Posted on October 14, 2014
Celebrating Nyerere Day in Tanzania is a bit like celebrating George Washington in the U.S., because Julius Nyerere was the first president of the African nation and is considered Baba wa Taifa, or Father of the Nation.
Nyerere was a teacher who was born in Tanganyika and educated in Uganda and Scotland. He helped form the Tanganyika African National Union, and when the United Kingdom granted Tanganyika the rights to self-rule, he became Chief Minister. In the early Sixties, Nyerere led his nation to full independence and became its first president.
Democracy in action? (Not quite.)
According to the folks at March Against Extinction, one rhino is killed every nine hours and – even more shocking and horrifying – one elephant is killed every fifteen minutes!!!
Some of the Washington, D. C., marchers chanted things like “E is for Elephant, not Extinction!” and “1, 2, 3, 4, ivory's what they're dying for...5, 6, 7, 8, stop the trade, it's not too late!”
- Check out this website to learn more about endangered species—and how to help them.
- Check out this video to see some amazing wildlife in Tanzania.
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