Watching Virus Spread Back Home, Some Americans in Africa Stay Put

With the U.S. now leading the world in Covid-19 cases, its health care system fraying and economy faltering, some Americans abroad see their country in an unsettling light.

By Dionne Searcey and Ruth Maclean | New York Times

Mask shortages in hospitals. Inadequate coronavirus testing. Medical supplies flown in from overseas. And an international charity setting up a field hospital in Central Park. John Shaw watched from afar what was going on back home in the United States and decided to stay put, in Kenya.

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For Fulbright, Professor Ruotolo Explores Ghanaians’ Relationship to American Culture

By San Francisco State University

During Humanities Professor Cristina Ruotolo’s Fulbright scholarship at University of Ghana in 2018 – 19, she was invited to direct its string ensemble, which put her in contact with the city of Accra’s burgeoning classical music scene. As a result, the classically trained violinist expanded her Fulbright project, teaching and performing violin alongside her primary work of teaching courses on American literature and culture.

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Mother, daughter mission trip to Africa ends abruptly amid coronavirus pandemic

By Shawn Hardy |The Record Herald

There were no news reports of the coronavirus in Africa when a Chambersburg woman and her daughter, who lives in San Diego, left March 10 for a missions trip to Swaziland. Less than two weeks later, after much scrambling and many hours spent on the phone with airlines by people on both sides of the Atlantic, they got the last flight out of South Africa to the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why black Americans are moving to Africa

By Princess Jones| New York Post

Monique John wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped off the plane in her new home: the West African nation of Liberia.

“It was very rundown looking,” the Brooklyn-born 28-year-old recalled of her first glimpse of the capital, Monrovia, nearly three years ago. “But my feeling as I was walking along the city’s main streets was a sense of excitement . . . it felt almost like an out-of-body experience to finally be in Africa.”

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MEET THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO LEFT THE U.S TO OPEN A FOOD TRUCK IN GHANA

by Dana Givens

2019 marked the Year of the Return in Ghana. The tourism campaign called for descendants of the African diaspora to return to the continent and partake in the rich history that Ghana has to offer. As a result, over one million visitors traveled to the country last year, including famous celebrities, to encourage African Americans and others within the African diaspora to return to their roots.

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N.S. nursing home goes to Kenyan refugee camp to solve staffing shortage

CBC

A New Glasgow, N.S., nursing home believes part of the solution to a staff shortage is found at a Kenyan refugee camp.

Lisa M. Smith, the CEO of Glen Haven Manor, and several other representatives from Pictou County travelled to Kenya in November on the recruiting mission.

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