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PHOTOS: An Eye-Opening Look At #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

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Blood Diamond. Famine. AIDS epidemic. Those are a few examples of what people know of Africa because that is what the media shows. A  17-year-old from Ghana who goes only by Rachel is sick of seeing such negative images of her home continent and she wants people to join in her initiative: the #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou campaign which highlights the positives of Africa.

Africa does have its problems. It is plagued with disease, high death tolls and infected waters, but there is more; there is better. Rachel told Mashable:

“I started this campaign because I felt that it’s time the world knew the truth about Africans, to hear our stories and to see the Africa we know and see rather than what some/most media outlets show to them. Being in Ghana, and being an African as well, I know there is so much more than the poverty, ethnic wars, and the disease. The world deserves to know there is something behind that.”

Here are the examples of the photos people are sharing through Twitter:

 

(featured image via afk travel)

This story was originally published on July 10, 2015