SOBRE LOS AUTORES
La historia comenzó cuando Linton pasó un año de voluntaria en Zambia, siendo apenas una adolescente. Una experiencia breve y quizás intrascendente que magnificó vía novela aubiográfica, confirmando el adagio que bastantes africanos repiten en medios sociales con frecuencia: basta que un blanco extranjero se pase una temporada en algún punto del continente africano para que se convierta en un experto en él y pueda escribir novelas, dar conferencias y montar exposiciones con su experiencia con autoridad.
I had come to Africa with hopes of helping some of the world’s poorest people. But my gap year had become a living nightmare when I inadvertently found myself caught up in the fringes of the Congolese War.My innocent dreams of teaching the villagers English or educating them about the world now seemed ridiculously naïve. With a cheery smile, I’d waved goodbye to Dad and jumped on a plane to Africa without researching anything about its tumultuous political history or realising that my destination – Lake Tanganyika – was just miles from war-torn Congo.But I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger. I witnessed random acts of violence, contracted malaria and had close encounters with lions, elephants, crocodiles and snakes. As monsoon season came and went, the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in neighbouring Congo began to escalate and then spill over into Zambia with repercussions all along the lake. Thousands of people were displaced and we heard brutal tales of rape and murder.Now that I’m a grown woman living in California and pursuing a very different dream – as an actress and film producer – I know that the skinny white girl once so incongruous in Africa still lives on inside me. Even in this world where I’m supposed to belong, I still sometimes feel out of place. Whenever that happens, though, I try to remember a smiling gap-toothed child with HIV whose greatest joy was to sit on my lap and drink from a bottle of Coca-Cola. Zimba taught me many beautiful words but the one I like the most is Nsansa. Happiness.
Taking care of Zimba, while dodging Rebels,& wildlife close calls in Africa's darkest jungles of Zambia. #LintonLies pic.twitter.com/iSDs0JO9x1— Lusé Fiasco (@Skip_toMyLu) July 4, 2016— Rosebell Kagumire (@RosebellK) July 4, 2016— Ryan Kohls (@ryankohls) July 4, 2016Ugh. Do people still think we don't have internet in Africa? In the 'jungle'. That we'll never read what they write about us. #LintonLies— Sithé Annette Ncube (@_LadySith) July 4, 2016