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"Jerry, do you want to see the real Africa?"

My friend Franck said those words without skipping a syllable.

I paused, stared at Franck directly in the eyes with an indifference I knew he wouldn't catch. I wasn't sure how to answer that question. I had been in the Ivory Coast for nearly two months. My hopes to see the "real" Africa had diminished to the point of apathy.

What could the "real" Africa mean to Franck? I stared down at my beer, concentrating on the perspiration on the outside, than to the whole spicy chicken we had just shared.

Again, he asked me: Do you want to see the "real" Africa? Yes. I did not expect to stumble across what Franck was about to tell me.

"Jerry", Franck said, "Have you ever heard of leper? I looked at him puzzled, my mind still cloudy from having consumed two liters of beer.

"You mean leprosy? Correct?", I inquired.

"Ah, yes, yes. Leprosy", he said with such a casual nature. "You know about this disease?" There was something rancid in the way he said disease that made my stomach turn.

"Yes"

"In my village, that I grew up in as a child, there are many people who have this disease." Franck had my full attention. Why is this opportunity being presented to me now.

He continued, "The town is called Duquesne-Cremone and I want to show you the effects that this disease has on my people."

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About the Author

Jerry Englehart Jr.
englehartj Ormond Beach, Fl, USA

Publish Date  June 30, 2008

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  46 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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franckel

franckel says

jerry thanks for your mail.i want to tell you somethings ,now it's verry difficult for me because sine you go to america all my buissness fall down and i want to ask you help .sorry jerry help me to start anothers buisness with your possibilities.now im living with sommeone and it impossible for me to pay this house so jerry think to helpe me because my life go each day badly.i'm ask sorry helpe me .give my greetings for your parents.
take care.your friend franck.i'm expert for yor call or your response

posted at 09:53am Feb 23 PST

franckel

franckel says

jerry thanks for your mail.i want to tell you somethings ,now it's verry difficult for me because sine you go to america all my buissness fall down and i want to ask you help .sorry jerry help me to start anothers buisness with your possibilities.now im living with sommeone and it impossible for me to pay this house so jerry think to helpe me because my life go each day badly.i'm ask sorry helpe me .give my greetings for your parents.
take care.your friend franck.i'm expert for yor call or your response

posted at 09:53am Feb 23 PST

sylvie12

sylvie12 says

Ok this is my email address (amessanfranckel@yahoo.fr) this is my telephone number 0022502925346.

Please i excpect your mail and calls.

posted at 11:21am Feb 20 PST

englehartj

englehartj says

Franck

I haven't been able to keep in contact with you because your email addresses do not work anymore. Email me again so I have an updated way to keep in contact with you.

posted at 11:06am Feb 20 PST

sylvie12

sylvie12 says

jerry i'm very desapointed because you forget that you promise me and the villagers now i'm not happy can you write me tell me somethings.franck

posted at 09:42am Feb 20 PST

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