Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

National Poetry Month - Poetry from West Africa: "Regresso" by Amilcar Cabral

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought we'd discover a few West African poets. 

The following poem, Regresso (originally written in Portuguese - Regresso means "Return") was written by Amilcar Cabral, who was a writer, activist, politician and agricultural engineer from Guinea-Bissau. He led the nationalist movement in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, and the war of independence in Guinea-Bissau. Unfortunately he was assassinated 8 months prior to Guinea-Bissau's independence.  The following poem is about rain, and the great need for it on Cape Verde. 

Because there is so little rain on Cape Verde, the importance of rain is felt daily - draughts are regular, making it difficult to grow enough food for its population or for export. Can you feel the importance of rain in this poem? It is considered a friend and a salvation.

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