Menemukan catatan ini di sebuah komputer interaktif di Museum KAA (Konferensi Asia-Afrika). Tentang apartheid. Dan entah mengapa, menurut saya catatan ini menyentuh, nyaris mengingatkan saya pada puisi-puisi Terry McDonagh jadi saya menyalinnya:
– No winter?
Well, hardly. Most of the inhabitants have never seen snow.
– No earthquakes?
Well, maybe every several hundred years.
– What is this, a desert?
No, one of the most fertile countries on earth. Intensively cultivated, it could feed the whole whole world.
– It must be heavily populated, then.
No, it is under populated. More than twice the size of Britain with barely half of its population.
– There must be drawbacks. It is ugly?
On the contrary, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with mountains, valleys, plains, and great surf beaches.
– So it’s got everything?
Almost, including most of the world’s gold, not to mention:
– It sounds like paradise
It was—before the fall
– You mean there’s a snag?
Er, yes, a big one. This paradise is the most hated country in the world.
– The most hated country?
Well, not the country. It’s government. It’s political system. The system of apartheid.
(Source: Woods, Donald. A Graphic Guide to Apartheid)