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 winters
No hurricanes
No tornados
No blizzards
No earthquakes

– 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:
Diamond
Platinum
Uranium
Vanadium
Magnesium
Chromium

– 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)

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