S. Africa will soon be below us as we head to London on the first leg of our trip back home. I am thoroughly impressed and proud of the ASU students who have been a part of this project. Everyone dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to make sure we are successful in offering our audience a peak into the dynamics of migration and xenophobia (and a number of other categories) in S. Africa.
It’s troublesome to know that we don’t have the answers or means to remedy the struggles of those in need, both foreign and native. To separate the personal from the journalistic has been complicated and I have had to remind myself that I am not here on a humanitarian mission, but rather to tell stories that try not to push an agenda. From what everyone has experienced and the personal connections we’ve made, this is going to be a difficult task. Yet, from what I’ve witnessed of our squad, I trust in each person’s ability to accomplish this goal.
The term “life-changing experience” has been tossed around in relation to this adventure, and while that is a drastically overused expression, I hope there’s some truth to it; for us or those we’ve met along the way. At the very least, our final product will be an imprint of our experience so that we will never forget what we had the opportunity to be a part of.