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Louis looked at me 'So you want advice?' He put his fork down. 'Look here,' he told me. 'You're lucky, things are changing at just the right time for someone like you. The whole of Africa is opening up to you. If I were your age, the first thing I would do is put on a rucksack and go north. I would go and see Africa, and write about what I saw.' Hamilton Wende returned to South Africa in 1991. Looking towards a career in journalism, he was advised to pack a rucksack and explore Africa. Like many South Africans, he had hardly been north of the Limpopo, and so over the next four years he travelled to and covered stories in Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. True North journeys through a continent filled with the starkest contrasts of the brutality of warfare and its consequences set against serene and beautiful backdrops of the African landscapes.

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