Another mission in Burundi, my second and hopefully not my last. I had the honour of accompanying prof. Monti and prof. Falez once again and we were joined by Alfredo Schiavone Panni, professor of orthopedics at the Università degli Studi del Molise in Campobasso.
What can I say … I cannot wait to go back! My first time in Africa was a year ago, it was like being born all over again, Africa is an inexplicable experience! The magic and mystery of this continent gets into your blood and you feel compelled to go back again and again. In Italian it’s called “mal d’Africa” a feeling of nostalgia for Africa and its people. The explosive force of nature is manifested not only in its surroundings but also in those that live there. What I miss the most are the smiles, handshakes, hugs and joviality of the Burundian people, their joy for life can be found in their everyday routines and even in their suffering. The inner peace that Africa conveys is difficult to describe but is definitely infectious, they need us and we need them…

Achille Contini

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