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Subject: [Leica] Phillip Tambala: A tribute
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Sat Jan 24 13:02:40 2009
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I recall your earlier postings.  Sorry to hear about Phillip.  Here's 
wishing you the best in your efforts to pick up the slack.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel Ridings" <>
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: [Leica] Phillip Tambala: A tribute

> Some of you who know me know that I work a lot in Africa. In the past
> it was Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa. Now it is Malawi.
> I met a man, Phillip Tambala:
> After the initial reaction of "oh-no-not-another-beggar", I realized I
> was dealing with a special man. He was industrious, focused (on his
> family) and generous. Besides his own immediate family, he took on
> many orphans.
> I don't give away money. That's useless. I do things. We had our
> little projects. A house, crops, things like that.
> Phillip died a couple (now few if a couple is more than two) of months
> ago. Malaria. Basically, that meant his family would probably starve
> to death.
> I'm now a farmer. Ask me about the hideous prices of fertilizer that
> is required in order to make gene manipulated corn to grow, and I can
> tell you. I finance about 12 acres of corn (and beans). If any of you
> get a chance, that is the way to help. Things are looking good and if
> it keeps up (the rains have come), there will be enough of a harvest
> to feed the family the whole year with a surplus that can be sold to
> finance next year's crop.
> I'm going back in a couple of weeks and am taking prints with me.
> Here's a sample.
> Political: those of you who know me know that I would never praise
> George W. Bush, a catastrophe for the world, without reason. But
> locally, in Africa, he has been a blessing. Not a blessing in
> disguise, but an outright, full-fledged blessing. I hope Obama can at
> least hold the course, a difficult task in its own. When it comes to
> US politics in Africa, Bush is a hard act to follow.
> Now ... just waiting for that little fever top from the yellow fever
> vaccination and I'm off.
> Daniel
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