GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP ...: ABC radio presenter Martin Corben with new friends in Busua.
GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP ...: ABC radio presenter Martin Corben with new friends in Busua.

African adventure



HE was charged by an elephant in Botswana, pick-pocketed in Senegal and ate pig intestines in China: after 12 months of 'globe trotting' ABC radio presenter Martin Corben was planning a 'reflective New Year's Eve'.

The Lismore-based reporter said he did not intend to have 'any huge celebrations' but was looking forward to the new year.

"For me the focus will be on others ... I hope that 2005 will be a better year for peoples throughout the world as they recover from disasters and rebuild their lives," he said.

Mr Corben recently returned to Australia after spending a year travelling throughout South-East Asia, southern and western Africa, and Europe, resuming his role as breakfast show host earlier this week.

With many of his listeners calling to welcome him back, Mr Corben said he found it difficult to describe his overseas experiences.

"The feeling you get travelling to places like western Africa where you get a bit of culture shock every time you enter a new country ? how do you explain that?," he said.

"These are places where you mightn't see another white person for three weeks ... places with amazing music, colour and vibrancy".

Mr Corben said one of the de- fining moments of his travels was when he and his partner Amanda helped a family in Ghana to re-establish their restaurant.

"Before we left some friends gave us $100 to find someone somewhere to assist ? someone that some economic help could really make a difference to," he said.

"There was a family in Ghana who we ended up helping with their restaurant, a business venture that ended up going well for them. The $100 went towards buying a new fridge, new tables and chairs ? there is no way that that amount could do so much here."

He said his experiences emphasised how the western world lived at the expense of the developing.



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