ZAMBIJA – ZAMBIA

Biciklisti-Bicycle men

Biciklisti-Bicycle men

Cistoca je pola zdravlja-The Clean Restaurant

Cistoca je pola zdravlja-The Clean Restaurant

Deca u provinciji Lukulu na zapadu zemlje-Children of Lukulu province in the west of the country

Deca u provinciji Lukulu na zapadu zemlje-Children of Lukulu province in the west of the country

Drvo zakaranda-A jacaranda tree

Drvo zakaranda-A jacaranda tree

Moj prijatelj Dr Goran Jovic nakon avionske nesrece-My friend Dr. Goran Jovic after the plane crash

Moj prijatelj Dr Goran Jovic nakon avionske nesrece-My friend Dr. Goran Jovic after the plane crash

Na ulasku u Livingston-Entering Livingstone City

Na ulasku u Livingston-Entering Livingstone City

Plameno drvo-A fire tree

Plameno drvo-A fire tree

Pripremanje hrane-Preparing the food

Pripremanje hrane-Preparing the food

Radoznali pogled-A curious look

Radoznali pogled-A curious look

Seoska scena-A village scene

Seoska scena-A village scene

Tipicno selo-A typical village

Tipicno selo-A typical village

Trzni centar-A shopping complex

Trzni centar-A shopping complex

Viktorijini vodopadi - Victoria Falls

Viktorijini vodopadi – Victoria Falls

Viktorijini vodopadi-Victoria Falls

Viktorijini vodopadi-Victoria Falls

Zalazak sunca na reci Zambezi-Sunset over Zambezi River

Zalazak sunca na reci Zambezi-Sunset over Zambezi River

Uvek sam se divio istraživačima Afrike, koji su bez dovoljno poznavanja
lokalne geografije, stanovništva, običaja, plemena, medicine, naoružani
entuzijazmom i željom da svoja istraživanja prikažu pred Kraljevskim
geografskim društvom, osvajali nova bespuća ovog kontinenta. Brus,
Livingston, Barton, Stenli bili su moji idoli koje sam zamišljao u malim
karavanima crnih nosača opreme, kako sa improvizovanim kartama u rukama sede
u sumrak ispred svojih šatora i, slušajući zov džungle, pitaju se kuda to
uopšte idu. I kad bi tako taj Dejvid Livingston prvi put čuo “dim koji
grmi”, kako domoroci nazivaju Viktorijine vodopade na reci Zambezi, a zatim
ih i ugledao, kakvo je to bilo osećanje? Siguran sam – osećanje vredno svih
prethodnih napora, osećanje ispunjenosti svoje misije. Zato sigurno
zaslužuje da se po njemu naziva grad na ivici zambijske strane tih vodopada,
skoro najvećih na svetu i svrstanih među Sedam prirodnih svetskih čuda.
Moderni Livingston je sigurno moj prijatelj doktor Goran Jović, jedan od
retkih, ako ne i jedini plastični hirurg u Zambiji. On sam pilotira malim
avionom koji je dobio iz humanitarnih izvora do najudaljenijih sela, spušta
se na improvizovane zemljane piste, vadi svoje prethodno sterilisane
instrumente i izvodi operativne zahvate na licu mesta. Koliko je samo puta
presadio kožu opečenima, rekonstruisao velike defekte tkiva, operisao
ožiljne kontrakture, zečju usnu i posledice ko zna sve kakvih afričkih
bolesti. Sve to on sistematski izlaže na afričkim i drugim kongresima, pa
zbog svojih rezultata čak postaje predsednik Istočnoafričkog hirurškog
koledža. A veoma je nesrećan kad mu se pokvari avion, koji inače sam
popravlja i kad mora dugo da čeka rezervni deo. Ili, još gore, kad mu se
avion sruši, a i to se desilo.
Retki su danas takvi ljudi, kao što je i Livingston bio retkost za svoje
doba.

Septembar 1999.
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I always admired the explorers of Africa who conquered its new territories
without the prior knowledge of the local geography, population, customs,
tribes and their medicines; yet they were equipped with enthusiasm and a
desire to show the result of their explorations to the Royal Geographical
Society. Bruce, Livingstone, Burton, Stanley – they were my idols; I
imagined them in small caravans with local black guides carrying their
equipment; I saw them sititng at sunset in front of their tents with
makeshift maps in their hands; while listening to the call of the jungle,
they must have wondered where actually they were going. And when David
Livingstone heard for the first time ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ as the
natives call the Victoria Falls on the River Zambezi, and then spotted them,
what did he feel? I am sure the feeling was worth all the previous effort,
it was the feeling of mission accomplished. For sure he deserves a city
bearing his name, situated on the verge of the Zambian side of the
waterfalls, probably the world’s largest waterfalls and one of the Seven
Wonders of the World.
My friend, certainly a modern day Livingstone, Doctor Goran Jović, is one of
the very few, if not even the only plastic surgeon in Zambia. He himself
flies a small plane that he got from humanitarian sources; he goes to the
most remote villages, lands his plane on makeshift earthen runways, taking
out his previously sterilised instruments and performing surgeries on the
spot. How many times did he graft the skin of the patients with burns,
reconstruct big tissue defects, operate on scar contractures, cleft lips and
palates, or treat the effects of various African diseases. He presents all
this systematically at African and other congresses of plastic surgeons, and
because of his results he even becames the President of the East African
College of Surgeons. And he is really unhappy when his airplane, which he
fixes himself, breaks down and he has to wait for a part for a long time. Or
even worse, when the plane crashes, and even that has happened!
People like him are a rarity these days, much as Livingstone was for his
time.

September 1999.

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