Around the World

Hallie Witwer
SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA –

This already sounds absurd, doesn’t it? I mean, sure, I can see where it might be kind of fun to say, “That’s right. I live in a city shaped like a pineapple”…

However, I don’t think the people in South Sudan hold much interest in childish fun right now. While their leaders are making plans for three major cities to take the shapes of a rhinoceros, a giraffe, and a pineapple (yes, this is for real), their people are living without clean water and paved roads. Mud huts appear to be the main architectural theme, and they’re surviving on less than one (U.S.) dollar a day! This is a country that has just emerged from over two decades of civil war, and this so-called “city planning” sounds like something that a bunch of preschoolers came up with after their teacher told them to make-over their neighborhoods.

Project Ridiculous is expected to take more than 20 years to complete. 20 years of time that we will just have to pretend isn’t being completely wasted. The entire city makeover will cost approximately 10 billion dollars. Government officials are meeting with investors to figure out how to make the project happen. I sincerely hope that if they do somehow manage to raise all of the money, enough time will have passed for at least a minuscule amount of common sense to permeate someone’s brain, allowing the money to be spent in a much more needed fashion.