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I'll just paste it here, because I doubt that the "Times of Swaziland" is going to get on my case. It's worth glancing at the original for the comments though. This mirror has some good comments too. Keep in mind that the contents of this blog are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the US Government or the Peace Corps.

It's from the Letters to the Editor section:

Sir,

My name is Willard Windsor a resident of New York, United States of America.
I was born in Swaziland in 1964 and I left your beautiful country with my father when I was three years old.
My mom stayed on in Swaziland until 1986, and when she came back to the States she told me that if I wanted a happy life I should marry a Swazi woman, as they know how to take care of their husbands.

I didn’t listen to her then but I’m willing to listen to her now.
I am coming to Africa for the soccer world cup next year and I would like to use that opportunity to visit Swaziland as well, and hopefully meet and marry my new wife.

So I am hoping that you will publish my request for women who would like to marry me to send me emails so that I can communicate with them and make a proper choice before coming for the world cup. Briefly about myself; I’m a VP for Acquisitions at an Independent bank in New York City.

I am a divorcee and I have a 12 year old daughter. I’m looking for a woman between the ages of 20 to 40, and I’m not too picky; I just want a woman with a good heart to help me raise my daughter and take good care of me. I make good money so my wife will not need to work or worry about finances. So please publish my details in your newspaper and help me meet my future wife.

Willard Windsor.
willardwindsor@aol.com


The editor responds:

Windsor,

My immediate thought to your request is that I hope it is a genuine interest you have in our women. I also do hope that you are not just looking for someone to keep you busy during the month of the world cup. Having said that, it obviously lies with all the women who will show interest to make sure they know what they are getting themselves into.

Otherwise, let’s appreciate what your mother told you, it goes without saying that she is very right. We have beautiful women, who were raised right, and who I am sure, are intelligent enough to see through certain cons. Good luck, and may all those who will be interested tread carefully!

Editor.

Comments

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collegecate
Dec. 27th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
I like how welcoming the editor is; he doesn't seem at to feel that Windsor is trying to "steal the women" of Swaziland at all. Perhaps that's a bit cliche and he is above such provincial thoughts. A truly ballzy letter.
dragonladyflame
Dec. 28th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
There are a few angry comments along those lines, kind of .... Saying things like "you're trying to make our desperate sisters into slaves". I also find the editor's response rather disconcerting, but then again, the first rule of third world countries seems to be that any pathway out is a good and not-judged pathway.
ursus_arctos
Jan. 1st, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Heh. I just wonder what sort of emails that guy gets....
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