‘The Dakar Courier’ by Dror Burstein


From Words Without Borders:

Because of an error on the part of the graphic artist, the map of the world was printed without Switzerland. The country was swallowed up in the mauve of France, the blue of Germany, the Italian yellow and the Austrian orange. Each of these colors ran a little. The graphic artist failed to notice the mistake, and the map was printed and distributed in thousands of copies to all the elementary schools in Senegal, the Dakar Courier reports. It was only when the son of the Swiss ambassador to Senegal and Gambia came home in tears that his father noticed the shocking mistake. He immediately sent telegrams to Berne and Zurich and reported the incident with grim restraint. To his surprise, nobody in Berne answered him, and no reply was received from Zurich either.

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