I’m glad to see that Africa is finally giving back…
Just kidding. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the media/non-profits removed the colonial lens and had an honest discussion:
If we say Africa, what do you think about? Hunger, poverty, crime or AIDS? No wonder, because in fundraising campaigns and media that’s mainly what you hear about.
The pictures we usually see in fundraisers are of poor African children. Hunger and poverty is ugly, and it calls for action. But while these images can engage people in the short term, we are concerned that many people simply give up because it seems like nothing is getting better. Africa should not just be something that people either give to, or give up on.
The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries, and we want these to become known. We need to change the simplistic explanations of problems in Africa. We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on Africa’s development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.
This kind of stuff is depressing, but it also gives me hope.
Wadi al Abu Jabara. Beit al Ahan. Jaar. Dhamar. Al-Saeed. Tappi. Bulandkhel. Hurmuz. Khaider khel.
These are the names of places. They are towns, villages, junctions and roads. They are the names of places where people live and work, where there are families and schools. They are the names of places in Afghanistan and Yemen, which are linked by one thing: they have each been the location of drone strikes in the past couple of months.
When I wrote butt chugged I simply thought—this will be a clever and possibly shocking turn of phrase. I didn’t think it would lead to multiple people sending me all different ways of ingesting alcohol. Nevertheless, Brendan found this one:
Teenagers have found a new way of getting drunk by inserting vodka-soaked tampons into their vaginas, says a Phoenix police resource officer. And it’s not just girls; boys are inserting the alcohol-drenched feminine hygiene products in their rectum.
I think we can all collectively say—kids these days.
Update: Thankfully, vodka-soaked tampons are a hoax says Snopes. There is a reason why Brendan and I are not journalists. Thanks to Tara for finding this link.