Sunday, November 25, 2012
Africa has seen it all. If Western industrial nations, especially in the Christmas season is raising money for Africa, Africa is represented very needy and weak. Children without clothes, skinny kids, slams, very poor hygiene supplies and so much more. We have heard so many "well-intentioned" Songs for Africa, "We Are The World" "Do they not its christmas." The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund has now turned the picture! This time africa helps an industrial nation. Here is their brief description of the video: Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway? 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. The video was posted on 16 Published November and now has over a million views. What do you think about the idea? I think the idea is great, the video is to show the rich countries that Africa is not all that weak and hopeless as it is portrayed in the media. Many things are changing day by day on this great continent! Africa and its inhabitants would do very well if the progresses would be more mentioned in the media. Good work Bos and Sis!