What do we do with Africa? (#1)

Matt Wade wrote a compelling piece in Saturdays SMH called A Tragedy in Niger. With photographer Janie Barrett, his article brings a personal and broad picture of the issues in Africa.

Drought

Poverty

Political Unrest

These words are so foreign to western ‘city’ dwellers. We know what they mean but it is so difficult to emphasize with what they look like on the ground

Africa has been a continent in need for generations. We have seen the ads of starving children for decades. In my head I know I am immune to the emotional plays made by marketing guru’s who want my heart, my dollars, my …

Matt Wade focuses on Niger, but the story is not much different Somalia, Chad, Mali and other countries. The figures are daunting

  • 6.5 million people in Niger are starving (18 million affected)
  • 8% of kids admitted to hospital from malnutrition die
  • The number of  kids suffering malnutrition arriving at hospital has quadrupled
  • Australia Govt has given 31 million in aid since January

What do we do with Africa?

Step 1 – Be aware. Read the article. Skip the politics and the blame game. Simply be aware. Read the stories of the kids. Pause at the numbers.

More tomorrow  …

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