Thursday, December 11, 2014

Know Your Enemy

"It’s Africa, not another planet. Stuff about 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' It’s just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There’s a lyric about ‘death in every tear,’ it’s just a bit much."

Aid worker and Ebola survivor Will Pooley is no fan of the Band Aid 30 charity single - and he's not alone.

Meanwhile, Pooley and all those like him working in horrendous conditions to try to bring the epidemic under control have rightly had their efforts recognised by TIME magazine, who have named them collectively Person Of The Year for "tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving".

(Thanks to Jen for the first link.)

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