The Banality of Pity: Aid, Africa and the White Saviour Complex | AFRiTORIAL

This racialisation of poverty, particularly, the licentious and unethical [re]presenations of African Children in the media, through, renowned Charities, International NGO’s – their promotional advertising, fundraising campaigns; and oh, one must not forget, to throw in for good measure, the obligatory Facebook cover, photographs and memes, of the ubiquitous /emaciated / malnutritioned/ African child, with kwashiorkor, flies and all. Such imagery, are always guaranteed tear-jerkers: for example, of George Clooney surveying the body of a dead African in Sudan or Darfur; or how about Angelina Jolie, engaged in the superficial embrace of an African child, whose leg is visibly chained to some object omitted from the picture, only God can explain.I must hastily add, that this is not the state of play with all INGOs and Charities, quietly providing what Dambisa Moyo describes as “band aid” solutions, in their attempts to address poverty in the ‘developing world’, something quite distinct from sustainable growth – the desire real life African’s affected by poverty, have forreal jobs, and not the ones iconized in the minds of the peddlars and poverty pimps.

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