Remember the crisis which hit Niger a while ago? Remember how around the month of July Niger was all over the news and how we started collecting funds and sending aid these poor people’s way? My question is why did we wait till around July to do something? Why did we have to wait till the situation got that bad? Why do we always procrastinate?
Niger received in ten days more that any aid it received during the whole 7 months which preceded all the media coverage. Thanks to the BBC which run shots of children with blotted bellies, mothers looking grief stricken, fathers desolately looking at nothing but dry land. That’s when I heard about the crisis. Though, the ONU did make an appeal for help since the month of February 2005. And the most incredible fact is that Niger's leaders where denying the hunger claims!
Its incredible but the impression I get that events have to have an “In” quality to them in order to attract our attention. They have to be tragic, they have to be bad. Failing to fill these conditions will inevitably make them unworthy of our attention. You see, this famine problem still persists in Niger today. There is an ongoing ongoing and rapidly emerging hunger emergency in Ethiopia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. I am yet to read or hear about them. They need help. They need food. They need an "active compassion". This is a long term situation we’re talking about. This is no “In” situation. But heck, who cares, they aren’t talking about it on the news or the papers so it can’t be that bad, right? Till the next disaster strikes.