|—||Henry David Thoreau (Walden)|
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Dorassio’s older sister, Cynthia, comes every day to provide support, help him wash and eat, and keep him company.
Photo by Mathieu Fortoul/MSF
Dorassio is 23. He is among the many victims of the inter-communal violence taking place in the Central African Republic today. On January 18, he was shot in the arm in Bouar, in the country’s Northwest region. His arm had to be amputated. He was treated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Bouar, and then transferred by plane to the Bangui Community Hospital, where our surgical teams continue to monitor his condition. Here, Dorassio waits to be moved into the operating room at the Community Hospital. This will be his fifth operation since he arrived at the hospital.
He is my age. And yet behold our different fates. The accident of birth. Injustice distilled. He deserves better. Most people in my country don’t even know his country exists - let alone that it’s the site of mass violence.
This seems like a great advert idea but I am having some uneasy feelings about the execution. The larger print is too large and the small print too small - I shouldn’t need to zoom in to read it. It’s wordy and doesn’t give the oomph and punch that it could. Instead it relies on language that is trite and complaining. Also it’s playing on refugee status as misconstrued to be romantic and desired. Maybe I am out of the loop, but is this a common viewpoint? To whom is that misconception relevant? If it is toward those who feel somehow jealous of refugee provisions such as food/water/shelter, then I just wish that was somehow reflected in the description of the advert to give some context as to how this campaign is being used and to whom it is targeting.
"the united nations refugee agency is running a provocative international advertising campaign that employs shock tactics to raise awareness about its work and drum up public support for refugees. the pro bono campaign was created by the toronto office of the BBDO advertising agency.” - UNHCR
Edit: ok I’m adding more and tbh I could probably keep going but
So it’s asking for donations. Then the target audience seems to be twofold and contradictory, since it’s both asking for donations and reverse-romanticizing the refugee experience. It is also highly materialized. Yes , shelter is extremely important. Home is important. Safety is important. But by focusing on the material aspects of a house’a construction, eg lawns, floors, appliances, cleaning, this advert severely downplays the importance of HOME, comfort, family, and other non material or more emotional and meaningful aspects of home and life (including simply having a safe and secure and clean house, which is trivialized by the ad’s focus).
I really believe that any publicity is good publicity, so
things women worry about under patriarchy: rape, domestic violence, access to contraceptives, equal pay
things men worry about under patriarchy: getting called gay, paying for dates, why does the car wash give women $1 off on wednesdays
To wit: being encouraged to act out violently, being pressured to take responsibility for other people and things (whether they want it or not, whether it’s a good idea or not), being encouraged to engage in risky, dangerous behavior to successfully perform masculinity, being encouraged not to take emotions seriously or even recognize them within ourselves, being encouraged to sleep with as many women as possible to successfully perform masculinity, being taught a view that women are in need of your protection, idol-worship, resources, and men generally,
I could go on…. But let’s stop here and remember that patriarchy hurts everyone. And oppression of women is inimical to the humanity of both oppressed and oppressor. It’s a self-perpetuating and unhealthy system
Thought you guys might like this. There hasn’t been anything funny on here in a while. Xpost from r/funny
Photo by Kristine Langelund/MSF
In the Philippines: “I asked children to draw a picture of their community before and after the typhoon, and another as they would like it to be when it has been rebuilt. Then we make the paper into a boat and set it out to sail on the sea with a wish…Where I am from in Brazil, this is something that we do at this time of year, hoping that the New Year will bring good things to everyone.” -Ana Cecilia Weintraub, MSF psychologist
Read more: http://bit.ly/1i4GtqB
Africa is like, so exotic.
Lmao this was tagged “bet you can’t guess which of the 55 countries of africa I’m in”
Photo by Raphael Piret/MSF
Families displaced by violence in Bangui, Central African Republic, are living under the wings of an abandoned plane in a camp where around 100,000 people have taken refuge. Fighting continues in Bangui - already more than half a million people have been driven from their homes. MSF is providing medical care and vaccinations at several sites in Bangui.
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My brew which is darker than sin.
It’s deliciously sour,
Though I know within hours
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Wanting the caffeine to hit.
The taste makes me swoon
Though I know very soon
I’ll be on my white throne dumping shit.
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Noelle Roni says she fought against a policy requiring kids to get their hands stamped if they don’t have enough money in their lunch account. She was fired from Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette in the fall.
“The kids are humiliated. They’re branded. It’s disrespectful. Where’s the human compassion? And these are little children,” she said.
Roni was principal for nine years before being fired. She calls it a wrongful termination, and wants her job back.
Why in the living fuck is this not signal boosted the shit out of?