Archive for February 6, 2009

Same ole dog shit!

In an article entitled “Ralph Lauren and Hungry Ethiopians” a Kevin Winge reported how the amount of money a community worker in Addis earns a year is the equivalent of what Ralph Lauren spends on “dog vest, a cashmere dog sweater, and a holiday riding dog coat – on sale”.

I personally have no interest in news of famine. An Ethiopian famine in particular. Not because I do not care for the dying country men/women and children. But because I can’t tell how true or reliable the always-politically motivated figures are. [Am I the only one who feel talking about problems you know you have no drive to do your part on has some insincerity in it?!. That it’s only a blame game you are playing with yourself so next time a “Save the Children” advertisement has an Ethiopian child on you can shrug your shoulder and say “enezih sewoch… cheresuwachew eko”.]

An article on famine in Ethiopia, when coming from anybody but those individuals or organizations who are working with the community at grassroots level, to me, is as insolent as those references to “starving children in Ethiopia” with which a spoilt brat is admonished into eating his veggies in books and dumb Hollywood movies. We, too, have stories like that with which we scare kids into behaving. We have “Joro qOrachu”s, “Aya Jibo”s and “ChiraQu”s. None of these people, however, are white and their story does not discuss the various homeworks the West gave Africa so she can’t spare a minute to dig herself out of poverty.

However, I found the “Eset aGeba”s underneath the article interesting, some enlightening. I’d have had my say, had I gone out of my way to help one child [who is hungry, in need of school tuition or somebody to buy him a uniform without which he can’t attend class]. Or, better still, if I can come up with a solution for the concerned parties whose various failures I simply love blogging about as some of my “deFar” fellow bloggers do. Knowing I didn’t and can’t, I gave it up. If you beg to differ, be my guest. If not, join me at The Swanky Pup where cute outfits await Woofs and Whiskers.

February 6, 2009 at 9:44 am 5 comments


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