Ed Sheeran means well but this poverty porn has to stop | Afua Hirsch

Aid adverts featuring ‘white saviours’ may bring in cash but they remove dignity from those in crisis, says author Afua Hirsch

Source: Ed Sheeran means well but this poverty porn has to stop | Afua Hirsch

But what will really effect change is not charity but activism. The problem with adverts of this kind is that, by denying viewers any context as to who “the victims” are, or the structural factors that have contributed to their situation, they give the impression that the suffering is inevitable. It is not. Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, which the UN has called the worst in the world, is being exacerbated by the continuing blockade by Saudi Arabia, one of Britain’s closest allies. Lobbying the government to stop selling arms to the Saudis would have a far greater impact than charity.