Christian Long

Bono: Call to Action for Africa

In TED Talks on May 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Reflection by MATT S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Bono:  Call to Action for Africa

I believe that if more people watched this video and actually listened to what Bono had to say instead of just thinking to themselves that this is another boring thing about Africa, then I think that more and more citizens would start to help Africa more than ever.

His words of that this is not a cause but an emergency would really get to people and touch the ones that have had nothing and be inspired to help Africa in their time of need. More and more people die in Africa because they don’t have enough medicine to help the citizens. But that is because not enough people are donating to give them resources and new medical equipment. He says that 11 million orphans have AIDS and that by the end of the year there will be 20 million. Every day 9,000 more orphans will catch HIV because of stigmatization and lack of education. That’s an emergency.

He talks about that the problem isn’t the lack of charity, but it’s about justice. Africa as he says makes a fool of our justice. This ongoing problem questions our commitment and concern toward them. We think about ourselves before anyone else and I bleieve that you should do the opposite. Bono brings up an interesting poing that poverty breeds despair and despair breeds violence. We don’t need and Africa doesn’t need violence in a time like this. We should be doing all we can do to help them as much we can without causing violence and despair. There’s a possibility that the violence in Africa could lead back to America.

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