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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:05 PM

Radi-aid: Spoof charity single asks Africans to donate radiators to Norway

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/radi-aid-charity-single-africa

Frostbite kills too so lets spread some warmth, says music video designed to mock patronising and misguided appeals for Africa

Who ever said Norwegians don't have a sense of humor? Just in time for the holidays, a Norwegian group calling itself Radi-Aid has launched an appeal to ship radiators from Africa to Norway. Their cause is the plight of freezing children during Norway's harsh winter months. It's complete with a new music video, and incorporates all the right tropes (see here, here and here) some people might miss the satire.

These people aren't playing around though. Their effort is a serious critique of misguided development, and of the Western media coverage which often accompanies it. What they want:

1. Fundraising should not be based on exploiting stereotypes.

2. We want better information about what is going on in the world, in schools, in TV and media.

3. Media: Show respect.

4. Aid must be based on real needs, not "good" intentions.

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DreamGypsy Nov 2012 #1

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:39 PM

1. 5. Some connection should be demonstrable...

...between the aid received and the amelioration of the problem.

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