YubaNet.com
Thursday, April 24 2014

            We Deliver News to the Sierra
News Fire News spacer Latest News spacer Regional News spacer California News spacer USA News spacer World News spacer Op-Ed spacer Enviro News spacer Sci Tech News spacer Life spacer Odd News spacer Cartoons spacer
Features The Calendar features features Weather features Sierra NightSky features features features Road Conditions features Home spacer
Life
 

"Africa for Norway" Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral



       

By: Ayla Harbin, YES Magazine!

Nov. 30, 2012 - You've heard of the starving children, homeless refugees, and millions of people dying of disease; not to mention wars, disasters, and celebrities raising money to fix the problems of the Global South.

But what about the Norwegians?

Where are Bono and Angelina when it comes to the invisible people of Norway, who are suffering, unnoticed, in their freezing habitat?

A new charity, Radi-Aid, seeks to help these poor Northerners by collecting and donating unused radiator space-heaters. As their promotional music video belts, "There's heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share."

The video, which was released on YouTube on November 16, has already garnered more than 1.5 million views and has been featured in media outlets like Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and NPR.

The homepage for Radi-Aid, a campaign spoofing the approach of celebrity-driven charities, states: "Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?"

The organization's true purpose is to spread the idea that the media should show respect for, provide better information on, and not just exploit stereotypes of the people they seek to help. Radi-Aid says aid should be "based on real needs, not 'good' intentions."

Click here to find out more about Radi-Aid and their mission.

Ayla Harbin is an intern for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions.

 

Help us bring you more news. Be a real reader: Support YubaNet

By submitting a comment you consent to our rules. You must use your real first and last name, not a nickname or alias. A comment here is just like a letter to the editor or a post on Facebook. Thank you.

Comments powered by Disqus

 

Latest Headlines

Life

Taking a walk may lead to more creativity than sitting, study finds

Children living with a lone parent are as happy as those with 2

ATVs Are Dangerous to Children: Must be Designed Safer

CSPI Estimates 400,000 Preventable Deaths from Excess Salt Since 2010

May is Garden for Wildlife Month

Your Earth Day Moment of Zen: 96 Seconds of Cute Elephants

This is What Global Warming Looks Like (VIDEO)

"How's My Waterway" Now More User-Friendly / App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

Make a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day

How Birds Really See the World (video)


More

 
 
 

NEWS . Fire News . Latest . Regional . California . USA . World . Op-Ed . Enviro . Sci/Tech . Life . Odd News . Cartoons
FEATURES . The Calendar .Weather . Sierra NightSky . Horoscope . Road Conditions
YubaNet.com . Advertising. About Us . Support YubaNet . Contact Us . Terms of Use . Privacy

YubaNet.com © 1999-2014
Nevada City, California (530) 478-9600