(July 21, 1951– August 11, 2014)
C. Assaad (via nevskygirl)
Odd. Suitable for this Weird, Wacky Wednesday.
"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Dear 11 year old Ericka,
What happened to you wasn’t ok. It wasn’t silly, or stupid, or ridiculous, or embarrassing. It was abusive. It was degrading and exploitive and traumatic. It was not your fault. Let me remind you that you are in 6th grade. You watch Lizzie McGuire religiously every Friday “night” at 7:30pm.
Please stay here with us.