yida refugee camp

anonymous asked:

Sorry but I just cannot get behind 100 Cameras. Is it even a charity? I don't think so. Here kid, here's a camera now document how fucked up your life is. Oh, you're hungry? Sorry, that's not what we do but I found some Tic Tacs in my pocket if that will help. I have to say though that she is matched perfectly to this endeavor. SMH

You don’t have to get behind it. It doesn’t make you a bad person.

Please don’t mistake what I’m about to say as defamation of a charitable cause. It’s not. All effort to improve the condition of humanity is important and I believe art is an vital tool in fostering change. I do. I think this charity has potential as being impactful to certain settings in the developed world, but it is pissing in the wind when it comes to the third world. Example. South Sudan.
This was a flagship project for this organization. There have been 5 projects since 2009 in which 47 children have raised $50,000 towards their community. South Sudan has raised $19,000 towards the betterment of a small orphanage. That is great for the few children there, but….

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/south-sudan

“By the end of the year, the number had increased to 40,000. At the PoC site, MSF maintained a 24-hour emergency room and provided more than 10,000 outpatient consultations,

👉🏻👉🏻treated nearly 1,000 children for severe malnutrition👈🏻👈🏻

and performed 300 emergency surgical interventions, 83 percent of which were conflict-related—mostly gunshot wounds. Tens of thousands of children were vaccinated against measles inside and outside the PoC. MSF ran mobile clinics and set up both a general and an antenatal clinic for people outside the site. Another team maintained a program of comprehensive medical services for some 70,000 Sudanese refugees at Yida camp, and undertook a pneumococcal vaccination campaign—the first ever in a refugee setting. Some 10,000 children under the age of two were vaccinated. MSF also has various decentralized clinics and malaria points throughout the PoC.”

The situation for children in South Sudan is dire (please take a moment to click the link above and read more) and this camera project is going to have no impact on the region or it’s children. If I have $1000 budgeted for charitable donations, I would rather it go where it will impact the most people. Do the most good. I’d rather help the 1000 kids about to die from starvation as opposed to the dozen or so comparatively well fed and sheltered orphans at the orphanage. The cameras project gets very little bang for the buck. MSF will do far more good on a far grander scale with my money than the cameras folk can.

Again, not discounting the cause. I just think there are far too many, far more urgent needs in the world. On the hierarchy of needs scale, the basics of sustenance and safety must be achieved before a person can progress towards education. Sudan isn’t at the point in civilization where the kids need a chance to learn a skill, they need safety, food, and water.

Anyway….. Where are all my penis inquiring anons?

Photo by Karin Ekholm/MSF

MSF medical staff administer oral measles vaccine to children at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan’s Unity State. An outbreak of measles started in Yida camp in late November. In addition to treating sick children, MSF launched a vaccination campaign to increase immunization coverage to protect children from future outbreaks.

Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan:

Bolis Jamal, 3, stands near his temporary shelter suffering from malnutrition at the Yida refugee camp along the border with North Sudan July 1, 2012 in Yida, South Sudan. The small boy arrived  a few months ago from North Sudan with his family escaping the violence.

Water has been a precious resource that aid agencies have struggled with. Yida refugee camp has swollen to nearly 60,000, as the refugees flee from South Kordofan in North Sudan with new arrivals at 300-600 a day.

The rainy season has increased the numbers of sick children suffering from Diarrhea and severe malnutrition as the international aid community struggles to provide basic assistance to the growing population, most have arrived with only the clothes they are wearing. Many new arrivals walked from 5 days up to 2 weeks or more to reach the camp.

Photo by: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images