MSF loses a supporter
It’s hard to be against the efforts of Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres/MSF): they work in difficult conditions providing excellent care to people who have few if any other options. But recent ad campaigns by MSF have gotten out of hand. Take the latest example, “Girl”:
Perhaps the economic downturn has had a negative impact on giving to MSF, precipitating a need to use such a jarring advert that would compel donors to give in great numbers. I don’t deny the story they tell in the advert could really have happened (in fact, the makers remark the advert uses real audio recorded in an MSF field site). However, after seeing the previous (and related) advert, “Boy”, I commented:
as someone who has spent some time in Tanzania and Malawi, I come back to the US to answer questions from friends about what it’s really like in Africa and if it’s as bad as everyone says it is, or *gulp* worse. i think that viewers might perceive the advert to be about a place in Africa and that it would continue to distort their view of a place that isn’t always tragic (though i understand it is very much so in places where MSF works). i just think the advert furthers this whole “dark continent” nonsense.
All of this is to say you won’t find me recommending students seek jobs with MSF or encouraging rich MBA friends to donate to MSF causes.