#things wot bother us
Even in the most rural areas, we find modest houses full of satellite dishes. While most would consider this a remote village where poverty is extreme, these people still manage to have certain necessities. There is always the discussion about poor families spending money on weddings, tv, and sugared food in stead of healthy meals, clean water, or other preventative health measures. Development professionals find that living a well-rounded life is also important for these communities.
Yep. Even in North America, there is an ascribed (and false) assumption that people who are poor don’t get to have nice things, or frivolous things - if they do, they’re either wasteful or not really poor. But poverty ain’t simple, people aren’t rational beings, and poor people don’t deserve satellite tv or Jolly Ranchers any less than the rest of us. That’s a viewpoint that always gets our goat. (Not to mention pot, meet kettle.)
"One event that illustrated the gap between the Africa of conjecture and the real Africa was the BlackBerry outage of a few weeks ago. Who would have thought Research In Motion’s technical issues would cause so much annoyance and inconvenience in a place like Lagos? But of course it did, because people don’t wake up with “poor African” pasted on their foreheads. They live as citizens of the modern world. None of this is to deny the existence of social stratification and elite structures here. There are lifestyles of the rich and famous, sure. But the interesting thing about modern technology is how socially mobile it is—quite literally. Everyone in Lagos has a phone."
#first world problems
#white girl problems