Tag Archives: Band Aid

‘Famine’ in Ethiopia – and ‘Foreigners’ there to help?

A day before I will board a flight to Addis Ababa, partly to attend the bi-annual World Conference on Humanitarian Studies organised for the 4th time by the International Humanitarian Studies Association, Ethiopia is in the news again for not-yet … Continue reading

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Live Aid, celebrity and humanitarian performance

The week after Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced that they would set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to the causes of ‘advancing human potential’ and ‘promoting equality’, is as … Continue reading

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Visual politics in action: How the image of a dead boy on a beach did little to change foreign policy or attitudes towards refugees

A few iconic images have shaped responses to humanitarian disaster and war. Who does not remember the naked girl in Vietnam, running away from a Napalm attack – captured by Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong Ut on 8 June 1972 … Continue reading

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Band Aid Thirty, the IMF and the call to trust the doctor!

Of course something was to happen for the 3oth anniversary of Band Aid, and the recent Ebola epidemic provided an opportunity too good to miss for self-obsessed Geldof and company! I will not engage here with the wider critique of … Continue reading

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From Band Aid to South Sudan: Celebrity-humanitarians, ‘Common–sense humanitarianism’ and the lasting legacies of a BBC broadcast

It is the 23rd of October 1984. BBC television shows the first of a series of broadcasts from Korem, a hamlet in Ethiopia presented as the epicentre of the famine that grips the country. For those of a certain generation, … Continue reading

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