The response to the tsunami has been huge both in the media and the public response in terms of money raised. However I heard recently a static which shocked me (I think it was on channel 4 news). Every 18 day the number of people who died in the tsunami die in Africa.
Why is it that the Aids epidemic doesn't get as much support from the public as natural disarsters. The same can be said about other illnesses such as Malaria. Millions of people suffer from these conditions and so much can be done.
So what do people think, why is it that the people in the western world will donate so much money to the tsunami cause but not as much for causes like aids and malaria where the money is so desparately needed?
Attrition: so many deaths per day are "normal"
Ignorance: because it is "normal" it isn't reported and people don't think or know about it
The coutries effected by the tsunami are widely used for tourism. But Africa is not in comparison.
The media is also a large factor in this, as already mentioned they report the tsunami but not so much with the aids/malaria outbreaks in Africa. There is also the fact that many British have died and many more are still missing and so it can be related back to here. There is always going to be more interest in a story if it has some relation to the country. After all papers are there to sell, the tsunami would sell papers by people looking for relatives but the African situation wouldn't have the same effect.
I agree, I just think it is sad that the aids epidemic doesn't get the same publicity when it really needs it.
It just seems that the attitude of the world is that "millions die every day... but until now, none of them was important".
i have a south african friend...
"AIDS is the best thing that'll ever happen to africa"
As harsh as it is, it is all to do with what cause is fashionable! governments dont donate money as governments, they donate it as representatives of the people and as a result whatever is in the forefront of peoples' minds will be the cause the donate to. I agree with the above post that after a while of people hearing about things they just get tired of them, it is a sad fact but a true one.