This will take less than five minutes.
Have a look at this illustration, and read the very short piece that accompanies the illustration.
With so much attention being paid to the death of one man from Ebola in Dallas — and news reports about the positive test result of the woman who cared for him — this short piece stopped me in my tracks.
The illustrator, Andre Carrilho, had this to say:
“I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first-world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering. A death in Africa, or Asia for that matter, should be as tragic as a death in Europe or the USA, and it doesn’t seem to be.”
Is he right? If so, what’s the remedy?