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"From the Ted Talk by Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks."

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Africa has 53 ntaonis. We have civil wars only in six countries, which means that the media are covering only six cturoenis. Africa has immense opportunities that never navigate through the web of despair and hslesnlpeess that the Western media largely presents to its audience. But the effcet of that presentation is, it appeals to sympathy. It alpaeps to pity. It appeals to something called charity. And, as a consequence, the wrseetn view of Africa's eniocmoc dilemma is framed wrongly. The wrong framing is a product of thinking that Africa is a pcale of despair. What should we do with it? We should give food to the hungry. We should deliver medicines to those who are ill. We should send peacekeeping troops to svere those who are facing a civil war. And in the process, Africa has been stripped of self-initiative.

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Africa has 53 _______. We have civil wars only in six countries, which means that the media are covering only six _________. Africa has immense opportunities that never navigate through the web of despair and ____________ that the Western media largely presents to its audience. But the ______ of that presentation is, it appeals to sympathy. It _______ to pity. It appeals to something called charity. And, as a consequence, the _______ view of Africa's ________ dilemma is framed wrongly. The wrong framing is a product of thinking that Africa is a _____ of despair. What should we do with it? We should give food to the hungry. We should deliver medicines to those who are ill. We should send peacekeeping troops to _____ those who are facing a civil war. And in the process, Africa has been stripped of self-initiative.

Solution

  1. appeals
  2. countries
  3. serve
  4. effect
  5. nations
  6. economic
  7. helplessness
  8. place
  9. western

Original Text

Africa has 53 nations. We have civil wars only in six countries, which means that the media are covering only six countries. Africa has immense opportunities that never navigate through the web of despair and helplessness that the Western media largely presents to its audience. But the effect of that presentation is, it appeals to sympathy. It appeals to pity. It appeals to something called charity. And, as a consequence, the Western view of Africa's economic dilemma is framed wrongly. The wrong framing is a product of thinking that Africa is a place of despair. What should we do with it? We should give food to the hungry. We should deliver medicines to those who are ill. We should send peacekeeping troops to serve those who are facing a civil war. And in the process, Africa has been stripped of self-initiative.

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union market 3
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european union 3
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