La mejor parte es a partir del minuto 4:25: “Your are not gonna save anybody, you are gonna save yourself”


This short documentary profiles a Kenyan activist who asks American student volunteers: “Why do you want to help us? Help your own country.”

A volunteer trip abroad has become almost a rite of passage for a certain set of Americans, particularly students. This Op-Doc video profiles a Kenyan activist who has one simple question for them: “Why?”

Nearly one million people from America volunteer abroad each year. They are mostly young, mostly affluent and overwhelmingly white. It made me wonder: when we look to do community service, why do so many — particularly the privileged among us — look to places so far from home?

I followed the Kenyan photojournalist and activist Boniface Mwangi as he spoke with American college students to get to the core of why it can be more appealing to “save” Africans like him than to address social inequalities on their own soil.


Produced by: Cassandra Herrman

Read the full story here: http://nyti.ms/14iMjCl

About the Author Airam Vadillo

📂Psicólogo en Acción Humanitaria. Ahora en Ramtha, frontera jordano-siria con Médicos Sin Fronteras. Soy alérgico a las mentiras, especialmente a las mías. • airam@uma.es 📍Mis opiniones son personales y no reflejan necesariamente la opinión de la organización en la que trabajo.

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