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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
  Bob, Bono and Media cyclone
Live Aid apparently saved the Ethiopian famine’s poster child in 1985, and 20 years later the UK media claims it ‘found’ her looking beautiful. Nice story - shame about the facts.

'She had 10 minutes to live 20 years ago. Because of Live Aid 20 years ago, because we did a concert in this city and in Philadelphia, last week she did her agricultural exams in the school she goes to in the northern Ethiopian highlands. She is here. Don't let them tell you that this doesn't work. Look at this beautiful woman.' (1)

So Sir Bob Geldof introduced the audience of last weekend's London Live 8 concert to Birhan Woldu, the 24-year-old agricultural student from Ethiopia, better known as the 'poster child' for the Ethiopian famine of 1984.
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What Birhan Woldu's story really symbolises, distorted as it has been by the 'media cyclone' that Brian Stewart describes, is that this Live 8 circus has nothing to do with starving children, and is really All About Us. [...]

The whole article can be read at www.Spiked-online.com
 
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