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WHO head: World’s focus on Ukraine over other countries is due to racial bias

  • In a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and current World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused the international community of racial bias, claiming far less attention was being paid to crises in places like Africa and the Middle East versus Ukraine.
  • “I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way,” he said solemnly. “Some are more equal than others. And when I say this, it pains me. Because I see it. Very difficult to accept – but it’s happening.”
  • The WHO head cited the crises of Ethiopia, where he is originally from, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria, as also requiring immediate attention.
  • Combined, over 66.6 million people are considered in desperate need of humanitarian aid in those four countries alone, not including the millions who have already fled.
  • The Ukraine crisis has displaced approximately 6.5 million people within the country, with over 4 million having crossed the border to neighboring countries such as Poland and Hungary.
  • Ghebreyesus was especially critical of the media for giving a disproportionate amount of coverage to the Ukrainian crisis and called for the need for “balance” in considering all lives as “precious” in spite of race and ethnicity.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and current World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused the world of giving just a “fraction” of its attention to Black lives compared to white. 

In a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday, Ghebreyesus called out the world for racial bias, claiming it valued Ukrainian lives over those in other parts of the world, especially Africa and the Middle East.

African Students in Taiwan for Work-Study Program Allegedly End Up Skinning Chickens in Factory

More than 40 students from the African country of Eswatini reportedly ended up skinning chickens in a frigid factory after coming to Taiwan to complete a bachelor’s degree under a work-study program.

MingDao University, located in Changhua County, recruited 47 students for the said program in 2018, promising four years’ worth of tuition, accommodation and a monthly stipend of $200 for living expenses.

Interracial Marriages Between Africans and Chinese on the Rise as 1 Million Chinese Live in Africa

Growing economic ties between Africa and China has reportedly brought about a significant increase in interracial unions between Chinese and Africans.

While mixed-race marriages may be a relatively new concept in China, they have reportedly been on the rise in recent years as the country’s trade and investment continue to flood into Africa.

Kenyan Police Raid China’s State TV HQ Looking for Illegal Chinese Immigrants

A number of journalists and staff of China’s state-run international China Global Television Network (CGTN) based in Nairobi, Kenya were arrested and briefly detained by immigration officers following a raid of their headquarters on Wednesday.

The raid, conducted while Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was attending a China-Africa forum in Beijing, was reportedly part of Kenya’s crackdown against illegal immigration.

South African Restaurant Gives a Djembe Drum to Korean Diners and Magic Happens

A mesmerizing video of South Korean diners giving an impromptu performance of “Circle of Life” inside a South African restaurant has captured many netizens’ hearts online.

First posted on YouTube channel 여행에미치다 on Jul 29, the jaw-dropping footage begins with an employee of the restaurant handing over an African skin-covered goblet drum called the Djembe to one of the diners.

Quincy Jones Thinks Asian Music Came from Africa, So We Checked

While Vulture’s recent interview with Quincy Jones published on Wednesday may indeed be a mix of all sorts of crazy for many, it was undeniably fascinating. 

In his incredibly candid conversation with David Marchese, the 84-year-old legendary jazz musician and industry icon did not hold back and made some pretty bold claims that many may find ridiculous. Shockingly open, some of his most outrageous pronouncements include Michael Jackson stealing songs, the Beatles being “the worst musicians in the world”, and Jones dating Ivanka Trump over a decade ago. 

Man Bikes 10,000 Miles From Africa to China to Help The Poor in Benin

In an effort to help impoverished communities in the West African country of Benin, Yuan Jianglei raised money by riding his bicycle from Africa to his hometown in China — a 16,000-kilometer (9942 mile) journey that took him almost a year to finish.

This month, the 26-year-old is set to make his return to Benin and fulfill his promise of installing solar power stations and water wells there.

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