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'If you visited programmes across Africa supported by Irish aid agencies, you would see a different continent to the one portrayed by
Kevin Myers: you would see children seizing the opportunity for education and any improvement to their lives'

'If you visited programmes across Africa supported by Irish aid agencies, you would see a different continent to the one portrayed by Kevin Myers: you would see children seizing the opportunity for education and any improvement to their lives'

'If you visited programmes across Africa supported by Irish aid agencies, you would see a different continent to the one portrayed by Kevin Myers: you would see children seizing the opportunity for education and any improvement to their lives'

I have been in two minds about responding to last Thursday's piece by Kevin Myers ('Africa is giving nothing to anyone -- apart from AIDS'). However, given how my friends and colleagues have reacted to the article, I feel it necessary to respond. The following words have been used: cynical; selfish; misguided; inhumane; loathsome; myopic; disrespectful; racist.

The offensive reference to "almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive indigents", the assertion that Africa contributes nothing except AIDS, and the suggestion that millions should be allowed to die of preventable disease stray well beyond journalistic fair comment.


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