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'Africa is not a country, and we are not starving' – Tweeps tell U.S. journalist

'Africa is not a country, and we are not starving' – Tweeps tell U.S. journalist

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Africans are calling out the education system and attitudes of people in the United States who continue to perceive the entire African continent as a country, and one that is starving for that matter.

The latest backlash against this ignorance and stereotype was unleashed on Twitter after a journalist in the United States shared a ‘student’s homework’ that recommended starvation in Africa as a solution to a problem called ‘Donald Trump’.

The post quickly went viral, with many people expressing shock that a journalist found the child’s solutions funny despite the gross misrepresentation of the conditions in Africa.

It is not the first time that Africans are calling out foreign media for misrepresentation. In 2017, twitter campaigns were used to draw the attention of international media channels to false stories and inaccurate reports including ‘Ghanaians struggle to obtain food and day-to-day services’, ‘Rooney’s grand welcome in the fishing village of Dar Es Salaam’ among others.

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