A few weeks ago I was made aware of a video circulating on Youtube created by an Oklahoma-based Cristian missionary group, Luket Ministries.
Without extending myself, the video shows American volunteers dressed in traditional Busuuti dress rom Uganda, dancing barefoot to the lyrics of “Get your mission on,” carrying water on their heads, cooking, washing, and more…
I’ll stop there, and will let you watch the video and refer you to a good critique on humanitarian aid and representation by AIDNOGRAPHY .
By the way, some good related articles on the aesthetization of poverty can be found HERE. Especially SKINS + SIGNS part 2, talking about Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village.