Sunday, September 8, 2013

We Day; is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a blot on the Kielburger brand?

In a couple of weeks 20,000 screaming teens will converge on the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in a celebration of all things Kielburger.

The Kielburger cult claims to have built hundreds of schools around the world and saved countless third world children from whatever it is they save them from. Their "Free the Children" NGO must not be confused with the much longer established "Save the Children" NGO.

One of the keynote speakers at this years "WeDay" is Liberian president and Nobel prize recipient Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female head of state in all of Africa.

Here's a brief quote from the "Human rights in Liberia" Wikipedia page;

Both nepotism and corruption are indeed widespread in Liberia. Among the country's other very serious human-rights problems are ritualistic killings, police abuse, incidents of so-called “trial by ordeal,” arbitrary arrest, the denial of due process, violence against women, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, child abuse, human trafficking, and child labor.

That's not a flattering picture. Furthermore, those idealistic youth would be well advised to delve into Madame President's record on LGBT rights. They would be shocked.

Not that many of those idealistic youth will do that. The Kielburger brand is all about harnessing youthful idealism and energy into a dubious "aid" program that boasts top-drawer corporate sponsorships.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but those 20,000 youthful idealists should be aware that what they're really celebrating is Craig and Marc.

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