U2 frontman, Bono, has criticised the Australian government for not sending aid workers to Ebola-affected regions of West Africa.
As the Ebola crisis hits close to home, with one woman in Brisbane being taken to hospital for tests (which came back negative) after a scare last night, U2 frontman, Bono, has attacked the Australian government, accusing it of not doing enough to support West African regions affected by the disease.
Speaking out against Prime Minister Tony Abbott during last night’s episode of 60 Minutes, Bono said the government’s decision not to send aid workers to West African regions affected by the threat of disease was “outrageous” and “not very Australian.”
“[Politicians have] got to account for their actions, including your prime minister,” the singer said.
“I thought it was outrageous, the idea that you wouldn’t send medical workers to West Africa.
“This is just not the Australia that I know,” he said
Bono went on to lash out at the Australian government for being preoccupied with protecting its own borders, rather than looking at the bigger picture and the humanitarian effort in need of more support.
“To think Australia’s very far away and you can protect yourself by protecting the airports and the docks, it’s not very smart,” Bono said.
“You have to protect it at the source of the problem. These diseases do not respect borders,” he said.
Bono is the founder of foundation, ONE, which aims to prevent the spread of diseases, as well as bring an end to extreme poverty.
“I think we all saw this [picture of] this young kid lying in her own excrement and a load of people just standing around watching her die because they didn’t, they just knew not to touch her and she’s lying there dying,” Bono said. “These are very dangerous moments.”
Gayle Smith, senior director at the U.S. National Security Council, has shared her take on the crisis, saying, “This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity.”
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