Not sure if I am the only one but I feel an overriding sense of nausea that a term like “poverty tourism” even exists….and that we, South Africa, fall within the top 5 destinations. Before you get excited this is not a competition worth winning.
Allow me to make this a notch more real –
How about I come to your middle class subarb with a cab, or even better a taxi (just to give it more authenticity) full of really rich people and drive them through your streets so that they can take pictures of you and your kids and your little 2 bedroom houses and your poor 5 year old Yaris’ and Polo’s. I’ll make comments like “Did you know many of these families require two incomes…just to survive.” or “In some situations children even have to share bedrooms.”
I will let them take group shots with your kids in Mr price clothing, that may even be hand me downs *gasp*. We will sample some of your chicken casserole and macaroni and cheese just to get a taste of what you have to deal with.
Not to worry though – when we are done we will do some form of charity work (if you’re lucky) so all your being treated like zoo animals won’t go to waste.
Do you sense any of my anger? Because it’s there.
What I hate about this situation is that it’s sold as a tit for tat sort of deal.
my money for your poorness.
Yes I know it brings Money from the west to our sucky economy but aren’t there a few tour operators who are really just pimping out our poor?
(Sidebar this post stems from an experience that I probably should of let sizzle out before posting, so I apologize for any offence, although I feel we should be offended.)