Pop star Emeli Sande has received criticism for the lyrics
of the Band Aid, the 30th anniversary version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
which was recorded to raise money for anti-Ebola charities. This criticism
comes from 29-year old British nurse and Ebola survivor William Pooley.
William Pooley was evacuated from Sierra Leone by military
plane in August after he contracted Ebola working as a volunteer in the West
African country. He made a full recovery after treatment in a London isolation
unit with experimental drug ZMapp, and travelled back as volunteer in October
to work in Sierra Leone again. He urged people to donate to charities working
directly to treat the disease, such as King's Sierra Leone Partnership which he
works with, as money from governments was arriving slowly.
"But stuff about 'Do
They Know It's Christmas?' It's just like, actually people live normal lives
here and do normal things. It's Africa, not another planet. That sort of
cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There's a lyric about 'death in every
tear'. It's just a bit much." said Pooley.