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.