The UNICEF Photo of the Year has been announced, and I couldn't possibly think of something more appropriate. Recall that the agency has tasked itself with—and is held responsible for—the well-being of children around the world. Check out how UNICEF decides to illustrate this calling:
What better way to care for the well-being of children than by celebrating the forced marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a man over 30 years her senior
Good thing the
Untied Nations still has its priorities in order.Update: Heh,
okay—so it's only appropriate that I can take a bit of schadenfreude
myself, considering how much I dish out.
When I originally posted this article, the UNICEF press release covering this award didn't seem to be online yet, so I was only able to go by the Associated Press' somewhat blasé caption. Upon reading the actual press release
(I linked it down in the comments thread), I do have to admit:—UNICEF is not
at fault here. They really are trying to illustrate
a problem that affects children.
So, with all that being said, I do apologize for the hasty conclusion, and hope that y'all can forgive the mistake. I'm still unhappy with the AP's description of the photograph, but hey, I really can't
blame that on UNICEF for a change. Thanks to those of you who challenged me on this—I look forward to seeing y'all again the next time I bring up problems with the UN
. And to those of you who are on the same side of "The UN Question" that I am, keep your eyes peeled. The organisation has plenty
of dirt to go around.
Alas, it looks like this one's aimed at
me for a change. Nuts: