BKB: A better life for young in poverty

Bono has defended Madonna’s attempts to adopt an African baby. The U2 frontman involved in political activism praised the 48-year-old singer and actress for giving one-year-old David Banda a chance of a better life.

He said: “Madonna should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginable and giving him a better chance in life. Baby David is lucky to have been adopted by someone who can give him a chance of survival in this world and I don’t think it’s fair that people are criticising her.”

“About 20 years ago when my wife Ali and I went to Africa, shortly after Live Aid, a man who quite clearly loved his child came up to us and begged us to take him.

“It is heartbreaking but he asked us to take his child home with us because he couldn’t feed him. This happens all the time in parts of Africa where unthinkable poverty means people simply can’t feed their children.”

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Aaron is a sub editor working and living in Christchurch. His first job included writing a review for the Franklin District newspaper, of a marae initiative promoting health and well being for kaumatua (the elderly).

Brought up on his marae Tauranganui in Port Waikato, Tainui with his grand parents, Aaron truly grasped the country lifestyle and embellished his cultural upbringing. With 10 siblings to nag at, Aaron learned respect and kotahitanga (together as one) from a very young age. Moving to the city at the age of 16 was a big step for Aaron and recalls “finding it considerably difficult to adapt to the fast paced lifestyle of a towney”.

His whanau ties include Tainui and Ngati Porou, East Coast. The majority of his family are spread out across New Zealand which gives him the opportunity to travel and experience life in other necks of the woods.

Mr Kirk loves the outdoors and is considered snap-happy when confronted with a beautiful landscape. Don’t be surprised if you see him in your town taking pictures. With a bachelor in communication studies, diploma in digital media and certificate in radio under his belt, Aaron hopes to secure a “dream job” in an industry he has grown to be passionate about.
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