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“Africa Doesn’t Need a Savior, America Does”

A Kenyan activist challenges the motives and methods of Americans who volunteer abroad.

Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan activist and photographer

An increasing number of Americans are volunteering abroad. The New York Times reports that an estimated 1 million Americans go overseas to volunteer each year, and African countries are the most popular destinations for these trips. Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan activist profiled in a New York Times Op-Doc video, wants to know: “why?”

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