No, this is not a story from The Onion. Of all the random celebrity humanitarian ‘missions’ to Somalia or the neighbouring refugee camps heaving with Somali refugees, this one really baffled me.
50 Cent Curtis Jackson, visited the Gedo region as part of a mission sponsored by the World Food Program, doesnt strike me as the type to spend much time thinking about hunger and global poverty. Pretty much because of the picture below and the crude materialism espoused in his music. The star of a film called ‘Get rich or die tryin’ visiting people whose challenge was to get to the camps or die on the way. Something about that doesn’t sit right with me.
One positive aspect of his interest in the crisis in Somalia is that he has committed to providing 1 billion meals for the hungry (no specifics) which is pretty remarkable despite the fact that it is tied to a cheesy promotion of his energy drink brand.