This is the way in which news out of Africa is often presented in Western media: “every x seconds someone dies of starvation in Africa; we can stop this”, “every one in x African children is a child soldier” etc. I’ve been guilty of it myself, given my fondness of statistics. As an antidote to this disaster talk, there’s this:
You can add further commentary if you want:
- “The US has promised to send a shipment of millions of seconds to the areas in Africa hit worst by the passing of time”.
- “Oxfam points to the need for family planning and birth control, given the fact that overpopulation in some areas of Africa has led to overconsumption of seconds”.
- “The World Bank is investing millions of dollars in better time producing industries in several African countries”.
- And so on. Leave your own suggestions in comments.