Deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We’re standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.

Paul David Hewson (Bono)

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“My Wish: Three Actions for Africa.” TED2005. Feb. 2005. Conference Presentation.

Source: "My Wish: Three Actions for Africa." TED2005. Feb. 2005. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote means that people in the West need to provide more aid to Africa, and the fact that we only provide a small amount of help means that we do consider Africans as being equal to, or as important as, everyone else. Specifically, Bono is referring to the need to address the extreme poverty, hunger, and disease in Africa. The quote is from the U2 frontman's 2005 TED Talk, in which he argues that the crisis in Africa should matter to the rest of the world. Watch the full TED Talk here: Bono - My Wish: Three Actions for Africa