M997.52.273 | Cut for a commercial!

Drawing, cartoon
Cut for a commercial!
Serge Chapleau
1992 ?, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Contrary to the good intentions expressed at its launch, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia is presented here as a media spectacle aimed at burnishing the image of the United States. This take on the situation is emphasized by the fact the soldier's "generosity" is being captured for posterity by a movie director whose technical resources contrast sharply with the impoverishment of the Somalians.

  • What

    The interference of armed gangs that were preventing the delivery of aid to the victims of famine in Somalia prompted the United Nations resolution and U.S. military mission aimed at restoring order.

  • Where

    Somalia is located in a region known as the Horn of Africa, on the Indian Ocean.

  • When

    Operation Restore Hope was launched on December 3, 1992.

  • Who

    The United States assumed command and control of Operation Restore Hope. The people of Somalia are among the poorest in the world.