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A Smart, Satirical Look At What Development *Really* Does In Our World

When I think of global development, I mostly think of Westerners who either have well-intentioned ideas about the best ways to move the world forward and "advance" communities or, well, they have hidden $$$ agendas. Cue this satirical look at the "trust us, we know best, let us help you" approach that so often comes with development and how it can do more harm than good. Native peoples are being robbed of their land, self-sufficiency, and pride — hear more about how that is happening below.

This is causing serious harm in places like Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, even Arizona.

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In 1945, Lily Ebert, now 90, was liberated from a German munitions factory where she worked as slave labor after being transferred from the Auschwitz death camp.

A few weeks after being liberated, an American soldier shared some words of positivity with her, "The start to a new life. Good luck and happiness," he wrote on a German banknote.

The simple gesture was life-changing for Ebert and the banknote became one of her most treasured keepsakes.

"This soldier was the first human being who was kind to us," she told NBC News. "It was the first time after this terrible life that somebody was kind and I knew that somebody wants to help."

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