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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

YouTube Star Ms. Rachel Under Fire for Global Fundraiser

Popular kids' influencer Ms. Rachel faces backlash for Gaza, Sudan, and Ukraine fundraiser. Critics attack her campaign for omitting Israeli children, sparking a heated debate.

American YouTuber Rachel Accurso, known as Ms. Rachel, is facing backlash after launching a campaign to raise funds for children in distress in Gaza, Ukraine, and Sudan. Known for her popular videos for toddlers, Accurso is being criticized for not including Israeli children in her campaign.

In a tearful video on Instagram, Ms. Rachel revealed that she was facing severe bullying. “The bullying is so bad, it is so bad… saying I don’t care about all kids. It just hurts so bad,” she said.

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She emphasized her love for all children, regardless of nationality or religion. “Imagine for one second what a mom is going through unable to feed her child, or give her child clean water, or keep her child safe,” she lamented. “I care deeply for all children. Palestinian children, Israeli children, children in the US — Muslim, Jewish, Christian children — all children, in every country. Not one is excluded.”

Accurso highlighted the human need to support children in dire conditions. “Any child suffering is on my heart,” she stated. She launched a Cameo account to raise funds, pledging that “every penny” earned would go to Save the Children, an international humanitarian organization.

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“Every booking aids children in critical regions like Gaza, Sudan, and Ukraine,” she announced. Her Instagram update reported raising $50,000 in just a few hours, pledging to create 500 videos before continuing the fundraiser later.

Despite the backlash, Ms. Rachel remains committed to her mission to support children in need. Her efforts highlight the power of social media to drive humanitarian aid, emphasizing empathy for all children, regardless of nationality.