"(Jaqueline) Kramlich now lives in Spokane, with her husband and four children they adopted in Uganda. She told me that the “cultlike” Christian milieu in Jinja was 'drastically disillusioning' to her faith. 'What you see over there is "I never wanted to go to Africa, and then God told me I had to—it’s his plan, not mine." The problem is, if you can’t make the choice to do it, then you can’t make the choice to stop doing it.' Kramlich is a patient-care manager at Assured Home Health, a facility for the elderly. She is also a co-creator of the Instagram account Barbie Savior, which follows the adventures of a Barbie doll engaged in 'voluntourism': taking a selfie next to a black baby on a hospital cot, squatting over a pit latrine. The bio reads, 'Jesus. Adventure. Africa. Two worlds. One love. Babies. Beauty. Not qualified. Called. 20 years young. It’s not about me ... but it kind of is.' "
American Renée Bach went to Uganda in 2010 a homeschooled 19-year-old bubbling with missionary zeal, eventually founding an NGO that fed local children. She's now the defendant in a lawsuit accusing her of performing medical procedures on two children who later died. What's not disputed is that upward of 100 children who came through her doors did die – according to UNICEF, four out of ten children under 5 die of malnutrition in Uganda every year. As the lawsuit makes its way through the courts, it becomes clear the real conflict lies within the expat community in Jinja where Bach – untrained in both social work and medicine – came up against a rival clique critical of her motives. But while the legal evidence against Bach is far from incontrovertible, she's most definitely guilty of being a white Christian woman who believes God wanted her to work in Africa.
Read: "A Missionary on Trial" by Ariel Levy in The New Yorker.