The Ebola virus is terrorizing Sierra Leone and its West African neighbours. I have been in contact with Rev. Alusine Kargbo, who has been updating me on the Ebola situation in Kamakwie. He wrote on September 11, “Hello, there will be a stay at home for the whole country from the 18th of September 2014 to the 21st 2014. Keep on praying for us as we are still EBOLA FREE.”
This quarantine, which has been going on in a variety of forms since August has been life saving. However, it has also been difficult. The flow of goods and people in and out of the communities has stopped. For Kamakwie and surrounding areas, where there are not grocery stores as we know them or refrigerators or freezers, this is incredibly challenging. Rev. Alusine reminded me that this impacts not only the food supply, but also other things, such as available medical care for the many other health issues people face.
I am worried, however, because despite Rev. Alusine’s declaration that they are Ebola free in Kamakwie at the moment, reports from news agencies are a consistent reminder of the deadliness of this disease and its current unrelenting progression.
And I can’t stop thinking about how frightening it must be to sit and wait and wonder who in your country will survive.
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