Alusine wrote this morning to let me know that Unisa, Yankanie, Isatu and Marie have become gravely ill and are being transported to the central isolation centre in Makeni. I worry because the New York Times reports that the situation in Makeni is also dire.
Alusine mentioned that he and other task force members had been strengthening security in the quarantined village as people had started escaping from it to go to other villages. “By the special grace of God, the situation is under control,” he wrote.
I can understand how much the people in the quarantined village want to escape. Imagine if you are not sick and you are told you have to stay in a village touched by the disease. Wouldn’t we all want to get out–to get our kids out–as soon as we could? It would take such fortitude to stay in place–to trust that it was the best thing.
I have just forwarded a dozen emails of support to Alusine and the people in the Kamakwie region from students at St. Bede Academy. If you are interested in writing a note, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see that he gets it.
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