It is starting in earnest now. 47 new people in quarantine today in the Kamakwie area. Five new people are in isolation with suspected Ebola: Jatukata Kamara is 22 years old. Janet Conteh and Amidu Kamara are just ten years old. Mohamed Kamara is only five years old. And, oh my heart, Marima B. Turay […]
This is a photograph of Rugiatu Kargbo. She is the sister of Kaba and Saion Kargbo, both of whom died of Ebola. Rugiatu is now in isolation. This is a photograph of Aminata (7) and Kadiatu (10) Bangura. Their sister Memuna tested positive for Ebola, and so these girls are now in isolation, too.
Two Ebola articles worth reading: The first, by Sophie Kleeman, reflects on a powerful illustration created by André Carrilho. It is called “One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What’s Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola.” The second, by Brendan Busse, S.J., reflects on how we respond to highly-contagious diseases. It is called “Contagious: Love […]
I just read this article by Jeré Longman in the New York Times: “Sierra Leone’s Soccer Team Struggles with Stigma Over Ebola Outbreak.” The first line says, “Fans taunt them with chants of ‘Ebola’.” This seems like a particularly hideous thing to do under the circumstances. I emailed Hummel, the maker of Sierra Leone’s football […]
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 […]
Two people have died in the village near Kamakwie. They have left behind four orphaned children–three girls and one boy. Their names are: Ishaii (14), Foday (11–the boy), Adama (8) and Mary (4). Can you imagine? My three children are 11, 9 and 4. Almost exactly the ages of their three youngest. And the idea […]
This was part of an email I received from Rev. Alusine this morning. “Despite we are pressed down on every side and many things went wrong, yet we are strong in the Lord’s sides as he leads the battle and I am sure this EBOLA will not distress all of us. Really at the moment […]
Makeni is just 90 kilometers (55 miles) from Kamakwie. This is the situation there now. Rev. Alusine sent me a note today talking about the people in their area affected by Ebola. Their neighbours are gathering food and supplies for them. I know because I went to Kamakiwe how little “extra” anyone has. And yet […]
This is another useful article from the New York Times. Kamakwie is one of these regions under quarantine. Makeni is about 100 kilometers (50 miles) away.
Ebola is now in the United States. Here they say they can stop the disease “in its tracks.” That is good news. I wish we’d been able to do the same in West Africa. Seven churches in the Kamakwie chiefdom joined together in three days of “whole night” prayer. They are now gathering what they […]
MSF executive director, Stephen Cornish, wrote an article in today’s National Post newspaper in Canada. Read More ...
I just received this email from Rev. Alusine a few minutes ago. I am so worried. Read More ...
This is a story from today’s New York Times about the three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone. The hope is that the lockdown will help limit the spread of Ebola. Read More ...
This is a link to a recent editorial in the New York Times. Read More ...
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. Read More ...
Many of you have raised or donated money for me to send to Kamakwie to pay for school fees for children there. Rev. Alusine just sent me an email to say that each of the children that have received your help have been promoted to new classes! Thanks for your kindness in helping these smart, hardworking kids! Read More ...
Kathleen was recently interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. You can watch the interview here. Read More ...
A short piece by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times on the conviction of Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Read More ...
This is a picture of the new Kakissy school, built thanks to Dr. Heather’s donation. The building on the left is the old school (with the walls finished!) and the yellow building is the new section. Read More ...
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