Ebola – our opportunity to face our realities squarely and collectively

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 December 2014

palo conteh and president koromaBenjamin Franklin s’ famous “Two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner”, aptly describes the realities of our convulsing, blood-soaked Sierra Leone today.

Between Ebola and razzmatazz governance, stand the distressed masses.

With our leaders obviously otiose, we cannot take it for granted anymore that the future prosperity of our nation is guaranteed. However, remembering our socio-political past can bring the much-needed honesty.

But just as we – our leaders in particular, can take inspiration from the high points of our history, so also should we be humble enough to take perspective from the low-points, including the events of the immediate few years.

Sierra Leone is where it is today, simply because for so long, we’ve always had a problem with political conversations that we believe can’t, or should not have for the sake of the sensibilities of particular individuals or ethnic groups, while the allure of sentiments over substance was gradually being raised to an art, in our see-no-evil-speak-no-evil studio.

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100 more British troops arrive in Sierra Leone – 273 dead in eleven days

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 October 2014

British troops in sierra leone4British Overseas Development Secretary – Justine Greening, has today arrived in Sierra Leone along with one hundred soldiers to speed up efforts in setting up treatment centres and make hundreds of beds available for Ebola victims.

Today’s arrival is in addition to the 300 soldiers that are already in Sierra Leone, as part of the British government’s commitment to spend £125 million in combating Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The UK support for Sierra Leone is the second largest governmental assistance given by any country to the Ebola affected West African countries, after the USA.

And by the end of the year, there will be a total of 750 British soldiers in Sierra Leone fighting the ebola virus across the country, as Britain once again step up to the plate when it matters most, saving lives in the former British colony.

With more than 3,000 people now infected by the virus, and over 1,000 dead, serious questions are being asked about the government’s honesty in reporting the seriousness of the Ebola crisis, and its commitment in bringing the humanitarian disaster to an end.

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