Pel, der er leder af Play31 Sierra Leone, har sendt os en opdatering på situationen i Sierra Leone. På tragisk vis hærger Ebola stadig i landet, hvor regeringen i fredags indledte 3 dages udgangsforbud i et forsøg på at dæmme op for Ebola-epidimien. Læs hele Pels beretning her:
It is sad and unfortunate to live in a country like Sierra Leone where the dreadful and merciless killer epidemic is hunting and destroying. There is little or no reason why this scourge should scavenge very poor, illiterate, and marginalized people, first in the Eastern districts of Kailahun and Kenema, and now a full blow, spreading in the Northern region of the Country, killing and leaving the whole nation in disbelief.
With regards our involvement with the Ebola sensitization in the country, the Sierra Leone Team of Play31 deems it fit that we continue working with our communities through our Peace Ambassadors. Conflict has not eluded the communities in the outbreak of Ebola. Minor disputes still erupt, and the Ambassadors are charged with the Mandate to educate and monitor the exercise of human rights, peace and unity, and development.
Peace Ambassadors should be engaged at sectional level, schooled in the prevention, and practice the dictates of medical advisers. It is easy for our Peace Ambassadors to engage their communities, sensitizing them about the acceptance, and how early reporting of the illness helps in the survival scale. This is so especially in Moyamba district where Ebola cases have been reported, and the early sensitization will help save lives. Though converging together is prohibited as a means of minimizing contacts, village to village sensitization of the people will help, and mostly the Ambassadors represent various villages in the sections.
It is unfortunate that the Government is finding it difficult to contain the Ebola outbreak. In three days from now, the whole Country will experience a shut down, a strategy to combat the fast flow of the Ebola virus. The Capital Freetown now report of Ebola cases every day, and panic has gripped the whole city. Taxis that use to carry six people is now obliged to carry just three, a means of minimizing contact. Commercial Motor Bikes are not allowed to ply the roots after 7pm. Four airlines have grouned all flights to Sierra Leone, cost of commodities are on the increase, only at the mercy of rouge business people. Farming, a major means of survival in the rural areas have suffered as a result of the Ebola outbreak. People are not moving, and the means of accessing food is becoming narrower every day. Trade Fares have been suspended as a result of the Ebola. This means the rural people have to struggle, trying to meet their basic needs amidst poverty. Major financial institutions, especially mining companies have folded because of the fear of the deadly Ebola. Nurses are now in fear of risking their lives for lack of protective gears to carry out their work.Ebola has ravaged the East, South, North, and now Freetown and its environs in the West. On the whole, we need to contact our Peace Ambassadors in the 12 sections in Moyamba district
Play31s communities in Kailahun district, where the project was initially piloted are face to face with the Ebola and its brutal and inhuman way of ending peoples lives. We can not risk our personnel to work as of now in Kailahun district because of the severeness of the Ebola in that district. We will use the opportunity in our Follow Up visit, a program that gives us the opportunity to get feed back on our work in the communities, to invite the Peace Ambassadors to a Training at grass root level, on the Ebola epidemic. Sadly, Schools have not reopened, due to the interruption of the Ebola.
Play31 hereby expresses deep rooted feeling for all those who have lost their lives in Kailahun districts as a result of Ebola. Play31 will certainly miss the recruitment date this year for the Play31 Girls Peace Club in Moyamba district, South of Sierra Leone, which usually commence in September, coinciding always with there opening of schools. But schools will not reopen in September because of the rapid spread of Ebola in the country. Hand shake, a tradition here in Sierra Leone, is forbidden, a common means of contact before May this year. Sierra Leoneans are slowly realizing that Ebola is REA , and that it is killing until stringent measures are taken.