A thoughtful blog post from Gina Tringali at GT Food & Travel, an Italian food and wine expert who helped us at a NFG Fundraiser in New York City. Thank you Gina for your support and assistance in spreading the work about Nyawa Funding Group.
Most Americans can not even imagine what every day life is like in a country like Sierra Leone, much less having to live through an epidemic like Ebola where thousands have died and no one is safe. These people are fighting for their lives. This is a different kind of front line and the world has a new type of warrior.
By Jason Lamin
As a Sierra Leonean, bearing witness to the Ebola crisis that continues to ravage West Africa has been particularly difficult. Over the past six months, my thoughts have been constant and heavy for victims of this deadly virus, and the thousands of families who will have to cope with losing loved ones – especially the most innocent of all: children.
Whether we choose to acknowledge our global connectedness or not, isolated incidents of Ebola here in the U.S. are an acute reminder that we share this earth with others.
Ebola also reminds us that we all share responsibility in ensuring that the billion+ people across the globe that are hanging on to the bottom rung of humanity, are not forgotten. The slow and inefficient response by the developed world to assist in containing Ebola 6 months ago is testament to what seems like a prevailing mindset of… “us” and “them”.
For those of us with roots in West Africa, this has been more than discouraging and painful to observe.
My hope is that as the world now hustles to contain this virus, that we learn from this horrific experience; and the urgency with which developed nations have addressed the disease in their own back yards, will be the same urgency applied in the future. Even in the farthest corners of the globe, and to other matters of humanity that connect us all: poverty & hunger, human trafficking, education, gender equality, disease and healthcare and of course climate change.
No doubt Ebola is a frightening and deadly disease. It has claimed thousands of lives and thousands more will likely succumb before the disease is contained in West Africa.
But people in Sierra Leone were fighting before Ebola.