Describe how you felt when Liberia was initially declared Ebola-free in June?
I was listening to the announcement on the radio with some friends. We started to record the difficulties we’d gone through as a people and how Ebola had devastated our country. Emotion grew and tears came dripping down our faces as we shared personal experiences of those horrific things we saw during the outbreak. But in all it was tears of joy, of how we fought together and won together.
How did you keep going after the outbreak returned?
Liberia was on our heart; we knew that we had to do something in helping to fight this deadly disease. We had a duty to discharge. The urgency for ending this killer disease in Liberia became our source of inspiration.
How have communities changed since the outbreak?
They have changed tremendously. Their level of awareness is enhanced, they are taking concrete efforts to be safe. Sadly, I personally feel there will always be some outbreak from this virus or other diseases as long as living conditions do not change. The poverty rate in Liberia is too high, the vulnerabilities are so many and the coping mechanisms are very limited. When an average Liberian tells you they haven’t eaten for about two days, it is not an exaggeration, it is a fact. Our people are dying from starvation and other curable diseases all because of abject poverty.
What’s your message to Tearfund supporters?
I’d like to say a very big thank you to Tearfund, the peace-loving people of the UK and all those who are supporting us in this Ebola fight. Liberians remain forever grateful to you all for your commitment in standing with us.