Ebola, the Evil Visitor

If you have been following the news for some months now, you must have heard about the events in the world; the ebola outbreak, Isis in Iraq, abducted girls in Nigeria, the Catholic Church reforms, terrorist threats and attacks in different parts of the world. Many events have been happening some are good while some are bad news.

Africa is a beautiful continent. It is home to world’s most populous people. Africa is also mother to other continents, according to the geographic information of plates. I am African. Africa is blessed with many natural and human resources. I call it the oil pot of the world, enriched with many mineral resources, wildlife, green vegetation, rivers, falls, and above all beautiful diverse culture and languages.

One thing I love about Africa is the warmth of the people. I grew up in a continent where your neighbour is also part of your family, where people look out for each other, where you have to check on your neighbours unannounced, where strangers turn to family, where we show respect for the elderly and also take care of them and others.

But unfortunately, Ebola have visited my beautiful Africa. The evil visitor came knocking and have dwelled among my people. It has claimed the lives of many people; parents, children, young and old. More than 4000 people have died from this deadly virus which is more deadly than HIV/AIDS. The virus has continued to spread because of our cultural practices like hugging, shaking hands, caring for the sick etc.

Shaking hands and hugging have become part of our tradition. Africans do not hesitate to show love to one another or even to strangers by hugging or shaking hands. That is how we show our warmth and care to others.  But unfortunately, the Evil Visitor have destroyed this tradition for us. We are scared to hug one another or shake hands. We are so scared of touching or greeting people. We do not offer to help the sick people anymore because of the fear of the Evil Visitor.

Truly, the Evil Visitor has taken something very special from us, but I know we will win this evil. And for this, we need everyone to work towards fighting ebola out from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Africa needs support from the world. Imagine if this outbreak was a new oil discovery, most developed countries will fight to have a piece of the cake. These affected countries need your support, let us come together and fight ebola. Together we stand against Ebola!

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Imma.

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