The Ebola Killer Machine is in our region of the African continent, and Sierra Leone now has a good taste of its savagery – the nation is in awe of it and our government is in sleepless nights seeking ways to combat it. Distress messages and signals have been sent around the world – and one by one our friends are coming in with help.
Like everyone knows by now, Sierra Leone doesn’t want help; we NEED it; and it brings hope to our hearts to see how other nations are responding to our distress and coming in, big time, with what we need.
When Haiti, for example, was besieged with a hurricane, help came rushing in on time with little or no protocol – that, dear reader, makes one appreciate the neighbour principle, and the message of belonging to entities like the UN and its affiliates bodies seemed relevant and necessary.
When Ebola struck our region, reports state that pledges were made which, if all were in by now, we would have seen a marked improvement in our fight against it. But, sadly enough, such help is being tied down to bureaucracy. You’re left with the feeling that our relevancy is second-rated compared with other regions, say, like the Middle East. If this is so, then you ask what’s the relevance of being signatories to bodies like the UN, if not but to further the interests of bigger nations like the USA and the UK, for example?
Proper blame leveling will come later, certainly, but for now we will concentrate on the solutions, and giving praise where it is due.
Yes, the World Health Organization has been here alongside our medical team and doing their bit in the fighting – but we will never forget that it was in their care that our lead doctor against Ebola, Dr. Umar Khan, died. We know for certain that if anyone should know the severity of the virus, it should be WHO, as they are on the ground. Late as it is, they have finally declared Ebola International Emergency (is it because the disease is now in Europe and the USA, among other regions). We thank them, but whether that praise is really due we will leave that to their consciences, if they have any at all.
Now, China (let’s call them White Africans) has flown in medical assistance worth USD1.6 million to help Sierra Leone fight Ebola. (Courtesy Awoko Mobile News).
In spite of all its drawbacks (according to some who call themselves propagators of democracy), China often seems to be on the right side of history in coming in with help when it is most needed. But the USA and Europe is capable of doing that too, one will add, if not more even. But Lord, they are tied down to bureaucracy, and most times nineteen-twentieth of their aid often returns back to them in the form of consultancy and administrative costs. Hmm.
But give China credit, big time credit please; they know what it means to be hungry, to be sick, to have poor infrastructure and they come in on time to your help. (Oh, laugh away that all of their help is cosmetics but how come you who have the genuine article or the real McCoy remains a stone-hearted Mr. Scrooge or a money-glut and interest-laden Shylock?) Look, the Sino-Africa relation is working, and we appreciate that, in every sense of the word.
But then other nations are more capable in fact! If you ask me, these nations shouldn’t even think of using cargo ships to bring in medical equipment and capable personnel to our region – let them use cargo planes! Like we know already, Ebola knows no tribe or nationality; your shores could be the next Ebola stop, man. It is worse than terrorism!
In the meantime, we thank China, one hundred percent. We will do the same for you too, when you see reason as China has. People say, better late than never, yes.