Project React

TUSIND TAK TIL ØLSNEDKEREN!

REACT vil gerne sig tusind tak til ølsnedkerenØLSNEDKEREN, som har doneret et øl-bryg til REACT. Hele overskuddet går til vores IT-center i Sierra Leone. Vi er meget stolte og glæder os til at smage øllen, som forventes at være klar omkring årsskiftet. Øllen vil bl.a. blive solgt på RETROs cafeer i Jægersborggade og Knabrostræde. Glæd dig – den bliver hammer god!

Sving forbi ØLSNEDKEREN i Griffenfeldsgade og læs mere om bryggeriet og værtshuset på deres hjemmeside.

 

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HOW EBOLA AFFECTED MY EDUCATION

It was May 2014Emilia when this deadly virus invaded our beloved country at this moment I was in junior secondary school. In June we were to start our Basic Education Certificate Examination but this deadly Ebola virus spread rapidly and it led to cause for alarm. The president declared state of emergency. We were stopped to take the BECE exam because of the spread of the virus.

I had to stop schooling for nine months. The stop of access to education had led to so many female students to getting pregnant. This is draining our education!

As an ambitious young girl I aspire to become a medical doctor, but the virus has dragged my education backwards. If we hadn’t had Ebola, I would have been in senior secondary school and would also have peace in mind because I am moving forward bit by bit, but Ebola kills so many good teachers, professor and lecturers in our schools, universities and institutions.

This Ebola war that we are still fighting, causes so many harmful effects in our educational system and the development of our beloved country.

God please help us to eradicate this deadly virus out of our country so that we can excel in our academic and let our future be bright because now our future is bleak and we don’t know what will happen next.

God please heal our country.

This story is written by: Emilia Fornah, Magburaka.

This article has been brought to you thanks to financial support from CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling) and it is one of a series of articles reporting on the current situation in Sierra Leone.

 

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FAMILY SEPARATION BECAUSE OF EBOLA OUTBREAK

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Memunatu at work at the burial center

My name is Memunatu Sesay. This is my story.

I am a native born of Tonkolili district. I am one of the Ebola burial volunteer staff.

Ebola have made me an enemy of my family.

I started to work on 15th September 2014 as a Ebola burial volunteer staff. On the day I started working, my mother called all the members of my family and said that they should stop having contact and business with me because I was now working as an Ebola burial staff and I would be a victim of Ebola some day during my work.

I received phone calls from different parts of the country from members of my family and they told me that I should not be a member of the family anymore and if I got infected with the Ebola virus none of them would come to my funeral. I should leave the family house immediately in order not to infect other in the family with the Ebola virus.

I went to a friend’s houseMemunta2 and she accepted me to stay but under the condition that I should always wash myself together with my cloths with soap and water before entering her house after returning from work, and I did that every day because I didn’t have any other place to stay.

When I received my first salary from the donors, I bought a bag of rice and some cooking materials, but my mother and some members of my family rejected them and asked me to leave the compound and also told me to go away with my Ebola food and that they didn’t need anything from me. I replied them that I was involved with the Ebola burial staff because I am fighting against the Ebola virus to save our country.

My family and I are still never together because of Ebola and today I am still living with my friend.

This article has been brought to you thanks to financial support from CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling) and it is one of a series of articles reporting on the current situation in Sierra Leone.

 

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The journalist Saidu Bah has visited the Lion Heart Medical Centre and talked to the Medical Officer, a nurse and a patient about the challenges they have faced during the Ebola-Outbreak. You can hear the interviews here: https://soundcloud.com/re…/lion-heart-medical-centeryele-mp3

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Go! Away Ebola

Abdul Mansaray 2

Abdul Mansaray

Ebola, you are a devastating monster, you have come to wreck the honor of my people, and you have put deep mistrust among us. You have killed, parted family members, our loved once have died untimely because of you, Ebola.

Go away Ebola. We are tired and weary of you. We can no longer welcome our loved ones in the African way with warm embrace, hugging, kissing and shaking of hands.

Ebola, you have made life difficult and unbearable for us at home, at work and everywhere else

You have instilled fear; no one is to be trusted.

Life is uncertain for us with the consequences of death at the door. Remember you have killed one of us.

Go away Ebola, you have driven away our friends and partners. We want to see our friends again coming to push mama salone forward. So go, go Ebola.

 

Ataya Base

The Ataya Base, one of the places Abdul enjoyed coming.

The poem is dedicated to the sad event of our dear brother, friend Abdul Mansaray (called DJ Shakoh), who lost his life at its prime as a result of the Ebola virus.

He was a colleague at the library but later left the library for greener pasture. Everyone knew Abdul under his nickname Shakoh. Abdul was sociable and friendly with a smiling face for everybody he came across. He was always ready to give a helping hand where it was needed.

What a great loss and suffering you have coursed the peaceful people of Sierra Leone, Ebola.

 

Thomas Turay

Thomas Turay

 

This poem is written by Thomas Turay the librarian and former boss of our late Abdul Mansaray, blessed memories.

This article has been brought to you thanks to financial support from CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling) and it is one of a series of articles reporting on the current situation in Sierra Leone.

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SURVIVOR OF EBOLAMK

My name is Michael Kamara and I am 25 years old and studying in the town of Makeni. I live in Magburaka and was Ebola affected on the 15th of February, 2015.

This is my story.

I was the only one that was taking care of my sick mother, when she was complaining of headache, fever and muscle pain. After a few days she started vomiting and suffering from diarrhea. I wanted to take her to the hospital but she refused. After two days, her condition became worse. I contacted the Ebola Call Centre. A few hours later an ambulance collected her to the treatment centre. I ran away to the bush because I didn’t want to be quarantined. After two days my mother died at the treatment centre and was confirmed to be Ebola positive.

 

Weeks later I started experiencing the same symptoms as my mother. I agreed to myself that if I should die, I would let it be in the treatment centre and I reported myself at the centre. When I arrived to the centre, one of the nurses tested my body temperature. It was 39.9 degrees and it was going to increase further in time. They took me inside and gave me a bed and basic items that I could use during the treatment. They gave me food but I didn’t have appetite to eat and during the night I started vomiting. The doctors and nurses gave me drips and tabs. They asked me how I was feeling and I told them that I was feeling better. They counseled me and told me that I was Ebola positive. I felt awful thinking that I should die, but the supportive treatments gave me courage. They gave me different types of food to build up my body.

 

There were specialized people working at the treatment centre and they came to counsel me every day. However, I was always thinking of my late mother, she was the only one I had before she died as I lost my father when I was five years old.

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Certificate from MSF stating that Michael is Ebola negative.

 

After seven days I was tested for Ebola again and this time it was negative. When I was discharged the 2nd of March I got a certificate, showing that I was Ebola negative and some basic items to start up again. Today I am still afraid of Ebola, I am especially afraid that my friends and relatives will become ill with Ebola. I don’t want them to be infected with the virus after the experience I had. Even though I am now well again I am still facing the consequences of Ebola. Thus there are people, who are afraid of me and avoid interacting with me.

 

 

 

 

Written by Michael Kamara.

This article has been brought to you thanks to financial support from CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling) and it is one of a series of articles reporting on the current situation in Sierra Leone.

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An everyday challenge

WrittAlysiousen by: Alysious M. Fornah, daily operator at Magburaka Education & Computer Centre

The Ebola outbreak has in many ways affected the everyday life in Sierra Leone.
One day I was out of money and decided to go to the bank the following day. When I reached the bank, doors and windows were locked. I asked the people around why the bank wasn’t open, they laughed and said: ‘’You don’t know that the bank only opens three days a week because of the Ebola outbreak?’’ It meant that I had to return home without money. I couldn’t buy food from the market as I had promised my farther and everyone at home was frustrated about the situation. We only managed to eat rice, palm oil and spice that evening.

fi bank
Due to the Ebola outbreak, the bank in the town of Magburaka has reduced opening hours. As a result every time the bank is open, it is really crowded and full of people. This was also the case when I went to the bank again the next day. There were so many people standing outside the bank waiting for the number of people to be reduced inside the bank. Once again I was discouraged because I strongly try to avoid body contact. Still today, the bank has not increased their opening hours and the situation continues to affect both family life and businesses in Sierra Leone.

 

This article has been brought to you thanks to financial support from CISU (Civilsamfund i Udvikling) and it is the first in a series of articles reporting on the current situation in Sierra Leone.

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REACT is a danish NGO working in Sierra Leone.

REACT is a danish volunteer-based NGO under the RETRO Association. REACT has established a socio-economic project where business and humanitarian work is combined with the vision of creating an economical sustainable project, which in time will be financially independent of Denmark.

Links to: REACT Facebook, REACT Vimeo or REACT Blog.