The amazing writer and artist AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack on http://anntogether.com/ alerted her blogging friends a while ago about the plea of her friend, the song writer Simon Tocclo at http://simontocclo.wordpress.com/, who was born in Liberia and who wanted to alert as many people as possible to a letter to the world from Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Many blogging friends replied and reshared this, and I wanted to reblog as well, but then needed to leave the blogoshpere for a while.
So I reblog it now. Please share this, too. Let’s not have the pain and suffering of so many people forgotten and supplanted by Thanksgiving and Year-End holiday bustle.
In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments…
There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We…
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