My Words Against Ebola: HUMANITY and COURAGE

Publié: 9 mai 2015 14:19 CET

Linette Jonhera has been working with the Red Cross Ebola delegation in Liberia since November 2014.  As part of the “Words Against Ebola” campaign – a Red Cross initiative to promote knowledge, fight stigma, alleviate fear and overcome complacency through the sharing of positive words, Linette chooses ‘humanity’ and ‘courage’.

There is an African concept, ‘Ubuntu or Unhu’, which explains the idea of humanity; you affirm your own humanness when you acknowledge the humanness of others and treat them with dignity and respect.

There has been a lot of stigma towards Ebola affected countries. It is important to remember that the Ebola outbreak does not define Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. Ebola is not ‘their’ problem, it is the world’s. There is so much more to these countries and their people. One cannot help but feel inspired and motivated by their vibrancy of spirit, their undying hopefulness in spite of the seemingly insurmountable challenges they have faced.  We need to continue to support them and show them that they are not alone. Together we can bring an end to this outbreak.

The staff and volunteers of the Liberia National Red Cross Society and their sister National Societies in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak, soldiering on where many would have given up or stayed away. I have been humbled to witness their courage in the face of great adversity.  

To all the women and men working on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak response, I salute you.