We ( Liberians) have many great attributes. Yet we are being stigmatized for a virus, that is beyond our control. Prior to our independence – we stood firm in our beliefs, fought for what we wanted and soldiered through many storms . Despite a history of conflict; An immediate feeling of freedom hits you upon arrival to Monrovia. Not forgetting the many eager faces wanting to Greet New arrivals , and others offering a helping Hand with passenger luggage's. " Liberians are inviting and Down to earth " says the foreigner, gleefully speaking.
Novelist Karen Moning Wrote :
"Nobody looks good in their darkest hour. But it's those hours that make us what we are. We stand strong, or we cower. We emerge victorious, tempered by our trials, or fractured by a permanent damning fault line."
A land once filled with contentment, entertainment, and aspiration is now fractured due to a 6 months plus encounter with Ebola. The deadly plague exposed a lack of leadership and accountability by those currently in power. However as citizens of a great nation, at the full front of inventions and medical research; we ( the people ) should not rely sorely on the next man to save us. We are capable of containing Ebola, if only we change our mind set. Ignorance and denial are killing us, and causing the virus to rapidly spread through our communities. First things first! Our number one priority should be in finding ways to eliminate Ebola , leaving politics for the next season, an Ebola free season.
With the world anticipating our next move, our fate depends on each individual. We must help raise awareness, by taking precaution and educating our neighbors of the importance of their role in the fight against Ebola . We should also apply a zero tolerance approach , with whom ever tries to disrupt health workers' efforts.
The Groundpea Girls and Yana Boys selling on the street have one thing in common — they are both fighting for survival , yet they manage to gather strength each day to make a living. Although their chances of making enough to escape poverty is slim, they refuse to perish in self-pity and shame . The same principle should be applied in our fight against Ebola. Do not wait for it to reach at your door step before you take action and believe it is real. For it is better to be safe then sorry.
" Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost"
-(Quote By Helen Keller , a Author who would not be bound by conditions. Rendered deaf and blind at the age of 19 months, by scarlet fever. She authored 13 books, wrote countless articles, and devoted her life to social reform.)
Our country's image is on the line. The approach taken by some African nations speaks volumes. Nevertheless I strongly believe this too shall pass. Do not be discouraged, keep in mind our national song. Written by Liberia gospel ambassador , Marion Dweh Cassell.
" Liberia, sweet land of liberty,
You will rise, you will shine, you will prosper
In Africa, yea the world "
Inspired by God, following a day of fasting a prayer, the song offers comfort and counseling whenever Liberians find themselves in distressful situations .
Together, (United) we can kick Ebola out of Africa.