This week we’re working through a lot of narrative, start-up pitch-like documents for our work on the Ebola crisis. My colleague revisited a series of stories and well documented aspects of the crisis this morning. We found that this particular description from the New York Times piece titled “For A Liberian Family, EBola Turns Loving Care Into Deadly Risk” powerful:
“Ebola is a family disease, Liberians are reminded continually in Sunday sermons. The more families pull together to fight the virus, the more they seem to fall apart.”
Even the spaces where people used to go to seek comfort or reconnect are off limits. The fabric of society is twisted to meet public health requirements. It is necessary, but also very very sad.
“This destruction of families is the central tragedy of the epidemic. On a continent with many weak states, the extended family is Africa’s most important institution by far. That is especially true in the nations ravaged by the disease — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — three of Africa’s poorest and most fragile countries. Ebola’s effects on the region, in undermining the very institution that has kept its societies together, could be long-term and far-reaching.”
You can read more of the article here.