Dominic Moiwo scoops up a handful of cocoa beans from the heap of beautifully browned beans which have been spread out to dry in the sun in front of his store in eastern Sierra Leone. With a little imagination, one can see how these fragrant beans can be processed into delicious sweet chocolate.
An inconspicuous hand painted wooden sign reading “Doris Kamara Fast Food Enterprise” hangs outside the entrance to a small restaurant and bar on a lively street in the centre of Kailahun town, an area in eastern Sierra Leone that was first ravaged by the Ebola outbreak.
In many African societies, traditional healers are solicited for many reasons. They are called healers or witch doctors for their talents in hunting evil spells and for their mastery of medicinal plants. They are listened to and respected by communities who have full confidence and trust in their skills. It is how these men and women earn a living.
Garmai Sumo welcomes us with a pleasant smile. Dressed in an elegant African printed top and basic jeans, she looks radiant with her new hairstyle. “I have put away the gloves, mask and gown. Ebola is now over!”
Sekou Camara, 20, was among the first to volunteer to conduct safe and dignified burials with the Red Cross Society of Guinea when the Ebola outbreak began two years ago. Despite his young age, Sekou Camara dedicated himself to fighting Ebola, acquiring valuable experience along the way.
On a warm and beautiful Sunday in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, beaches are crowded and busy. The ocean roars while children play football and others dance to the beat of local music. Since the Ebola outbreak was declared over, for a third time in January 2016, curfews have been lifted.
In her forties, Maimaïssatou Toure is a mother of six and an Ebola survivor from Forécariah Prefecture, Guinea. Known for her dynamism and courage, this woman devoted one year of her life to caring for children whose parents were infected by Ebola and admitted to the treatment centre in Forécariah.
The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr Tadateru Konoé, has ended his first visit to Ebola-affected countries.
By Lisa Pattison, IFRC “ABC: avoid body contact”, “No touch” and “Ebola is real” became mantras to chant and print across Sierra Leone as the country continues to battle the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Catchy and simple, communities have latched onto …
By the side of a dusty highway in Tanéné, in southwestern Guinea, two young Red Cross workers crouch in the back of a four-wheel-drive among wires, headphones, microphones and a box that looks like a mini studio control panel. In between blasts of catchy music to pull in listeners, the deejay, who is actually an experienced Red Cross beneficiary communications officer, takes calls from people wanting to find out about Ebola.