By Eddy Montilla.
Ebola virus had to kill first more than seven thousand people before we could see real intention to help on the part of the international community.
And do you know why? Because this virus is not spreading in Europe, USA or Canada, but in Africa. Ebola Hemorrhagic fever does not affect tourism in France or Spain; Ebola virus will not reduce the sales of iPad or iPhone in the United States, will not affect the production of cars in Japan or cutting-edge technology in Germany. In few words, Ebola is in Africa.
Ebola virus can easily be a perfect example to understand how far we have gone in terms of indifference to other’s pain. For those who tested positive for Ebola and were not from Africa, the answer was quickly: Planes to take them to their respective countries, as it happened to patients from Spain and the United States. They also got better anti-viral drugs and care. And how about these 16,000 people with Ebola in West Africa? What have these people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone gotten? A handful of promises that have not been fulfilled, words of hope that die in the same way that these infected people do.
The devastation caused by Ebola virus in West Africa highlights what we have told almost ad nauseam: Africa is the forgotten continent only after being exploited. The World Health Organization (WHO) informed that case incidence is stable in the region, a glimpse of good news inside a string of tragedies. And we should thank for that not the international community, but all those anonymous heroes and other people in organizations that risk their own life to save the other’s. Let’s awake from the deep sleep of clear conscience. Let’s help Africa in its fight against the Ebola virus.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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