What “Ebola Free” Means to the People
- For many people, the Ebola Free declaration means that life will now return to normal and they will be able to go out to work and earn their living, no matter how little they may earn. Farmers can now go to the farms and laborers can now go and work on a daily basis.
- Others were happy that they no longer had to live in fear of a disease they cannot see but which has the ability to wipe out entire families.
- Students were happy that they could now go to school or university and continue their education in a safe environment without fearing the person they’re seated next to.
- Some said that now they will be able to travel freely to any part of the country, as the travel restrictions have now been lifted and vehicles are now plying many routes that were formerly suspended because of the crisis.
- People are also happy because the restriction on social gatherings has been lifted, thereby enabling them to host various parties and celebrations at both individual and community levels.
- Finally, for some, this means that they will be able to pay their last respects to their loved ones who died by giving them a befitting funeral, as opposed to during the crisis time when burial was strictly done by government burial teams.
Although the country has been declared Ebola free, nationals are yet to be free from the havoc the Ebola virus wrecked on their beloved nation. The fragile health system and thousands of Ebola orphans all over the country testify to the fact that there is a great journey of recovery ahead of Sierra Leone. Please pray for our Nazarene brothers and sisters as they seek ways to share God’s love in the midst of the hurt and pain left by this epidemic.