Two years ago, Sierra Leone, a small West-African coastal country, was hit by a catastrophe that made headlines all over the world. Ebola. It crossed the borders from Guinea to Sierra Leone in spring 2014. Towards autumn, it started to look that the spread of the virus was about to spiral out of control. There was urgent need for action.
International help was deployed to the country. Local operators bent over backwards. Sierra Leone Red Cross started to recruit people to join a battle where the enemy was invisible but surely fatal. Any volunteers?
“If I don’t do it, who will do it?” became a mantra that volunteers repeated to keep their motivation up. And really, it is a good question. If no volunteers had done what they did, Ebola would still be here. Here, and most likely there, too. However, stopping the spread of the disease did not happen without a price. Volunteers paid a heavy toll for their services. The mental burden of the work they did still haunts many of them.
(Sierra Leone, 2016 || For Red Cross)