Lucie Lecomte has sent the link to a thoughtful article in Senegal's Sen24heures. The author is sociologist Fatou Sow Sarr in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Excerpt from the Google translation:
Africa is about to be quarantined by the West, while the governments of the countries not yet affected by Ebola decided to barricade. Guinea-Bissau has closed its border with Guinea, Cameroon has closed its border with Nigeria, Senegal closed its borders with Guinea, Kenya has decided to ban the entry into its territory to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Botswana has closed its borders to trucks from DRC and sources inform that Congolese officials were turned away at the border of Zambia Kasumbales.
Benin has made the controls on its borders with Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire has taken preventive measures in relation to Liberia. Affected countries are desperate: Thus Liberian President had to dismiss ministers and senior officials left the country and remained deaf to his orders to return to participate in the fight against the epidemic.
But we must be realistic and understand that it is neither closing borders or the dismissal of officials who took the road of exile that will provide the solution to the African continent, in its war against the Ebola virus. It is true that it takes protective measures in relation to these areas, but we can not decide to isolate an entire country. If Africa was already a single state, as it is known all their wishes son and more aware of the Continent girls, how would we do?
The Silence of the African Union
The Ebola epidemic will not be curbed easily in Africa and the response must be commensurate with the phenomenon: It is indeed a threat to our existence and to all this health crisis is coupled with an economic crisis because of African Development Bank (AfDB) Ebola will "probably cost between1% and 1.5% of GDP" in Liberia and Sierra Leone. If tomorrow all the continent is affected, the consequences will be incalculable.
Therefore, even if all the problems are urgent, this one is more so than any other, and the response can only be continental. It is time for the African Union, to be heard above all to act.
The heads of state must take responsibility, Africa is at war everywhere but the real war today is that we will have to wage against a vicious disease, as yet, it is possible to reverse. One can avoid being contaminated. It is known that these are dietary practices that are responsible for the spread of the virus, and when we decide to protect elephants and other endangered animals, we must also think about the survival of "the cousin of the man".The prohibition of the consumption of monkey, which is a vector of the disease is necessary.
The pooling of resources
For nearly 40 years Ebola is raging in Africa and we are unable to cope, lack of ability to anticipate and foresight, not having invested in research. Others are brought, not only to protect but also to enrich themselves, in case of a vaccine. Yet there are competent researchers in Africa, but without means, it is impossible to provide solutions to the problems of the continent. Each country has its own department of scientific research, with a tiny budget, sometimes less than that of a foreign NGO.
We are confident that no country alone will do miracles. Without prospective ability and anticipation, Africans will always doomed to addiction including Ebola management. But by pooling its resources, Africa will come to face the biggest problems.
Africa, the continent of the future without Africans
When we believe that Africa is the continent of the future, that future may be without Africans. Without human resources how can we use all our resources? It was with a sore heart that looks at the "Katanga Business" recently broadcast on RTS and shows how DRC is robbed of its riches, when Chinese literally scour the clods and put on planes to China to process the ore. The DRC is unable to do the primary processing of raw materials, lack of skills.
With Ebola and all other wars that the tear, Africa is in the process of depriving of its human resources, while the new colonization of their land is already underway.