Monthly Archives: November 2014
- America was declared “Ebola -Free” on 11/11/14, after the release of the New York doctor cured of the virus. Remember he went to Guinea on a medical mission where he contracted the disease; he is the last known Ebola patient in the USA. His girlfriend was quarantined three weeks and is also free today.
- A Liberian doctor who was infected (American citizen) arrived from Liberia a day after America was declared Ebola-free. He is the tenth Ebola patient to be treated in the USA.
- The controversial case of the nurse held in New Jersey is also over. She defiled the order to remain held in NJ after returning from W. Africa on a medical mission. The case got NJ Governor and some other politicians irrationally voicing their opinions and unsuccessfully vowing to keep her in NJ’s make-shift unfit tent for 21 days. She was only trying to give a vital message about Ebola: “Get to know more about Ebola transmission before subjecting people to unnecessary torture and instilling fear on the confused public”. That’s a powerful statement, but those in charge missed it! That’s why I am talking about the consequences of this confusion today.
- Ex-President George W. Bush visited and kissed the Texas nurse also cured and declared free. Lucky her! Her Nigerian counterpart was not that lucky and lost her life doing a similar noble duty. I guess it all boils down to location, location, location. She would have survived in a better-equipped setting. Hard luck indeed!
- Nigeria and a few other W. African countries had already been declared Ebola free by WHO, yet the stigma is even stronger. Why? Your answer depends on where you are coming from.
Let me give you my own account of this Ebola Saga:
- “Better safe than sorry” is a commonly-heard comment about Ebola from people in our society.
- Dozens of parents pulling their kids out of a Mississippi school after a rumor that its middle school principal visited Nigeria (a country already declared Ebola-free by WHO).
- A woman, traveling from Ghana to New York was put into quarantine on arrival at the NY airport because her name, E. Bola, was boldly printed everywhere on her luggage. Nobody wanted to touch the luggage with that label. It took a long time before she was released.
- In a local Chicago church, it is routine for first-time visitors to introduce themselves and be welcomed with hand shakes and hugs by members of the congregation. On that very Sunday, a team of six delegates stood up and announced that they arrived yesterday from Nigeria for a wedding. As they were still standing, smiling, and looking around expecting the usual flow of members towards them, instead they saw those sitting next to them moving away and nobody except the priest went to shake hands with them. After the services, their usual coffee hour in the basement hall was populated by the members as this team of visitors headed to that hall. The shock and embarrassment left these visitors confused and disappointed. One of them approached the priest and said,”We are from Nigeria, not Liberia, in case the congregation did not understand our accent”. The priest only smiled helplessly and shrugged his shoulders in disappointment.
- “If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into NY from West Africa, has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people and resign”. –Donald Trump (as per Josh Kilburn).
Launching the Positive Family Front Network (PFFN)
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to my blog, Amaracares.com.
I am reforming my blog by launching it as a “positive front network”.
My goal is to provide a forum for positively addressing African Relationship Matters: Uprooting Realities, especially those bitter truths that people and society are silent about, yet they cause pain and make life unbearable for many especially the helpless and voiceless. If we find a positive and respectful way to expose and present negative situations with facts, I believe that we can go a long way to achieving better life for all and ensuring a promising future for the next generation. The number of negative, rude and inappropriate comments I see as I flip through Facebook, especially from our African bloggers often turns me off. Such tone of comments prevent the message from getting across to the intended audience.
Trending issues about relationships, family, marriage, human rights, injustices and abuses happening anywhere, will also be featured. If you visit this blog, you can be sure to get my honest opinion of every issue presented. I welcome feedback and suggestions. Remember that you can positively present a negative issue and be sure to achieve the desired result, which is to make things better and not to ridicule, disrespect or shame anybody or any situation. Constructive criticism does not attack or demean, insult or blame. It only speaks the truth in love, respectfully presenting facts and offering suggestions that may help in resolving the problem. Love does not destroy but builds. Therefore as I bring up sensitive issues with an open mind, my goal is to solve problems and not make things worse. Respect and human dignity are utmost in my value system and I know most of you share these values too. In addition to being honest, open-minded and positive, I will keep the discussions on this blog completely secular and save faith-related issues for my other blog, www.doctormotherlove.com. This is because I do not want to turn off non-believers, atheists and people with various religious orientations. I am open to discussions and feedback but any of these that require touching bases with faith-matters will be moved to my DML blog. So feel free to visit that blog too.
My dream is to reach all people with my message of truth about life, love, marriage and relationships, especially as they affect Africans globally. From mid-November, I will also re-launch my online Radio Talk Show. Here I will be discussing trending matters in areas of global human rights, domestic violence and sexual abuse, especially rape, which is now at its peak globally and making headline news everywhere, attracting attention and action. I have resolved to be part of this noble cause.
Feedback from my blog posts will also be discussed in the show as the need and relevance arises. Please enjoy these efforts as my little contribution to making this world a better place.
Next week I will discuss the Ebola Saga and its impact on people of African origin. This will be followed by the Horror of the Kidnapped Chibok School Girls in Nigera.
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I will keep writing and speaking the truth in love because I really care.
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Enjoy every moment of life and remember Gary Kelley’s wise saying: “There is no better time than the present to be better than we were yesterday”—Gary Kelley.