A young Liberian writer and poet, Mr. Jeffrey M. M. Askia, launches his latest classic book today, Friday, December 18 entitled: “The Survivor’s Tales.”
The launch, which is expected to start at 12:00p.m. will take place at the Pamalar Kay High School in Redhill Field, Lower Virginia, Montserrado County. The book speaks of the killing within days, by the deadly Ebola Virus, of hundreds of people within the Mano River Basin. It further speaks of how families struggled to take care of sick relatives in their homes, but when a person got infected by the EVD, it ravaged the entire family. It is from the Narrators one realizes the creeping and gloomy reality of how dangerous the EVD outbreak here was.
“The Survivor’s Tales” is a collection of tales told by surviving health workers and the collective efforts of Liberians from all walks of life. The story ends with a warning to all Liberians to keep safe and report strange cases so as to prevent future outbreak.
According to the author, it is now one and a half years since the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa ended, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Today, one in every 19 Liberians is an Ebola Survivor. Four thousand plus children are orphans due to the Ebola crisis. Regrettably, these stigmatized and silent minorities are in our society – in schools, homes, communities and work places.
These silent minors are faced with so many challenges in their daily lives just because they are Survivors. Many of them cannot make sense of the changes that happen in their lives. The book, from the author’s perspective, is geared towards expressing the bitterness, dejection and the prevailing realities Ebola Survivors are going through.
The title of the book was chosen by the author, because according to him, thousands of survivors still feel stigmatization, rejection and are suffering from multiple ailments but don’t have the courage to voice them. He further added that history is written to serve as guide to future generation to avoid mistakes of the past.
-Edited by Jonathan Browne