Kamara Sequelae Transcript


Kamara Sequelae Transcript


[I'm facing a lot of stigma and discrimination in the] community that I found myself. But [unclear], we decided to really form the association. We started to form the survivors' association, that we that survived--I came up with the initiative for us to form the association so that people will see us as vulnerable ones. Because some of us have lost all our families. It's not an easy thing. So I'm coming to form the association and trying, fighting hard at least to really know that we too, we are patriotic citizens, we're the survivors. Because the association is a legitimate association. We are sanctioned by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, using us as--doing community mobilization. Some of the quarantined homes, we go there. Build confidence in some of the lives of people, explain our challenges, explain my challenges to them, my story to them that you have to be patient. I have gone through it. For me, Daddy Hassan, I lost all of my family. So do just be patient when you're sick. Just call 1-1-7. Don't be afraid. They will take you to the treatment center. Then, you will come back. As you can see me, Daddy Hassan. So with this, I think we formed the association to complement the efforts of the government by then in the fight against Ebola, responding [unclear]. We have about 4,052 survivors in Sierra Leone. Then also, we have a lot of orphans, about ten to twelve thousand orphans now. We are now advocating for these people because we are their leaders now because I am the national spokesman for the survivors' association in Sierra Leone now. I think advocacy is the thing we should really focus our attention to the world because since we have the passion for our members, the vulnerable ones, I think for us to really come out here to explain our challenges, what we are facing in terms of the livelihood aspect, capacity building.

Then also, we have what we call "aftermath illness" now. The health issues. Just after treatment center, we turned back to our community. We are facing a lot of complications with the survivors in Sierra Leone. A lot of complications. We have twenty-three health complications now that we are facing due to aftermath illness. Some of the hard treatment, because some of the medicine that they poured in our system made some of these complications, started inflaming out. So we have to detail the joint pain, muscle pains, headache, eye problems. We have some survivors that have cataracts in their eyes, uveitis, menstrual problems, visual problems. We have a lot that we are facing in Sierra Leone.


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