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Thursday, January 11, 2018

EBOLA SURVIVORS SUE GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE OVER CORRUPTION


President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma: There was massive corruption during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the expense of Ebola victims

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma: There was massive corruption during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the expense of Ebola victims




Two Ebola survivors are to sue the government of Sierra Leone in the first international court case intended to throw light on what happened to some of the millions of dollars siphoned off from funding to help fight the disease.

The case, filed with the regional West African court in Nigeria, alleges that a lack of government accountability allowed the disappearance of almost a third of the money that came into the country during the early months of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. It claims that this led to violations of survivors’ rights to health and life.

An audit of the first six months of the outbreak showed that more than $15m (£11m) worth of resources donated to the government went unaccounted for – more than 30% of what came into the country over that period.

Lara Taylor-Pearce, Sierra Leone’s auditor general, said in an interview with the Africa Research Institute that she felt justice was needed for Sierra Leoneans over the missing millions: 

“For serious breaches of financial management procedure, I would support forcing the individuals responsible to pay back the money. It would send a strong message. But currently, this does not happen. People continue to get away with transgressions.”
Sierra Leone recorded more than 14,000 cases of Ebola in two years, and about 250 health workers died. Officials promised survivors free healthcare and a small financial package while surviving health workers were told they would receive up to $5,000.

But the president of the Sierra Leone Association for Ebola Survivors, Yusuf Kabbah, said those vows were broken. “When we were admitted to the treatment centers they burned all our clothes as a means to fight the virus, promising money for new ones. They promised us that after everything they would provide three things: livelihood, healthcare, and psychosocial support,” he said. “Now our members are dying because they don’t have any of those things.”

After a slow international response, especially from the World Health Organization, foreign donors and governments eventually poured millions into Sierra Leone to combat the outbreak, which claimed nearly 11,000 lives in three countries over the course of 2014 and 2015.

The Red Cross admitted in November that about $5m of their Ebola relief funding was lost to misappropriation across the infected countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia before the outbreak was declared over in 2015.

Kabbah said that there is more than enough physical evidence to support the claims made by survivors, but that international attention is needed to ensure the government takes the case seriously. Some critics worry that even should a ruling be made in favour of the Ebola survivors, government officials could simply choose not to recognize the decision.

“We need the international community’s tireless attention because otherwise everything’s left with the government,” Kabbah said. “Then it will be an issue of justice denied. But if we get everyone’s attention, we get their support, we know justice will prevail. The truth is on our side.”


Source: The Guardian – By Cooper Inveen



Editorial:


Obama gave millions of dollars to leaders of Ebola-stricken countries to keep quiet




History reveals that powerful African leaders such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Muammar Gadaffi of Libya and all those that stood against Western Europe and America domination and oppression, were either assassinated or removed from power.

That bitter history reminds African leaders and therefore, remain loyal and docile to a foreign power at a deadly cost which doesn't affect them in any way but the poor Africans that queue long hours in the hot sun to cast their votes.


Related topic: INTERNAL FACTORS TO RAPID SPREAD OF EBOLA IN SIERRA LEONE


African leaders can't take a loan from foreign a country without listening to European and American leaders and aid to Africa, in a form of cash which often ends up in the pockets of African leaders will cease to flow if they wouldn't listen to those foreign powers.

The depending and listening to foreign powers haven't only baptized African leaders with corruption but have also given foreign powers the opportunity to commit horrible crimes in Africa.

All over the world, independent scientists, educated folks, including the Russian and the North Korean leaders have accused the US government responsible for both Aids and Ebola genocides in Africa but the most affected countries leaders remain silent.

This is a question up till now many are asking without an answer. 

During the outbreak of Ebola in West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, the US government under the administration of Obama, gave millions of dollars to the leaders of the affected countries to keep quiet, with a promise that they will take care of the situation.

After giving the money to the African leaders, as promised by Obama, he sent a battalion of US soldiers to the affected countries to tackle the situation. This is the main reason those affected countries leaders never asked the US government any question.

People should never think that African leaders are stupid and therefore, not aware that Aids and Ebola are bioweapons to depopulate Africa. The corrupt African politicians were silenced by money and the same money is what they stand on today putting pressure on African leaders to legalize same-sex marriage.

Obama and African leaders: Embarrassing moment as Obama sings promises while the African leaders clap with happiness

Obama and African leaders: Embarrassing moment as Obama sings promises while the African leaders clap with happiness



The media, including CNN, BBC, Fox News etc, are aware of this but none is prepared to speak the truth. Like the past Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Guinean leader, Alpha Condé, Ernest Bai Koroma has stolen thousands of dollars meant for Ebola victims.

The question is what can the International Court do when they are birds of the same feathers? Until African leaders stop depending on foreign aid, poor Africans will continue to suffer without any remedy because they rule for foreign powers, not the poor people.

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