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Fear And Love In Liberia

Canada Goose Outlet Sami Yenigun, an education producer at NPR, has dreamed of reporting overseas.

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How did the capital city, Monrovia, strike you? Busy? Subdued because of Ebola?

Canada Goose Parka Definitely busy. But from what I’ve heard it’s usually way livelier. And don’t forget there’s a curfew. I think Ebola has put the country in the doldrums. But it is certainly busy, it’s a bit chaotic, traffic is a little crazy nothing like New Jersey, where I’m from.

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So that colored my first impressions of Monrovia. Despite the grim circumstances, there are pockets of joy and positivity throughout the city.

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It’s weird, I haven’t touched anybody in a week. I haven’t given anybody a handshake, a fist bump, a high five, much less a hug or a Canada Goose sale kiss. Your body starts craving human contact. I’ve canada goose online outlet never gone for such a long period of time without having touched in any way another person. You’ve got this force field around you.

Are Liberians the same way?

Liberians say they’re huge huggers and kissers, and I’m told they have this really cool handshake at the end you snap thumbs and third fingers before your remove your hand. But all that’s on hold for now. The new Liberian handshake is this little elbow tap thing. People smile and Canada Goose Online raise and lightly bump their elbows.

Canada Goose sale So it’s definitely not life as usual.

canada goose deals Everyone we’ve spoken to says this is having a huge impact, children aren’t going to school all these things that represent normalcy have come to a complete, screeching halt.

That said, we visited this town, Barkedu, in Lofa buy canada goose jacket cheap County in the north, this village of 8,000 people. And almost everybody has lost members of their family. But there was a group of kids laughing and playing soccer, people cooking and cleaning, girls playing a version of patty cake called nafo, there was singing going on. Within this bizarre, sad time right now, there are flashes of, oh yeah, this is how life Canada Goose Parka is supposed to be.

buy canada goose jacket What’s your impression of the Liberians you’ve met?

cheap Canada Goose I’ve never Canada Goose Coats On Sale seen the strength of the human spirit like I’ve seen it on this trip. For all of the brutality of Ebola, I’ve seen people being strong and canada goose clearance amazing: doctors on the front lines, health workers cleaning up after sick patients, people adopting orphans who’ve canadian goose jacket lost their parents, people persisting in the face of having lost their entire family. I’ve seen people coping in ways I can’t even really imagine doing myself.

canada goose coats on sale What advice would you have for NPR’s next Ebola team?

A lot of what I was reading before I came to Liberia put this picture in my head that I might be walking into some kind of zombie movie. That’s a dangerous way to think about it. Though this virus is very dangerous, it is also very easy to control. If you are washing your hands and not touching people and following a few rules, you cheap canada goose uk are at a very low risk of contracting the disease. Easier said than done sometimes, because some practices are canada goose factory sale deeply embedded in the local culture like the way you show your love by bathing a dead person before you bury them. But that can be deadly.

Just don’t let fear dictate your actions. Be smart about what you’re doing and be vigilant. I’ve been washing my hands and sanitizing them and everything else constantly.