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Liberia: 10-Year-Old Boy Abandoned And Died, Probably Of Ebola Tags: Liberia News Ebola Health West Africa

Saah Exco,10-years-old, was found alone on a beach, naked and abandoned a few days ago. Neighbors were afraid to touch him; they were worried about Ebola. But someone did eventually take him to the Ebola ward at JFK hospital in Monrovia. And today he died.


It was a photo that took the Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa and made it very personal. A little boy named Saah Exco, 10 years old, lies in a crumpled heap.

As NPR's Nurith Aizenman explained Wednesday, hours before, the boy had been found naked on a beach in West Point, an impoverished neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city. At one point, Saah had been a patient at the Ebola holding center there, for suspected cases. It's unclear when or why he was released.

But now he was on his own, drifting in and out of consciousness.

People in the neighborhood knew him. Somehow, they brought him to an alleyway. They gave him a shirt and pants. But no one wanted to hold him, to take him into a home.

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Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood
Many folks in West Point — and throughout West Africa — don't think Ebola is real. Yet they were afraid. What if Ebola really is real and what if the boy had the virus? It's what NPR photographer David Gilkey, who took the photo of the boy that ran on our website, calls "an evil Catch 22."

Saah Exco puts on a shirt after neighbors in Liberia's West Point found him on the beach.


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Efforts were made to get him to a clinic but the clinic said no: The facility was not equipped to handle suspected Ebola patients.

Eventually a neighbor took Saah to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, which cares for Ebola patients.

There was a brief glimmer of hope yesterday — word came that the boy was improving.

Then today, his fate became clear. Getty photographer John Moore, who had also taken pictures of Saah, spoke to the boy's aunt. She was checking into a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Monrovia with her five children — all of them, including her, suspected Ebola cases. The aunt said that Saah died yesterday at JFK hospital. She said the boy's mother had previously died of Ebola as well.

In a country where some believe that the virus isn't real, Saah Exco is now one of more than 500 victims, sealed in a tiny body bag.

Source: NPR

Honeymoon In Africa, Fun, Amazing And Surprising Places
Category: SPOTLIGHT
Tags: News Vacation

Are you planning your honeymoon and want to surprise your partner with some cool, spiking and relaxing honeymoon, somewhere else, and apart from Europe, Asia or the US? 

Well, Africa is just the place for your honeymoon, for it have (you know the safari), the ocean (beaches), amazing cultures, and most importantly, it has some of the World best (back then) palavahut that has been remodeled with light air-conditions; it is somewhere in the safari, where your can be watching, perhaps, lion (the king of the jungle) chasing its prey or watching the elephant taking a shower.

And some couple just recently took a trip to Africa, three times in the role, for their honeymoon.

The second half of their honeymoon started with a drive to the Mozambique/South African border at Kosi Bay, where they were swooped up by a representative from Thanda Private Game Reserve. From there they drove through KwaZulu Natal, South Africa passing lots of cattle and locals until they reached Thanda and all it’s glory.

The landscape on the reserve was like none they have ever seen and this cactus tree was so majestic, it looked like a mirage of sorts.

Once again World Odyssey got it right and booked them in this gorgeous villa. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, it had a panoramic view of the surrounding game reserve and a heated plunge pool.

After some down time in their gorgeous villa, the couple set out for our first game drive; they were paired up with the dream team of Biggie and Christian as their tracker and guide respectively. Biggie is the real deal, a native Zulu tribesman, who knows everything there is to know about the wildlife (and plant life) in Zululand. He also made us a toothbrush out of a stick, so there’s that. Christian is a walking encyclopedia who’s super knowledgable about everything Zulu and who also happens to be an amazing photographer. He helped honeymooner set his camera just right to capture some incredible wildlife photos. Honestly, the honeymonner went from taking photos on auto to basically becoming a National Geographic employee, “after one quick lesson with this man…he’s a genius!” the guy testified.

With this dream team, the couple drove about 10 minutes away from the lodge, when 6 cubs decided to give them a very warm welcome to Thanda. “The cuteness level was off the charts! It’s hard to believe that these little guys could kill you in an instant.” Damien was over the moon since cats are his favorite thing in the world. It was an incredible start to our first ever safari.

“And as if 6 adorable cubs wasn’t a perfect enough welcome, just before sunset we stopped in the middle of the bush for a drink. Right before our eyes, Christian turned our Land Rover into cocktail bar and whipped us up two 007 martinis! What’s a 007 martini, you ask? It’s a perfect vodka martini, dry with 3 olives, fit for Mr. Bond himself and it was delicious!”

“A gorgeous bush sunset ended their drive, but it was just the beginning of their Thanda adventure. So many much beautiful wildlife photos to come,” the couple promise.

Source: Lartink@beeafrican.org

PHOTOS: Meet Me In Africa 2014 Showcase Fundraiser Tags: News Celebrity Entertainment

On August 20th, donors and artists came together at SpeakEasy 21 (a new restaurant that opened at Adelaiede and Young in April) to support Meet Me in Africa‘s (the philanthropic arm of Toronto-based PR agency VOCAB Communications). 

Artist showcase to benefit Mama Jane’s Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa, and to develop a sustainable environment for the children living there.

Liberia's ELWA Junction Taking Modern Face And Future Look (PHOTOS) Tags: Developments Progressive Liberia News ELWA

An Ariel view of the once market-crowded ELWA Junction being transformed by the Paynesville City Corporation 


Following protracted period of war fought in Liberia, coupled with the benefits of a ten-year of fragile peace, it seems that development in areas that were greatly affected by the civil strife is becoming the major priority in the country.

Caldwell Township and Via Town commercial province, both of which are on the Bushrod Island, are some the areas that were affected by the war but have received some level of developmental transformation.

One of the places that recently attracted public attention is the ELWA Junction which is taking undoubtedly a modern shift.

ELWA Junction is located in Paynesville outside Monrovia, Liberia’s main political capital city. ELWA is a major intersection that connects Monrovia to the Paynesville City and the only international air port in Margibi County-Roberts International Air Port.

The future view of the ELWA Junction that welcomes tourists and foreign guests to Monrovia

Construction work ongoing at ELWA Junction includes the building of an artificial waterfall which is currently being surrounded by lights and a flower garden. Also, building of sidewalk for predestines and planting of flowers, plastering of the floor are among many of the works ongoing at the ELWA Junction.

Moreover, the fencing of various curves of the four major routes of the ELWA is nearing completion. The area is being fenced with mental irons placed between various cement pillars that have reached its full potential of beautification. Up to the publication of this report, men were still at work at the ELWA.

Adding more attractions to the area in Paynesville, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) has constructed a new high rise multipurpose complex of the Corporation. The multimillion dollars building, according to authorities, cost over US$10 million, and is expected to be rented or given to individuals of interest for whatever purpose.

According to the Director of Public Relations (PR) of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), Jani K. Jallah the project which is currently ongoing is aimed at beautifying the ELWA Junction that connects the Country’s Political Capitol-Monrovia- and the Paynesville City to the only international Air Port in Margibi ounty.

PCC’s Director of PR said the total estimated cost of the project is over hundred thousand of United States Dollars (over US$100,000).

According to her, the project is mainly being sponsored by NASSCORP. She said NASSCORP has provided for the beautification of ELWA Junction the amount of eighty thousand United States Dollars (US$80,000) and that the cash is being managed by the Corporation- NASSCORP. 

Additionally, PR Jallah said initial contributions to the project was provided by some well-meaning Liberians including business owners in the Paynesville vicinity but she refused to provide the total initial amount collected from the business entities and well meaning individuals.

She noted that after the implementation of the project, a detail report on the project will be provided outlining actual amount received and used.

Also, when asked about the contractor doing the work, PCC PR said the project is a PCC Project. “We asked the General Services Agency (GSA) for some of their technicians who are currently working along with us to have the project completed. We actually did not choose to get people from other places to carry out this project. What we did was to use the local resources to benefit residents of the Paynesville Community,” she noted. 

In an effort to ensure that the development work ongoing will not jeopardize normal business operation of petty traders, commercial vehicle drivers, money exchangers, among others transacting businesses at the ELWA Junction, the PCC PR Director said the PCC has already secured a spot at a well-known place, named “Sam Town.” 
The area is located opposite the Isaac A. Davis School and adjacent the Total Filling Station.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the dedication of the project, some Liberians predominately businessmen and women have began lauding the Government of Liberia effort for being farsighted in carrying out the modernization project of the Junction.

Some business people including, motorcyclists, petty traders, shoe shine boys, money exchangers and commercial vehicles drivers as well as passerby told this paper that they are happy for the level of development ongoing at the ELWA Junction. Some even suggested more development work that the PCC could undertake at the ELWA including a construction of an over head bridge for pedestrians since the proliferation of business people at the ELWA would even increased following the completion of the ongoing project.

However, most of those spoken to are also calling on the government/PCC authorities to provide for them a durable place with shelter and electricity where they will be able to transact peacefully their businesses without being threatened.

In addition, some of critical views expressed concern over the durability of the construction after its completion and whether or not many Liberians will appreciate the initiative of PCC by extension, the Government.

George Kulu, a commercial motorcycles and former national Coordinator of the defunct Liberia Motorcycles Transport Union (LMTU) said although he appreciate the development ongoing at the Junction, there hasn’t been any specific place suggested for them to park.
George said the PCC has not provided for them a parking lot where those who desire to ride motorcycles will get them something, according to him, makes it difficult for him to fully appreciate the ongoing development work.

He further suggested that the PCC authorities need to create for them a parking lot where Justice Ministry-Liberians can access motorcycles.
George also said there is a need that the Government of Liberia through, PCC expand the ELWA Junction and build an over head bridge for predestines moving along the Junction.

Men at work at the ELWA Junction

“It is not always good to speak bad about what government is doing but I think this road should have been expanded before the PCC commence her work. We even heard of the construction of an overhead bridge due to the deep curved and designed ongoing. We see the other work ongoing but the over head bridge is still missing. I think the government needs to take the building of an over head bridge for our people into consideration,” George noted.

George calls for the construction of an over head bridge was buttressed by Sis. Gomah Sumo, a 55 year old woman selling larpa at the ELWA Junction. Sis Gomah suggested that “if the Government will thank of building an over head bridge it should be something that will last long for the good of all of Liberians. It should not be like the one which was at University of Liberia that later, Public works got to demolish it. We need projects that will last very long not for few days.”

For his part, Amos G. Williams, a commercial vehicle driver noted that although he welcomes the development ongoing at the ELWA Junction, he hopes said work will be durable to benefit the people of Liberia.

“We saw the light poles planted by the Liberia Electricity Corporation at the beginning of Madam Sirleaf’s regain how it could not substantially benefit the Liberian people. We are also seeing the road projects constructed in and around the country. Today we are again seeing a new intervention headed by the PCC at ELWA Junction, I am only hoping that it will last long for us,” he noted. 

Speaking on the issue of parking for commercial drivers, he said: “I have not seeing any sign for us round town commercial drivers, except for those driving on the RIA-Marshall Motor Road. But we that are in town here, there is no space for us”

Also speaking to several shoe-shine boys, Diaco Dolee and Israel Chris said they constrain to thank the government for such initiative but noted that the project crafters did not take into consideration addressing the wellbeing of citizens who transact businesses at the ELWA Junction.

Diaco: “They asked us to go to Sam Town. But we don’t think that’s good idea for us because; up to now there is no work ongoing there to ensure that we can all move there.”

Israel: “while it is truth that the work is a good initiative, the development ongoing should not put stop to those of us ‘hosing’ to sent ourselves to school including universities. The PCC people want us go to a place that is not conducive for citizens.”

A petty trader, Clarence Diggs also pointed out that the new place –Sam Town- secured by PCC authorities for them is in a deplorable state place sign of work ongoing at the Sam Town where they are to be relocated the part of PCC to find for them a parking space.

“I want to thank PCC for the changes ongoing here. I see that they are working and everything is moving on gradually. But my only frustration is about our new location, there is no construction work ongoing there which makes me think that there is no plan for street sellers,” Clarence.

In addition, petty traders currently operating at the Sam Town have expressed their frustration over issues confronting them.

Speaking to the head of local businesses men and women at the Sam Town market place, George Freeman said even though, the new location for peti traders is being appreciated by them, the area currently lacks electricity and other petty traders are not taking advantage of the place which makes buyers not to take delight in the place.

He said at night it is difficult for them to transact businesses due to the huge darkness in the area amidst criminal gangs.

“At night, the criminals from around will gather here, even though, we are yet to experience any attack of the criminals on us, the presence here fear us a lot which caused us sometimes to move our goods nearer the Super Store Supermarket. Again, the PCC people don’t understand this. Up to 11 PM, the PCC people forcibly take away our goods,” George noted.

Darling-girl Williams and Monyou Tarr were two petty traders who claimed to be victims of the PCC alleged harassment at night and during broad day light.

Darling-girl: “the people are not buying here but on many occasions since we moved here, the PCC people take our goods, last month April, I pay L$500,000 to them before they can release my goods. But when I came, my goods were incomplete. This is something that happens to us on a daily basic especially when we just move out of this place or come on the road.”

Notwithstanding, PCC says, it remains determined to implement the Paynesville City orneriness and to continuously involve in itself with developmental activities aimed at beautifying places in Paynesville that needs attraction when funds are made available or solicited.

Source: Solomon Watkins/UNDP Trained Development Reporter

'Dazzling Mirage' Releases Official Trailer (VIDEO) Tags: Movies Nollywood Nigeria Movies.Movies 2014 Movies Reviews

Dazzling Mirage, a film by Tunde Kelani, is the story of a talented young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma and prejudice to achieve her dreams.

Each year in Nigeria, 150,000 children are born with sickle cell disorder.  Many die before they're five. Others live in pain with no hope of a cure.  But Funmiwo will stop at nothing to have it all  ...
Internationally acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani, popularly known as TK, brings us Dazzling Mirage, the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve career success, marriage and motherhood. 

Dazzling Mirage features an all-star cast including Kemi (Lala) Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Seun Akindele, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King, Khabirat Kafidipe, Bukola Awoyemi among others. The film is an adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’. Kelani commissioned award-winning London-based and critically acclaimed Nigerian screenwriter Ade Solanke to bring this wonderful story to the screen.

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In the words of Director Tunde Kelani, ‘’It is an interesting love story, because all of us are connected directly or indirectly to the sufferers of this ailment. I’m intrigued by the writer’s approach to weave a love story with it and that to me, it is an attraction. I have also had personal relationship with sufferers of this ailment and I consider it my responsibility to bring their story to fore.’’


After working many years in the Nigerian film industry as a cinematographer, Tunde Kelani founded Mainframe Film & Television Productions, a company formed to document Nigeria’s rich culture. Tunde holds a diploma in the Art and Technique of Filmmaking from the London International Film School. Widely regarded as Nigeria's top filmmaker - learn more about TK's work at Mainframe Studios. http://www.mainframemovies.tv/

A great innovator in the Nigerian film industry, Veteran director Tunde Kelani is embracing social media to engage fans in the development of his film. Join us in making the first crowdsourced Nigerian film a great success. Let's help TK's worldwide audience see his next film. 

Source: dazzlingmirage

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