Black People : Teacher resigns over forced Ebola scare leave

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  1. UBNaturally

    UBNaturally Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I come across items sometimes that bring about questions, simple questions, but questions that hit to the core of some deeper thoughts...

    For instance, this article from a "Ghanaian site"

    Teacher resigns over forced Ebola scare leave
    Source: Reuters

    Date: 04-11-2014


    A teacher at a Louisville, Kentucky, Catholic school has resigned rather than take paid leave after parents raised concerns about her trip to Kenya, half a continent away from the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, WDRB Channel 41 TV reported.

    Susan Sherman, a religious education teacher who is also a registered nurse, was recently on a mission in Kenya in eastern Africa.

    When she returned, St. Margaret Mary school requested she take a precautionary 21-day leave and produce a health note from her doctor, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Louisville.

    Sherman, who taught religion to seventh- and eighth-graders, chose to resign instead, according to WDRB.

    It was not immediately possible to reach Sherman for comment. Officials at St. Margaret Mary referred questions to the Archdiocese.

    Cecelia Price, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese, said the decision to request the leave came from the school itself.

    A handful of U.S. states have imposed mandatory quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - while the federal government is wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers.

    The most deadly outbreak of Ebola on record has killed 4,951 people, mostly in West Africa.


    I will add a map just so we can see the distance Kenya is from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    Now this is not the actual source of the report, as it comes from Reuters.

    Reuters article:

    Notice something missing in the Reuters article?

    Now I will post an article from this same "Ghanian site" from September

    Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study
    Source: BBC

    Date: 24-09-2014


    New figures suggest 70% of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported, says the World Health Organization.

    Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up, the UN agency has warned.

    In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.

    Experts said the US numbers were "somewhat pessimistic''.

    The world's largest outbreak of Ebola has caused 2,800 deaths so far, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria were "pretty much contained", said the WHO.

    Scientists have warned that swift action is needed to curb the exponential climb in the Ebola outbreak.


    Again, not the original source, as the report comes from BBC.

    BBC article:

    And again, something is missing (or extra) in comparison to this BBC article.

    What does this image

    have to do with Kenya or Kentucky?

    Besides this, there is a deliberate "stigma campaign" going on.

    Even to where the land mines that are killing people in Mali have been getting little to no attention in comparison to the death of a 2 year old.

    Land Mines in Africa


    Mali witnessed multiple landmine attacks in September. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb exploited the confusion surrounding the military coup and Tuareg uprising in northern Mali in 2012 to establish a harsh Islamic rule. French soldiers ousted the Islamists and a United Nations peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA, was established to consolidate the peace and return security to the region. Since the start of the conflict over 170 people have been killed or injured by landmines.

    On September 1st, four civilian contractors were injured when their vehicle drove over a landmine. On the 2nd, four peacekeepers were killed and another 15 injured from the Chadian contingent when they struck a mine shortly after leaving their base in Aguelhok (which had been subject to mortar fire the day before) (BBC; The Star). On September 6th, again near Aguelhok, a landmine killed one civilian and injured several others (Star Africa). A week later, on the 14th and again near Aguelhok, another Chadian peacekeeper was killed and four more injured. The United Nations Security Council condemned the attack but a Malian official noted that the Islamic insurgents “have a whole supply line of mines and they find out which roads the MINUSMA vehicles use” in order to deliberately attack the peacekeepers (Naharnet). The Security Council’s condemnation was ineffective as four days later, another MINUSMA vehicle struck a landmine near Aguelhok killing five more Chadian peacekeepers and injuring three (All Africa). This incident led the Chadian government to threaten to withdraw its support for MINUSMA – Chad has the third-largest contingent of peacekeepers in Mali with over 1,000 soldiers – prompting the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to call Idriss Deby, President of Chad, and express gratitude to Chad for the work of its peacekeepers. Ban and Deby also discussed ways to better protect the peacekeepers (Swiss Info). That conversation led to the delivery of a fleet of mine-resistant vehicles in Mali for MINUSMA and mine risk education sessions for peacekeepers. The efforts to protect peacekeepers did not extend to civilians and the day after Ban and Deby’s call, two shepherds were killed by a mine near Aguelhok (Ahram). That makes a total of 13 killed and at least 29 injured in September alone.

    According to one report, the landmines are being laid in northern Mali by the Al Qaeda-linked group, Ansar Dine led by Iyad Ag Gahly, which has created a special unit to mine the roads of the region. Children and young men are trained to disguise the presence of the mines and have been using motorcycles to quickly place mines in the roadway ahead of vehicles (Sahelian).


    What is AQIM doing in Mali?
    AQIM and splinter groups Ansar al-Dine and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) aided the semi-nomadic Tuaregs—a historically disenfranchised regional ethnic minority—who launched a rebellion in early 2012 against Mali's government and wrested control of the country's sparsely populated north. But they soon marginalized Tuareg forces and began implementing their own severe brand of sharia in the breakaway northern territory. According to the United Nations, the jihadist influx was particularly brutal for women, many of whom were raped and forced into marriage or prostitution.

    Mali, a predominantly Muslim, landlocked West African nation that straddles the arid latitudes of the sub-Saharan Sahel, gained independence from France in 1960. Its democratization over the past two decades had been celebrated by Western donor states, but the military coup in 2012 and ongoing Islamist insurgency has exposed deep and destabilizing political rifts. (A transitional civilian government assumed power with the military's consent in early April.)

    After a brief union combating state forces, Ansar al-Dine and MUJAO drove Tuareg separatists out of major towns including Gao, Timbuktu, and Kidal. MUJAO merged with Belmokhtar's al-Mulathamun Battalion in May 2013 to form al-Murabitoun, according to the State Department, which is covered under the same FTO designation.

    Source, from the good old CFR:

    History of the MINUSMA

    In 2012, Tuareg and other peoples in northern Mali's Azawad region started an insurgency in the north under the banner of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. After some initial successes and complaints from the Malian Army that it was ill-equipped to fight the insurgents, who had benefited from an influx of heavy weaponry from the 2011 Libyan civil war as well as other sources, elements of the army staged a military coup d'état on 21 March 2012. Following the coup, the rebels made further advances to capture the three biggest cities in the north: Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal. Following economic sanctions and a blockade by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the country, a deal, brokered in Burkina Faso by President Blaise Compaoré under the auspices of ECOWAS, was signed that would see Amadou Sanogo cede power to Dioncounda Traoré to assume the presidency in an interim capacity until an election is held.


    Now, Burkina Faso is going through a coup, just as Mali did a few years ago.
    Both Mali and Burkina Faso have active gold mines, and investors have been looking at more potential areas that may have additional resources


    Yea, this was way OFF TOPIC, but the initial topic really isn't or wasn't much of one after further thought.