By Samuka V. Konneh (Monrovia – 00231886134180 / 777464028) –
For close to two weeks now, statistics regarding Ebola’s causalities remain down in Liberia, contrary to expert predictions that the number of cases reported may increase exponentially – of course if adequate steps were not taken to curtail its spread.
Despite this window of relief, there is no argument that the virus is still ravishing the country and West Africa in whole. Therefore, the need for more and more resources to combat the virus is an ever-present challenge.
In the United States of America, the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Associations (FELMAUSA) says it is increasing its support in Liberia’s fight against the killer disease. A weekend statement from the Minnesota, where the president resides says FELMAUSA has galvanized millions of dollars worth of prevention and medical materials and other resources to be shipped in a forty foot container to Liberia. The statement did not, however, say how soon the shipment would arrive in Monrovia. However, the Director of FELMAUSA’s medical mission, Joseph Sackor, is quoted as saying that the container will arrive first week in December.
This promise follows the physical donation of Five Thousand ($5,000) United States to the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia to boost its Ebola intervention initiatives. The organization also donated laser temperature testing thermometers to the Caucus as part of it contribution. To ensure that the Federation and its community there in the US are aware of prevailing situations in Liberia, FELMAUSA has created a radio talk show.
“The show has hosted several key individuals from Liberia; among them are Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh, national chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia; Sekou B. Korleh, president of the National Mandingo Caucus as well as doctors Solimane A. Konneh and Mohammed Swaray, who are on the forefront of the current Ebola fight. These doctors have physically treated Ebola patients and even helped to dispose of bodies demised by Ebola,” the statement said. Actually, the doctors mentioned in the statement are from the Union of Muslim Health Workers in Liberia who mobilized Muslim health workers and medical students to help Liberia rid Ebola.
FELMAUSA, the largest Liberian Mandingo federation in the US, has committed itself to helping its countrymen and women with medicines, medical supplies and equipment through their government and has done so for several years now.
Bangalee A. Trawally is the organization’s current president. Along with his administration, Mr. Trawally has been on the frontier of ensuring that FELMAUSA plays a vital role in the fight to rid Ebola. “Upon receipt of the news of Ebola outbreak in Liberia, President Trawally wasted no time to immediately convene a meeting among members of his administrative team, including chapter leaders of FELMAUSA and the Board of Directors to find solution to the growing humanitarian havoc and mayhem inflicted by Ebola against the people of Africa's oldest independent nation,” Soko Sackor Jr., FELMAUSA’s Secretary General says.
The aftermath of that meeting, according to Mr. Sackor, resulted to a mutual consensus to task its chapter leaders to reach out to local community members for individual contributions; and money generated therefrom will be remitted to Liberia to help the current Ebola crisis. This process is still ongoing.
The federation says its contribution is based on a theoretical preposition that the prime purpose of any genuine institution is to provide ultimate protection for its community and people. “Any well-meaning institution will also seek and deliver benefits and utilities that will bring greater happiness to the people in times of their difficulties and tribulations. Such institution of the people must demonstrate care and concern for the affected poor and downtrodden masses. For it is only through such demonstration of care and concern for the masses that the theory of social contract can truly hold or be maximized accordingly,” FELMAUSA has highlighted in its weekend statement.
This is how FELMAUSA explains the context of its social contract: “The people created FELMAUSA, have protected and nurtured FELMAUSA for more than seven years. Now the people are in trouble and FELMAUSA is helping to rescue them from their trouble of humanitarian disaster, which is exactly why FELMAUSA was formed in the first place. Such an agreement is implicitly understood between FELMAUSA and its creators.”
The theory of social contract stipulates that if an individual or a group of individuals of the state or institution sacrifice their collective freedom to protect the state/institution in difficult political and natural circumstances; the state, as an organized governor of the people, must also be willing to reciprocate by providing protection for the people in times of any unforeseen phenomenon against their natural human conditions like the Ebola outbreak.