(By Michael W. Kahn)
After stints in Afghanistan and Haiti for NRECA International, no one will ever accuse Oscar Salinas of taking the easy route. His next stop won’t do anything to change that reputation. He’s going to another country whose name raises eyebrows: Liberia.
“We are going in to coordinate with international partners to support Liberia to expand access to reliable energy service through off-grid systems,” said Salinas, a Bolivian-born engineer. “All of the system was destroyed during the war.”
That was the ruinous civil war which consumed Liberia in the 1990s. Then in March 2014, an Ebola outbreak began. As of March 4, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization reported 9,249 confirmed, suspected and probable Ebola cases in Liberia, resulting in 4,117 deaths.
The CDC still urges Americans to avoid nonessential travel there, but Salinas recently went, saying conditions have improved. He talked to ECT.coop March 3, two days before leaving the United States with a long to-do list. READ MORE OF THIS STORY