News release

Liberia: Red Cross releases song in solidarity with Ebola survivors

The Liberia Red Cross National Society has launched an anti-stigma song to support the reintegration of Ebola survivors into their communities. This initiative is part of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement's Ebola response in Liberia.

"Let Us Live Together Again" aims to raise public awareness of discrimination against Ebola survivors. It promotes values such as tolerance, solidarity and compassion and encourages families and community members to welcome, accept and live together with those who have survived the disease.

Fayiah Tambah, Secretary General of the Liberia National Red Cross Society, speaks to media at a press conference to launch "Let Us Live Together Again"

Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Monrovia, Liberia, 13 February 2015. Fayiah Tambah, Secretary General of the Liberia National Red Cross Society, speaks to media at a press conference to launch "Let Us Live Together Again" [© Liberia National Red Cross Society/Drseyeh B. Acqui]

Fayiah Tamba, Secretary General of the Liberia National Red Cross Society, said it was critical that survivors receive care and respect as they return to their communities. "As we gradually win the battle against Ebola, we can see the issue of stigmatization is what is left behind. People still feel they should keep a distance from those who have survived."

Florence Jlopeh (left) with Ebola survivors Makuka Sirleaf and Gerald Dennis during the live performance of "Let Us Live Together Again"

Florence Jlopeh (left) with Ebola survivors Makuka Sirleaf and Gerald Dennis during the live performance of "Let Us Live Together Again" [© Liberia National Red Cross Society/Drseyeh B. Acqui]

"The message and the rhythm of this music remind us that survivors are our family, our colleagues, our neighbours. They need our care, they need our love and we should encourage them back into their communities because they are harmless. Once we treat everyone with dignity, we can surely end Ebola in Africa," said Tamba.

Ebola survivor Gerald Dennis speaks during the Red Cross press conference.

Ebola survivor Gerald Dennis speaks during the Red Cross press conference. [© Liberia National Red Cross Society/Drseyeh B. Acqui]

The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement urges all Liberians to ensure that Ebola survivors are treated with respect and dignity to prevent additional suffering.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Movement has been fighting the epidemic through social mobilization, tracing people with whom Ebola sufferers have been in contact, safe and dignified burials, psychosocial support, restoration of health services and cash assistance for the survivors and the families of victims.

Ebola survivor Makuka Sirleaf recounts her experience of stigma to the media.

Ebola survivor Makuka Sirleaf recounts her experience of stigma to the media. [© Liberia National Red Cross Society/Drseyeh B. Acqui]

"Let Us Live Together Again" was presented to the media during a press conference at the Ministry of Information on 13 February 2015. The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement is calling on all media outlets in Liberia to broadcast this song to the largest public possible. The song was produced in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Liberia.

 


 

For further information, please contact:

  • Oniel Bestman, Liberia National Red Cross Society, tel: +231 777 346 356, oniel.bestman@liberian-redcross.org
  • Anita Dullard, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, tel: +231 770 472 409, anita.dullard@ifrc.org
  • Yamila Castro, International Committee of the Red Cross, tel: +231 776 825 887, ycastromartinez@icrc.org