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Amidst Agony and Helplessness, There Is Love

Ebola crisis: My son’s survival saved me

Alexander Kollie and his son James KollieAlexander Kollie (l) and his son James pictured after his recovery

A Liberian worker for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) tells how he lost most of his family to Ebola.

Already separated from his family because of his work, the news was almost too much to bear.

But he was saved from mental collapse by the survival of his 18-year-old son, who became the 1,000th person treated by the medical charity to survive infection by the virus.

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Alexander Kollie’s story:

Saturday 21 September is a day I will never forget: I was out working with MSF as a health promotion officer, visiting villages and telling people about Ebola.

Alexander Kollie describes how he lost most of his family to Ebola

Then I got a call from my wife’s number. I answered the phone but nobody spoke.

She was staying in the capital, Monrovia, with three of our children while I was working in Foya, in the north of Liberia.

At that time, Ebola had come to Liberia so I tried to talk to my family about the virus and to educate them, but my wife did not believe in it.

I [had] called my wife begging her to leave Monrovia and bring the children north; she did not listen; she denied Ebola.

Alexander KollieAlexander Kollie phoned the Ebola hotline when his son, who is known as Kollie, seemed lethargic

Later that night, my brother called me: “Your wife has died.”

I said: “What?” He said: “Bendu is dead.”

I dropped the phone; I threw it away and it broke apart.

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He didn’t have any symptoms like vomiting or diarrhoea, but he just looked tired”

Alexander Kollie

We were together for 23 years. She was the only one who understood me well.

I felt like I’d lost my whole memory. My eyes were open, but I didn’t know what I was looking at; I had no vision.

Later that same week, I received another call from Monrovia.

My brother, who was working as a nurse, had been taking care of my wife.

But he became infected, and died, too.

Then my two youngest children were taken to the medical centre in Monrovia, but my girls were very sick and they died.

I felt even more helpless; I was breaking in my mind; I couldn’t make sense of anything.

Anger

My eldest son, James Kollie - also known as Kollie - was still in Monrovia in the house where our family had been sick, though he was showing no signs of illness.

He called me and said: “Everyone got sick, I don’t know what to do.”

I told him to come here to Foya to be with me.

When my son arrived, people in the village would not accept us.

They told us that our family had all died and to take Kollie away.

I was angered by their reaction. I knew he wasn’t showing any symptoms and was not a threat to them but because of the stigma, they wouldn’t let us stay. We had to move on.

The next morning, though I noticed my son looking more tired than usual; I was worried about him.

Alexander Kollie at an Ebola treatment centreAlexander Kollie was able to visit his son at the Ebola treatment centre

He didn’t have any symptoms like vomiting or diarrhoea, but he just looked tired.

I called the Ebola hotline and MSF brought him to their Ebola care centre here in Foya to be tested.

When the test came back positive, it was a night of agony for me. I spent the whole night just crying and thinking about what would happen now to my son.

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Stop crying Papa… My sisters are gone, but I am going to survive and I will make you proud”

James Kollie

The next day the psychosocial counsellors at MSF calmed me down. They told me to wait. To hold my peace. I sat with them, and we talked and talked.

I was able to see my son in the care centre from across the fence, so I called out to him: “Son, you’re the only hope I got. You have to take courage. Any medicine they give to you, you have to take it.”

He told me: “Papa, I understand. I will do it. Stop crying Papa… My sisters are gone, but I am going to survive and I will make you proud.”

Every day, the counsellors made sure they saw me, and they sat with me so I could talk.

After some time, my son started doing much better. He was moving around… but I was worried that his eyes were still red.

Then something amazing happened, something I could not actually believe until I saw it.

How Ebola spreads

I’ve seen people with Ebola start to look strong and then the next day, they’re just gone.

So I was also thinking, maybe my son will be one of those who will be gone the next day.

'Smiling face'

When finally I saw him come out, I felt so very, very happy. I looked at him and he said to me: “Pa, I am well.”

I hugged him. Lots of people came to see him when he came outside. Everybody was so happy to see him outside.

Then MSF told me, that he is the charity’s 1,000th survivor of Ebola.

This is a great thing, but I was wondering, how many more people have we lost?

Of course I am so happy to have Kollie still, but it’s hard not to think of all those who are no longer with us.

James KollieJames Kollie, 18, wants to study biology and become a doctor

When I took him home with me, he actually had a smiling face. And me too, I had a big smile on my face.

I decided to have a little party for him.

Since then, we do everything together. We sleep together, we eat together and we have been conversing a lot.

I asked him: “What’s your ambition after you graduate from high school?”

He’s a 10th grade student. He told me that he wants to study biology and become a medical doctor.

So now I’m going to try every way I can to meet his needs and succeed in life, so that he should not feel so bad about the pain he has suffered losing his mother.

I told him: “Now I am your mother and your father. I am serving as both for you now.”

He is 18 now, so I will make him my friend… because he’s the only one I have to talk to.

I cannot replace my wife, but I can make a new life with our son.

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How not to catch Ebola:

A medical worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone - 16 October 2014
  • Avoid direct contact with sick patients as the virus is spread through contaminated body fluids
  • Wear protective cover for eyes
  • Clothing and clinical waste should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated
  • People who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex or use condoms for three months

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ARTWORK: Black is Truly Beautiful

A Pageant That’s Beautiful in More Ways Than One

Kehinde Wiley, Venus at Paphos (The World Stage: Haiti), 2014. Oil on linen 60 x 48 in (152.5 x 122 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.
Artist Kehinde Wiley has been traveling the globe for the past few years, handpicking locals from various stops as muses for his lush, classical photographs and paintings. Wiley’s work bestows powerful, complex auras upon his subjects, who are usually black men. The series, called The World Stage, has visited Jamaica, Israel, France, India, Brazil, Lagos, Dakar, China, and Sri Lanka.
The New York and Beijing-based Wiley’s latest works celebrate the people of Haiti, where he held “beauty pageants” in Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, and Jalousie, in which winners were selected at random rather than on more standard pageant merits. A show of 12 of these portraits of Wiley’s winners, as well as a documentary about the process, will be exhibited at Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles from September 13th through October 25th.
Kehinde Wiley, Portrait of Sophia Camy (The World Stage: Haiti), 2014. Oil on linen 60 x 48 in (152 x 122 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.
From the show’s official statement: ”In the minds of most, Haiti has never sparked quick associations with tranquility or beauty, and rarely as a travel destination. On the contrary, its modern history, fraught with poverty and corruption and ravaged by a devastating natural disaster, relegated it to a seemingly perpetual Third World status. 
Yet, Wiley found beauty in Haiti, bringing it to the forefront by creating his own beauty 
pageants, in the long tradition of pageant culture native to the region. In previous World Stage
iterations, Wiley conducted his castings on the streets. With The World Stage: Haiti, he employed a different approach specific to the culture: open calls on the radio, posters around the streets of Jacmel, Jalouise and Port-au-Prince, culminating in beauty pageants. Across the Caribbean, pageants serve as mass entertainment events, allowing locals to do more than exhibit poise, talent and physical beauty; pageants are a manifestation of collective cultural values. Wiley’s pageant winners were chosen randomly rather than through a judging process. By showing the pageant contestants paintings of European masters on which the new works would be based, Wiley deepened the connection between both place and era.”
Kehinde Wiley, The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte (The World Stage: Haiti), 2014. Archival inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Bright 300 grain paper. Paper 27.5 x 22 inches, Image 21.321 x 16 inches. Edition of 30. Publisher: The Lapis Press, Culver City, California. To benefit Ciné Institute, Haiti.
In addition to the show, Wiley will be creating a limited edition print that will benefit Ciné Institute, a school in Jacmel that supports film and sound engineering students, with a focus on providing them with the tools to make works that are culturally tied to, and are made in, Haiti.
Kehinde Wiley, Venus Anadyomène (The World Stage: Haiti), 2014. Oil on linen 36 x 28 in (91.7 x 71 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.

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