Only one person has died of Ebola here in the United States, yet judging from the outrage we are hearing and seeing from some lawmakers you’d think there were many, many more deaths.
Compare that to West Africa, especially Liberia, a country hit hardest by a real Ebola outbreak.
In the capital of Monrovia more than 4,000 cases have been reported.
More than 2,300 people have died.
This New York Times report from Ben Solomon captures the struggle ambulance driver Gordon Kamara lives every day.
He says his entire city is covered with bodies and there’s nothing he can do about it, especially when there are only 15 ambulances for a city of 1.5 million people.
Gordon says he barely sleeps and even then he can’t escape it.
“I’m tired of seeing people getting sick. I don’t rest even when I go to bed. Sometimes I see it in my dreams.”
The hard hit countries have asked the international communities for help, but it has been slow.
The United Nations asked for $1 billion in September but so far has collected a little over $100,000.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, “that’s only a little bit more than the GoFundMe page for Dallas nurse Nina Pham, which raised more than $87,000 in less than a week.”
A new GoFundmepage for Dallas nurse Amber Vinson has already raised $5,000.
Nurse Nina Pham is said to be recovering well at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
And when I spoke to nurse Amber Vinson’s mother exclusively last night on CNN she told me her daughter is expected to make a full recovery as well.
Of course we wish them and anyone affected by Ebola in here in the US well.
But with so many resources here and so much money one has to wonder where is the same outpouring and empathy for Ebola victims in Africa?