By Hama Tuma
EBOLA or whatever that is ravaging people in West Africa is no joking matter and trivializing it is not my intention at all. Condolences and sympathies to those who lost a kin or are suffering is due.
And yet, Ebola raises many questions needing immediate answers. Is Ebola really Ebola? is Ebola a plot? Is it man made? Is it an inflated malaria? A Meningitis gone wild? What is its color–black? white? Is it the white man’s perpetual desire to reduce the black population? In Ethiopia, we say a person who escaped from a snake’s attack will jump in fright when he or she sees a vine on the ground. Aggrieved, duped and hurt so many times, we Africans have become suspicious of all things bad attributed to our beloved continent. Some people attribute most viruses and plagues to Africa. Some think the A in AIDS refers to Africa. Bill Maher said AIDS came from the copulation of an African with a monkey. Ebola is now said to be a result of eating monkeys though it did not appear in Asia where monkey meat is a delicacy in some countries. Is Ebola a conspiracy against Africa? Some seem to think so as the following article does suggest:
http://www.undergroundworldnews.com The recent Ebola outbreak in Africa coincides with a massive Meningitis Vaccine campaign targeting over 100 million Africans; notably including all four African countries (Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone) caught in the epicentre of the viral spread. The cost-effective vaccine, MenAfriVac®,(less than US$0.50 per dose) was “kept outside the cold chain for up to four days at up to 40°C”. Vaccine Resistance Movement is investigating the link between this extremely toxic experimental vaccine and the sudden surge in cases of Ebola. Symptoms of ‘Acute fulminating Meningococcal Septicemia’, a virulent form of bacterial meningitis (marked by extreme vomiting, hemorrhaging – excessive bleeding around the eyes & mouth, severe blackish bruising on the arms & legs), closely resemble those seen in Ebola victims. Why has the Ebola virus suddenly erupted in a region of Africa known as the “Meningitis Belt”? Because the WHO & CDC/enter for disease control–USA) are deliberately trying to cover up their bloody tracks once again. This supposed outbreak of Ebola bares all the hallmarks of a rarified, virulent strain of bacterial Meningitis, ‘Acute fulminating Meningococcal Septicemia’, also known as ‘Waterhouse-Friderichsen Syndrome’. Another case of a dangerous, untested vaccine triggering a tsunami of viral mutations – in impoverished regions“.
The accusation that the depopulation of blacks–specially Africans–has for long been on the agenda of western countries is not to be dismissed as a stupid right wingers’ raving. More, Ebola must definitely be worse and more dangerous than Boko Haram and the region’s version of Al-Qaida for America to send soldiers and not medical personnel like Cuba. Deadly as it is, the color and texture of Ebola baffles. My very cynical friend from Ghana insists that Ebola is as African as Cassava and caused by a costly desire to be noticed on the part of a West Africa jealous of the Somalia status (drones and invasions). He further stated that Syria, and the Kurds especially, are dying with envy as Syria has no American soldier on its soil and is praying for a Middle East Ebola. Africa’s alleged double digit annual economic growth that ought to be envied by China and France among others has not become a best seller fiction (though fiction it is) –we need money and attention and voila Ebola! And so, Ebola could very well be an African greed and money con act that misfired–curse on the corrupt regimes. Attractive as this argument seems, I am not satisfied that Ebola is black. It is obvious that Africans are prone to slaughter Africans so much so that some African Americans do not want to be called African at all and one TIME magazine journalist even blessed his ancestors for leaving Africa as slaves. (By the way can one take the slave trade as mass migration, forced as it was, and a blessing?). After much observation and absolutely no research in West Africa, I am convinced that Ebola is white. Such catastrophes over Africa were in the past the doings of whites–colonialists and imperialists. Western pharmaceutical giants (Pfizer in Nigeria for example) have always taken Africa and blacks as guinea pigs or monkeys for experiment. Why not Ebola then? Could it be the result of their misfired experiment? Ethiopians, who are a suspicious lot and know far too much about death be it from famine or brutal State terror, say those who are not suspicious (doubting) will be weeded out (killed) . Or as Mizner said: ” I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education” is worth quoting in this instance.
Now that Ebola is appearing in the Western countries, its alleged “Africanness” is also being put to test. In this connection, one wonders why the vaccine that saved another American was not given to the Dallas patient (color black) who has now died. While more than 4000 Africans have perished and millions are expected to be infected come next year, not one white person has died from Ebola (minus two Spanish missionaries–we know how they always steal our thunder- and a very sick nurse who may try to challenge my assertion by dying) . What about the thousands of Chinese in West Africa ? I have not heard of one dying up to now. The thousands of exploitative and racist Lebanese merchants? Not one has died from what I have tried to gather. Ebola is apparently very much anti black. As was and is Aids. As they say, no statue has ever been erected for a critic but this should not frighten us unto saying nothing. Ebola is anti African. If it has now appeared in the West then it can only mean that THEY have goofed somehow. Of course, some Africans would see it as deserved revenge on the colonialists and predators of the West. Ebola in the West would force them to find a vaccine, Ebola in Africa who cares ! It is like malaria, perhaps more deadly but so long as it is an African curse why bother. All those who argue that Africans are already too many and not concerned by birth control would be happy. The less blacks the better. Ebola is definitely white and racist if we have to bluntly put it. So, what is the tomorrow of Ebola? It will kill more Africans and will, as they say now, spread to the West too and shake up their world till they realize that sending soldiers is not the solution. Till they get it that Ebola may be as dangerous as those the West calls terrorists and the solution is not soldiers and drones but medical mobilization and vaccines. That said what the hell is Ebola? The result of messed up experimentation? a biological test gone awry? a virus on Africa? The easiest is to conclude that Ebola is some devil that detests Africa and Africans. As the Chinese would say a white devil. All said, Ebola is, alas, very real. Fortress Europe and America have now one more reason to say blacks please go back.