It seems like the whole world had their eyes on the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray.
But as majority are celebrating, the news of one candidate’s unfortunate story have not been talked about often.
Miss Sierra Leone, Marie Esther Bangura, was unable to join the pageant. It was not because of anything scandalous, but because she arrived late in Bangkok, Thailand.
She has failed to meet the schedule set by the organizers, which was December 2. But it was already December 8 when Bangura arrived.
Despite arriving a few days after the other candidates, she was still allowed to attend several activities in line with the pageant. She also received the warm welcome of the Thais.
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So why didn’t she arrive on time? She faced some problems with her visa and it took her two weeks to travel from her country to Nigeria where she applied for a visa to the Royal Thai Embassy.
Adding to this, the also had to travel to Thailand by sea!
But the beauty queen maintained her positive mindset as she expressed that she still had a wonderful time even if she was not allowed to join the pageant proper.
“I always wanted to represent my country and that’s why I tried so hard to be here. Since I’m not competing, I still feel good because I got to meet people and learn new things.”
So what’s her silver lining? She’s allowed to join the competition in the following year.
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More than a year after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history started, schools in hardest hit nations have now reopened.
About five million children were left without access to education after schools were closed for six to eight months during the height of the Ebola epidemic.
Schools began reopening in Liberia in February this year. To prevent the spread of the disease, teachers take the temperatures of students everyday while students are advised to wash their hands before and after they leave the school building.
Moreover, students are warned not to touch each other or share food inside the school. They are also encouraged to wear a jacket and to bring their own bottles.
The World Bank Group (WBG) pledged $4.2 million for Ebola recovery in the education sector in Liberia.
In Sierra Leone, many families lost income because of the closure of businesses in the nation. As a result, many of them are not financially capable of sending their children back to school.
To help ease the financial burden on families, the Government of Sierra Leone subsidised secondary school matriculation fees over the next two years. In addition, the government also waived standard examination fees.
The $8.95 million-grant of the WBG helped the nation disinfect schools, give more than 36,000 hand washing stations, launch a social mobilisation campaign to raise awareness, as well as provide feeding program inside schools. The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology aims to implement these efforts in about 9,000 formal and informal institutions across the country.
Adama, a 12-year-old girl who lost her father and siblings to Ebola wants to finishing schooling in order to help her mother Mariatu.
“I wanted to stay in school. In the end, I’ll be a lawyer and will be in a better position to take care of my mother, if my mother lives to see that day,” Adama told The World Bank.
Through surveys, the WBG is evaluating the impact of Ebola epidemic on learning outcomes.
In January 2015, schools in Guinea reopened its doors to students more than eager to be back.
Using the $4.7 million-funds, new water and sanitation infrastructure will be built in about 6,365 schools in the country. About 12,000 teachers will undergo redesigned training programs that will incorporate Ebola-related issues.
UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus.
The man, who was a driver for the U.N. Women agency, passed away over the weekend in Sierra Leone and his spouse is currently receiving treatment.
All measures to protect staff at the duty station in Sierra Leone are being taken as best as possible under the current circumstances.
A Sudanese national who worked as a U.N. health worker in Liberia died in Germany last week while a Liberian woman died of probable Ebola last month.
U.N. Women said in a statement that Edmond Bangura-Sesay, who had been a driver for the agency since 2005, died on Saturday after testing positive for Ebola.
He was placed in quarantine on Oct. 14 after his wife fell ill.
She remains under care at an Ebola treatment center and a U.N. medical team was working to trace all the people who came in contact with the driver, said U.N. Women.
The world’s worst Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, where the United Nations is leading an effort to beat back the virus with a massive influx of aid.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week caused a stir when he complained of having only $100,000 in cash on hand for the fund and urged nations to dig deep in their pockets.
The fund is separate from a $1 billion appeal that the United Nations has launched to beef up the Ebola response. So far, $433 million have been donated to the appea,l which is earmarked for U.N. agencies.
Its list of “priority in-kind requirements” for the Ebola response includes air lifts, maritime transport, fuel, vehicles, mobile laboratory facilities and regular medical clinics, emergency evacuation capabilities, 3.3 million pieces of high-quality personal protective equipment and treatment centers.
As of Oct. 14, 4,555 people had died from the deadly virus out of a total of 9,216 cases registered in seven countries, according to the WHO. Most of them hailed from three West African nations at the center of the outbreak.