Getting ahead of the curve

By Audrey E. Korte

30-year old widow and mother of four, Mary B Fofanah living in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, didn't believe in COVID-19 at first. She thought it was a money-making scheme. Though her mother died from the pandemic, it wasn't until the Active Ambassadors Network Sierra Leone ( AANSL) showed up to spread the message about the virus that she became convinced that COVID-19 is real and deadly.

Hidden Voices Salone spoke to Mary through a translator about her experience.

She said she did not believe in COVID-19 even after losing her mother to it. But after hearing it explained by AANSL volunteers, she changed her mind and is now trying to spread the information to friends and neighbours.

The widow said it's tough to social- distance because, in her residence, ten people are sharing a single room. She's now on the lookout for signs of the disease among relatives and neighbours and said she would make sure to take pe