NEW BOOK RELEASE ON THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA
Philadelphia, December 1, 2015.
A new book documenting the first indigenous account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was released in the United States of America on Friday November 13, 2015.
The book, The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Corporate Gangsters, Multinationals & Rogue Politicians, is published by the Africanist Press; an independent African publishing company based in Philadelphia, and written by the Sierra Leonean writer and political activist Chernoh Alpha M. Bah.
Bah, an award-winning African journalist and long-term human rights advocate in West Africa, was the focus of a New York Times article in early October 2014 relating to a controversy with the government of Sierra Leone over a container of medical supplies he had imported into the country to help fight the Ebola outbreak then at its height; which was blocked by officials in the president’s office.
The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa is his latest contribution to the discourse surrounding the causes of the Ebola outbreak and its ramifications. In the book, Bah presents an in-depth investigation that challenges the official narrative surrounding the origin and widespread transmission of the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic.
He demonstrates with hard evidence that the western narrative, which rashly pinned the origin of the epidemic on a two-year-old boy in a small Guinean village and implicated the backwardness of Africans as the cause for the widespread nature of the outbreak, was neither corroborated, nor challenged by Western journalists and the Western academic establishment. The book explores why, at the initial stages of the outbreak when thousands of men, women and children were dying, Western media had already settled on a narrative that blamed and criminalized the victims for the epidemic’s explosion.
Bah establishes the West African outbreak as the continuation of a colonial legacy of multinational corporate exploitation, political corruption, and western dehumanization of the African.
Glaringly absent from the official narrative, he argues, is how the billions of dollars of foreign corporate investments existing in West Africa’s natural resource exploitation and the strategic international military and governmental intelligence interests in the region (including billion-dollar animal-testing and deadly-pathogen laboratory projects) served as the foundations for the outbreak.
“It is only from within this global context that the conditions of the outbreak and its widespread devastation can be properly understood,” he argues.
The book illustrates and illuminates the Ebola crisis in new and terrifying ways and it is so far the first indigenous account that presents a holistic and independent investigation into one of the worst human tragedies in recent history.
Chernoh Alpha M. Bah is expected to start an international book tour across the United States, Europe and Africa this November, to promote the book.
“The alternative story surrounding the outbreak and its devastation has to be told,” a statement from the Africanist Press stated.
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