Michelle Barnes – TRANSCRIPT
I’m going to talk to you about the ongoing Ebola outbreak. It started in Guinea in 2013, and has since moved to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, the UK, Spain, Italy, and even the US.
I’m also going to talk about the next Ebola outbreak. But before I do that, I’d like to talk to you about my friend, Astrid. You see, back in 2008, Astrid and her husband Jaap went on an adventure vacation to Uganda. The draw for them was to see the mountain gorillas. They’d been to Africa before, so they were really excited to meet the people and to see the wildlife.
While they were there, they toured an orphanage, and Astrid felt a strong connection to the children. And she made a promise that she’d do something for them when she returned home to the Netherlands. A few months passed, and the director called Astrid to tactfully remind her of her promise. But Astrid hadn’t forgot the connection and she hadn’t forgot her promise. You see, Astrid had died shortly after returning from her vacation.
Astrid had contracted Marburg virus in a cave in Queen Elizabeth National Park. She’d had an unremarkable contact with a bat in a cave called the Python Cave. So, it’s called the Python Cave, but it’s also the home to thousands of Egyptian fruit bats. Astrid’s connection continued, as her husband Jaap formed an organization to help the children. He’s engaged hundreds of people in keeping her promise alive.