Excerpt from Townhall
By Tom Tradup
Last week—on the same day that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were generating international headlines by accusing each other of racism and bigotry—Joseph Gbembo was quietly preparing a meal for 16 children living in his humble home in the town of Foya in northern Liberia. A short distance away, a cemetery containing 250 headstones commemorates those who died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic which claimed over 11,000 lives in West Africa…including one marking the burial of a newborn simply named “Baby One Day.”
Gbembo lost 17 relatives in the virus epidemic, and the 16 children ranging in ages from 4 to 12 which he now cares for were orphaned in the crisis. “I had no choice but to take them in, they are my family,” he observes.
Foya—and virtually all of Liberia’s onetime Ebola “hot zone”—are pretty much forgotten two years later as our 24/7 news industry chases the latest 2016 campaign controversy, or why Olympic swimmers from the U.S. filed false reports of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, or why 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand during the national anthem because he sees America as a nation that “oppresses people of color.”
Regrettably, outlandish events and blistering soundbites have come to dominate journalism in America because they generate both ratings and revenue. But in the world beyond FOX News, MSNBC and Entertainment Tonight, real life men and women are hard at work improving the lives of people without concern over publicizing their heroism.