As the fight against the deadly Ebola virus continues across the country, more individuals have joined in the frontline to engage all sectors by spreading the preventive and rightful message in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Key amongst those individuals is Ahmed Jallanzo, a Liberian photo journalist who began street photographing 16 years ago before becoming a photo journalist in 2003 during the Liberian civil war.
On Wednesday, October 2, Journalist Jallanzo presented several sanitizing and food items to the National Photographer Union of Liberia (NAPUL) with a caution that photographers are part of the fight against the deadly epidemic and should keep it safe.
Presenting the items which included a carton of chloride, several bottles of sanitizer and seven bags of 25kg rice, Journalist Jallanzo said all cannot the peak at the same time but indicated that the donation is a sign of having a turning point. He added that the gesture is to show how (he) as a founding member of the institution can return.
“We (photographers) are not poor but we need to open our minds. There is no way we can contribute to government’s effort when our members in house cannot afford, “Jallanzo added.
Journalist Jallanzo indicated that the donation was meant for less privileged photographers, because according to him the Ebola epidemic has imposed an unwarranted economic hardship thus leaving members of the National Photographer Union of no exception.
He reminded the photographers about the effect of the deadly Ebola virus and encouraged members of NAPUL to adhere to the preventive messages seriously so as to join in the effort to kick the virus out of Liberia.
Receiving the items, NAPUL President, Atiliean W. Gibson, said the gesture is welcoming especially from somebody who stood on the streets of Monrovia as cameraman for years. Mr. Gibson said that the donation is a surprise and worth commendation. The NAPUL boss further said, “We believe that other big photographers in and out of Liberia will see this gesture as a wakeup call for them to look back and assist their down-trodden colleagues.”
The items were intended for seven downtrodden photographers who have been in the profession for years. One of the beneficiaries described the gesture as amazing.
He was named the Press Union of Liberia’s best Photojournalist for 2012-2013. He became the first Liberian Photojournalist to have covered Africa’s most prestigious soccer event when he covered the Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations finals in Bamako, Mali.
Ahmed Jallanzo is a Liberian career photojournalist, stringer for European Pressphoto Agency(EPA) based in Frankfurt, Germany, a contributor of Africa Media Online(AMO) based in South Africa and member of the Twenty-Ten Project, a project that trains African Journalists to report on FIFA’s first World Cup on the continent of Africa.