“All of a sudden this was the topic everywhere, at school, at home…”
Boubacar Sidy Diallo is 12 years old. He is in 6th Grade and lives with his parents at Taouyah, Conakry, in Guinea.
Where were you when you first heard of Ebola?
I was at school, during recess. My friends told me that a disease had been declared in Guinea. They said it was a deadly, very contagious disease.
What were your first thoughts when you heard of the outbreak?
All of a sudden this was the topic everywhere, at school, at home … I was perplexed and I was also very worried when I was hearing of Ebola at the beginning.
What are the signs of Ebola?
It’s when a person vomits blood, or has a bloody diarrhea, or high fever.
How do people get Ebola?
You get Ebola by shaking the hands of sick people, through contact with the sick person’s belongings, or by coming near an Ebola victim’s body.
Where did you learn about this?
I read about it on the internet, and my parents, friends and teachers also told me about it.
What did your teachers say about it?
They spoke to us during class; they said we must always wash our hands.
What about your parents?
They told me to always use chlorine, to be careful, and not to shake hands with people.
How did Ebola change your life?
My mom forbade me from walking around in the neighborhood. I also couldn’t go watch football in video clubs anymore.
Do you know anyone who has Ebola?
No, I don’t know anyone.
What would you say to the people in Guinea?
They must respect hygiene measures, they shouldn’t visit sick people in the hospitals and they shouldn’t shake the hands of anyone. When people die, people must call the Red Cross and not touch the bodies.