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The Ambassadors of the Member States of the East African Community would like to emphasize that there is no Ebola in East Africa and there is no reason to avoid travelling to East Africa because of the recent and tragic outbreak in parts of West Africa.

The economic impact of Ebola ripples through all corners of Africa due to inaccurate information and a lack of perspective on the size of the continent of Africa in some media.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a catastrophe and our hearts and efforts should go out to the countries and people affected by this crisis. The importance of joint efforts to combat the outbreak in West Africa cannot be overstated.  We the Ambassadors of the countries of the East African Community would like to underscore, however, that there is no Ebola in East Africa and there is no reason to avoid travelling to the region.

While it is understandable that people feel worried, the fear is not founded on facts or any real danger. The outbreak is is between 5000 and 6000 km from the main tourist attractions in East Africa. By comparison, the distance between the Ebola epicenter in West Africa and London is 4936 km. The distance between the Ebola epicenter and Nairobi, Kenya, is 5656 km (source: http://africageographic.com/blog/ebola-are-you-at-risk/). Thus the epidemic in West Africa is closer to the capital of Great Britain than it is to the capital of Kenya.

Tourism is a vital sector of the economies in East Africa and diminishing numbers of tourists threaten the jobs and livelihoods of many ordinary people. This is especially unfortunate when it is a result of a seemingly trivial, yet—in this case—gravely harmful matter such as insufficient knowledge of the size of Africa.

Footnote: Africa is bigger than The USA, China, India, Japan and all of Europe put together. The distance between the epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak and the popular tourist destination of Zanzibar is equal to the distance between Stockholm and Kathmandu, Nepal. http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/cartography

 

H.E. Pascal Ruhomvyumworo, Ambassador or Burundi

H.E. Dr. Joseph K. Sang, Ambassador of Kenya

H.E. Venetia Sebudandi, Ambassador of Rwanda

H.E. Dora Mmari Msechu, Ambassador of Tanzania

H.E. Zaake Wanume Kibedi, Ambassador of Uganda


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2014 )
 
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