Monday 22 October 2018

One Young World: Hundreds to march in Dublin in solidarity with Ebola victims

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Hundreds of young people will walk in Dublin tomorrow night in solidarity with the victims of Ebola.

Delegates at the One Young World Summit in Dublin also handed a petition to implore the United Nations to do more to fight the crisis to its acting director Michael Møller.

The young people – many upset because the Liberian delegate could not travel to the four day summit in Dublin – said they want to raise awareness of the disease by walking along Customs House Quay at 8pm on Saturday.

“We have heard many times here at this conference that we have to act, not tomorrow, not next month, but now,” said Heather Turney, 27, from the United States as she handed over the petition.

“We have created this petition which, on behalf of the delegate and our networks, implore you, the United Nations, to value the lives of the dying as much as you would your own and dedicate the required resources to end Ebola.

“We hope take you take this and start acting stronger to pull the international community act now, not tomorrow, so that people can get the treatment they need and not infect their loved ones.”

Rasha Muhyeddan, left, from Saudi Arabia, and Jana Al Qahtani, from Palestine pictured at the One Young World 2014 at the Convention centre in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 16/10/2014
Rasha Muhyeddan, left, from Saudi Arabia, and Jana Al Qahtani, from Palestine pictured at the One Young World 2014 at the Convention centre in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 16/10/2014
Bob Geldof beside a model space shuttle that one day he hopes to fly into space on at the One Young World 2014 Summit in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina hosted a lunch for former south American Presidents participating in the conference in Dublin, from left, Nicolas Ardito-Barletta, Andres Pastrana, Alejandro Toledo and Vicente Fox. Photo: Mark Condren

Up to 1,400 young people from all over the world and international guest speakers are in the capital for the summit, which aims to highlight the pressing issues the world faces including health, gender equality, health, homophobia and peace.

Mr Møller said the fight against Ebola has to be a collaborative effort.

“We are already doing quite a lot, we could have done a lot better if our members hasn’t have cut funding to WHO,” he said.

“Over €100m they cut, which castrated them in their ability to respond quickly.”

Mr Moller said the truth is that everybody “is flat out” both in WHO and in the UN missions creates within a week in four different west African countries.

“There was a call for volunteers and 24 hours later 4,000 of my colleagues had volunteered to go to west Africa to help out with this,” he added.

“So we are doing stuff.”

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