By: Efua Owusu- Ansah (Ghana)
Since this week started, the atmosphere around the meeting places at Elgro River Resort for the 19th ANLP participants changed. We got the news that the borders of most countries are being closed because of Covid 19. The president of South Africa also delivered a nation address on Sunday, 15th of March announcing the total number of cases recorded in the country to be sixty-one (61) as well as measures put in place for control. Some participants of the program had to hurriedly arrange to go home as soon possible. The fear of being affected, the fear of not being allowed to enter your own country, the fear of being quarantined, the fear of being quarantined with people from elsewhere who’s exposure to the disease may have been more than yours…… the fear goes on and on.
After an exciting time on Tuesday with the Mpho and Thabo Putu, in relation to advocacy and lobbying, people started smiling again. These brothers really know their stuff and they showed us why they come from Soweto. They are purposeful in the course for positive change in many areas for the benefit of the vulnerable and marginalized.
By evening time, all hell broke loose again, our Cameroonians sisters couldn’t help but be super concerned that their country is not allowing any aircraft to land. Should we book a flight for 3 am, should we call the ambassador to our country, should we rebook or buy a new ticket? These were the questions we all joined in to help. The uncertainty is the main issue, so much negative stress!