A 17-year-old boy is relieved to be in The Gambia after escaping the Ebola outbreak in his home country, Sierra Leone.
Chukwuemeka Taylor was on holiday in the country when the deadly virus started killing thousands of Sierra Leoneans.
Now he is growing accustomed to life in The Gambia as he stays with his aunt.
Chukwuemeka is attending Gambia Methodist Academy, where he is already recognized as one of the most intelligent students in Grade 11. He recently came out first in the National Bible Quiz.
According to the Salone boy, he is very grateful to be in The Gambia.
“The Gambia is quieter than Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is a rowdy country, here is quiet. That is one of the main things I noticed,” he said.
Chukwuemeka added: “I want to remain in The Gambia and visit Sierra Leone during school holidays.”
Describing his new school, he said: “Methodist Academy is a very good school. It is different from my former school. They have good teachers.”
The 17-year-old was born in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. According to him, he remembers very little about the civil war that ended in 2002.
“I was very young then. I heard the rebels came to our house and took all our things, except my baby things,” he said laughing.
We want to wish Chukwuemeka a happy stay in The Gambia. Welcome to the Smiling Coast of Africa!