Behind the Eclipse

The African Book Review

Behind the Eclipse: The Unheard from the West African Ebola Crisis . . . by  Pramudith D. Rupasinghe

Sir, you know, when I was small, I met with a situation which was pretty similar to this. In the neighbouring village, where my grandfather`s brother was the chief, almost everyone died with a very highly contagious disease that we used to call Bush-curse. Then my father, who had gone to support the traditional healer had contracted the disease, and my village was seriously affected. I do still remember my father leaving with the healer to Guinea. Then he had returned to Liberia as the disease spread across the border. For me, it is just the history that repeats.’ (…) ‘You know, we have scientific evidence from a limited number of countries only since 1976, but it does not mean that it had not occurred anywhere else, since all favourable conditions for such virus to spread are here in the West Africa; therefore I can`t disregard your childhood…

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Interview with Pramudith D. Rupasinghe, the author of Behind the Eclipse

The African Book Review

Behind the Eclipse: The Unheard from the West African Ebola Crisis . . . by  Pramudith D. Rupasinghe

The African Book Review : What drew you to writing about Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia ?

Pramudith D. Rupasinghe :”I worked as a humanitarian diplomat in that area and explored a lot of West Africa, and stayed there for five years. I don’t write about something if I didn’t live in the country in question. (…) I did the same thing when I was writing Bayan and Footprints inObscurity [his first book]. I had always dreamt of going to Africa because I also wanted to explore and draw my own conclusions. I did a road trip in 29 countries. Being there allowed me to explore a lot of the continent ; the cultures, the people, the landscapes, the history – it’s offering so much to the world ! It’s so far from the stereotype.”

TABR : What does Africa, and West Africa in particular, mean to you ?

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Bayan

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Book Title: Bayan
Author: Dr Pramidith D Rupsinghe
Format: Kindle

My Thoughts
It is with a happy heart and thoughtful mind I congratulate and thank the author for penning down this book. There are many times my father, a 65-year-old man, comments about the cultural, climatical, political and lifestyle changes that have been continuously changing according to the times. Sometimes the murmur irritates and sometimes makes me think as on why he does this. It took time for me to understand the psychological aspect of it. I felt a similar blow when my 7-year-old niece tried correcting me of something which I had a strong opinion on. Though this may not suit precisely the point, I am trying to explain, but the continuous changes that happen throughout often put down the framework one has created in his own mind. It is only when with a flexible and…

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