By: Deegan Mundy
We can all picture the end of humanity in our heads.
Whether it be a natural disaster, an illness or an alien invasion: it has been directed, it has been produced and we’ve seen it in theaters. Growing more common in this apocalypse genre are those films and series in which the human race is slowly exterminated by an invisible enemy: disease. The Walking Dead. I am Legend. Contagion.
So what would the title of a film about Ebola be?
Liberia. Nigeria. Sierra Leone. It is spreading, and the world has decided to fight back. So what does all of this mean for the world? For the United States? For Georgia? For Athens?
For the world this means nations coming together to send aid to Western Africa and maintaining loose borders. On Sept. 17, 2014, the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced a plan to set up on-the-ground mission to combat the fight against the contagion.
For the U.S. more definite plans have already been made. President Obama announced on Sept. 16 that the U.S. would send medicine, equipment and 3,000 military personnel to the region.
For Georgia, it means all eyes on us. At the center of it all lies Atlanta’s very own Center of Disease Control and Prevention, where President Obama gave a speech on Sept. 16 explaining that this was the “largest international response in the history of the CDC.”
What about for us in Athens? It may be that we go about our days as usual, hopping on and off the Orbit bus, but maintaining awareness is crucial to understanding a new kind of war that is in it’s earliest stages in the world around us. It is still our world, even if it does seem to be a world away.