Detroit Today

Local Leader Shares Personal Story of Ebola Loss

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Local pastor Rev. Charles Boayue of Second Grace United Methodist Church in Detroit recently lost his uncle, his cousin, and his cousin's wife to Ebola in Liberia. And other family members in Africa are sick with the virus. Rev. Boayue shares his personal story of a tragedy still unfolding in parts of West Africa. Rev. Boayue, a native of Liberia, speaks with host Bankole Thompson.

Boayue tells Thompson life and culture must fundamentally change in parts of Africa to protect future generations.

"Most people in Liberia live in communal extended families, closely knit," says Boayue. "They are eating for generations out of the same bowls, and Ebola is such that none of that can be done anymore."