United Nations, New York - Liberian Defense minister, Brownie J. Samukai, has thanked Royal Air Morocco (RAM) for maintaining its flights to Ebola-stricken Liberia.
United Nations, New York – Liberian Defense minister, Brownie J. Samukai, has thanked Royal Air Morocco (RAM) for maintaining its flights to Ebola-stricken Liberia.
“Today, only two international airlines, SN Brussels and Royal Air Morocco, have maintained their flights to and from Liberia,” the minister told the UN Security Council.
The minister underlined that the “suspension of flights (to his country) accentuated the challenges in the country and exacerbated the constraints in shipping humanitarian aid,” adding that Liberia “is facing a serious threat to its national existence.”
The disease is “now spreading like wildfire, devouring everything in its path,” he said.
The hardest-hit country is bracing for more catastrophe with an expected upsurge in cases that have already left upwards of 1200 dead – more than half of the 2288 killed by the disease in West Africa.
Royal Air Maroc had decided to maintain its flights to all countries affected by the epidemic of Ebola: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in a “in a gesture of responsible solidarity.”
In a statement, the company said that the decision to keep these flights reflects the membership of a continental community solidarity in happy times but in difficult circumstances too.
The continuation of these flights is made after taking a series of measures (not clarified in the statement) “to ensure the safety of its staff and passengers that have to travel to the risk zone.”
The company, in its press release, praises “the sense of responsibility, commitment and professionalism with which the crews and staff ground face these challenges with dedication and selflessness.”