EDITORIAL: There is hope, after all, to defeat the virus

This week marked the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks that changed the world order forever. The possibility that mankind had mastered the power to self-distract was scaring.

30 years later, the Cameroonian football team reached the Quarter Finals in the Fifa World Cup held in Italy giving African football a new lease of life. It gave hope.


Every now and then something happens to show that human life hangs on a string which can support just a certain amount of weight.


Right now the greatest threat is Covid-19. Whether it will remain a threat or not, there is some signs of hope depends on individual behaviour. But as the saying goes; “If you want to walk fast walk alone. If you want to walk far walk together”.


This week Rwanda recorded single-digit daily infections of the Coronavirus three days in a row and 89 recoveries. Elsewhere in Africa, total infections passed the 100th mark and the US recorded its 160,000th death with no signs of letting up.

It is a grim reminder that the virus is not about to go anywhere soon and only concerted efforts can make a dent in its shell. In Rwanda’s case, it gives hope that the virus could be defeated, after all, but sacrifices will we needed.

It will take time, patience and like in the case if the Cameroonian 1990 World Cup team. They are finally going to receive their houses that President Paul Biya promised them after their epic performance 30 years ago.


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