MATTHEWS, N.C. — A photographer with a NC nonprofit traveled to the Ebola hot zone to bring back images showing the impact of the deadly disease in West Africa, according to WSOC.
“Everybody feels you’re going to die, so people don’t come around,” said Barbara Onoh, a nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola. Luckily, she survived.
Onoh is featured in the documentary called “Ebola: There is Hope.”
When SIM volunteer Nancy Writebol was returning to the United States to receive treatment for Ebola, SIM reached out to the nonprofit group Silent Images in Matthews, N.C.
They asked them to fly to Liberia and tell the stories of Ebola patients.
Holly Gernatt, who works for Silent Images, says she heard the voice of God telling them to go. The photographer had the same feeling.
For his protection, Silent Images has not released the photographer’s name.
The photographer described, via email, what it was like walking through an Ebola unit and seeing people suffering and dying around him.
The images he shot are portrayed in the documentary, which he hopes moves people to help.
“It’s really people. People are hurting. People are dying,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA.
That photographer never contracted the Ebola virus. He is healthy and back in the United States.