wanderlustories Oh, African sunsets, how I've missed you. This is the view from my house right now. #IsraAID 3d

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wanderlustories #WHPmyoasis is this country, Sierra Leone and the beautiful people who live in it, like Emma. Keep on dancing you strong, special girl. 4d

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wanderlustories Today we visited with children at an orphanage in Waterloo. Here, an orphan is considered any child who has lost at least one parent. They are usually taken in and cared for by relatives. Their parents have died due to a number of reasons including the Civil War that ended in 2001 and the recent Ebola Outbreak, amongst others. We did art projects, sang and danced until our faces hurt from smiling. Here, a young boy works on his art project. #IsraAID 6d

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wanderlustories It has been four days since the last Ebola patient was released from an emergency care unit here in Sierra Leone. Since the outbreak began, The government has implemented temperature checkpoints across the country to contain the spread of the disease. While traveling outside of the city yesterday, we were stopped at about 10 of these stations. At some, they just take your temperature and watch us douse our hands in sanitizer; at others, we were asked to exit our vehicle and wash our hands with soap and water in front of an official before having our temperatures taken at tent filled with men and women in military uniform and these shirts, which say "Le We Tap Ebola," which translates to: Let Us Stop Ebola. 1w

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wanderlustories A burial worker sits amongst graves in the children's section of a cemetery in Waterloo, Sierra Leone.

Opened in September 2014, the cemetery has almost 9,000 graves. At the height of the outbreak there were about 60 burials a day with roughly 40 of those being children. It's very important to note that there was no way to differentiate causes of death so there are no statistics regarding how many of the graves belong to Ebola victims and how many are victims of other causes.

When the Ebola outbreak began last year, the government banned family-organized ritual burial and hired burial teams to gather the bodies of Ebola victims and bury them in cemeteries. The financial incentives for these workers are worth the risks for many: $400 a month rather than the average salary of $100. Other than the risk of contracting Ebola, there are other dangers for these team members; The government must also provide security for men and women who are under threat of being attacked by family members of the dead who wanted to conduct the burials themselves.

Moreover, as with many frontline Ebola workers, there is a major stigma against Ebola burial teams: when the disease first started spreading, many were socially ignored and denied food and water in stores. Today, as the last patient has been released from an Emergency Care Unit, the stigma persists and the burial teams are starting to come to terms with the immense trauma they have experienced. That's why IsraAid is working with some of the first social workers ever trained in Sierra Leone (the inaugural class is finishing their last year) to conduct psychosocial services to help them cope.

Incredibly, not one member of a burial team in Freetown has contracted Ebola.

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wanderlustories Beautiful Solomon in Freetown, Sierra Leone. #IsraAid #Freetown #SierraLeone 1w

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wanderlustories Last night I landed in Sierra Leone. Coincidentally, yesterday the last Ebola patient was released from an emergency care unit. Today the country begins a 42-day countdown, at the end of which - if there are no new Ebola cases - Sierra Leone will be declared Ebola-free.
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I am here with an incredible NGO called IsraAid. Last fall, IsraAid launched its Psycho-Social Support (PSS) training program to help Ebola victims and their families in West Africa. I will be here for 10 days documenting their work and the people whose lives they are changing. I hope you'll follow along and learn more about this beautiful and resilient country.

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wanderlustories A Captain and His Ship: Christophe Saeys // #BrugesBallooning
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wanderlustories Oh, just your normal, everyday, run of the mill hot air balloon ride over one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 2w

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wanderlustories And that's how Gaby Clingman died.

No, I'm totally kidding. But she did get hurt. Some girls say they saw her head go all the way around. But that's just a rumor.
#Belgium #ICouldntEvenFinishIt #Ashamed #DontJudgeMe #ImGoingtoVomitNow
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wanderlustories About to embark on a new adventure!! Stay tuned for details.
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wanderlustories My best friend is the most beautiful bride on Earth. #vivalaskafers 3w

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wanderlustories You glow, girl. 3w

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wanderlustories That time my best friends got married. Amazing to be witness to all 11 years of their relationship and incredible to be there for their first dance last night. #kolatchthebox #itsaboutdamntime 1mon

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wanderlustories One day I'll have an orchard. Mark my words. 1mon

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wanderlustories "Fast days are the worst days, wanna sip champagne 'cause I'm thirsty." - If Biggie was a Jewish rapper fasting on today's holiday. #pleasesendmeasandwich #sohungry 1mon

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wanderlustories #TBT to that time I could've stared at this baby elephant forever. #MasaiMara #Kenya #wanderlustories 1mon

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wanderlustories Tuna Melt Heaven. 2mon

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Normal Gaby Clingman
wanderlustories Instagram, meet Atka. Atka is a wolf ambassador at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. I met him in January and instantly fell in love--I mean look at him . //
Every 10 years all states update their State Wildlife Action Plans for species of greatest conservation need. These updates ensure each state will receive critical federal funding to support species recovery.
IF YOU'RE A RESIDENT OF NY, please tell the NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation that our state’s Wildlife Action Plan should include wolves as it did in its 2005 plan. Our state has viable habitat for the natural re-establishment of these creatures and they are critical to the restoration of NY’s ecological integrity.

Today is the last day NYDEC is accepting comments. GO TO THE LINK IN MY PROFILE to send a (pre-written) email today.
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