A man of the striped cloth

Bumping into the Rev.Emmanuel Benson Palmer is always a treat, because you can be guaranteed he will knock you out with his special flavour of churchy swag. On his way to a funeral (RIP good friend Sorie) our Fashpack regular opted for a jazzed up version of his standard church robe.

IMG_6145‘Today is important because we will be saying good bye to my good friend Sorie*, so I wear stripes’ says the Rev. The punk rock chain is an added extra worn typically by the Rev. while on the job.

*Sorie was buried with a ‘safe and dignified medical burial’, it’s the way all burials have taken place in Sierra Leone since the Ebola outbreak. It means that the burial team must wear full PPE and loved one’s must remain a safe distance from the body. It’s not easy for a culture that farewells their loved one’s by touching and kissing bodies. Sadly this has been one of the main causes of transmission. The tentative good news is that Sierra Leone has now gone 8 days with no Ebola cases. It’s too early to pop the Palm Wine but we all remain tentatively optimistic that this heathen little virus has finally taken the hint and is out the door. 

Morphsuits on the frontline

Mr David Fufana, is a ‘fumigation officer’ at Connaught Hospital in Freetown. His role is vital during the current Ebola outbreak, while he doesn’t technically fumigate, he does spray surface areas where there have been Ebola positive patients with harsh chemicals to kill any trace of the disease.

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Mr Fufuna’s role does not require full PPE but it does mean he has to be careful when entering medium-low risk Ebola zones, and protect himself accordingly. Enter THE MORPHSUIT.  The incredible thing about this snazzy flouro body stocking is that Mr Fufuna didn’t order it online from morphsuits.com, instead he was lucky enough to stumble upon it at the Congo ‘junks’ Market in Freetown. “I saw that suit in the pile and thought I would make good use of it in my job, I put it on, it keeps me safe and I feel like a superhero”.  Whether it does keep him safe is doubtful, I was also concerned about Mr Fufuna’s footwear, a pair of rubber boots is probably a more sensible option than velcro sandals.

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Mr Fufuna said he has never actually done his job while the suit has been completely zipped up, but it’s good to know the option is there.