Westmeath star Boidu Sayeh worried about family living in Liberia during pandemic

A lot of Boidu Sayeh’s life is ruled by uncertainty nowadays.

He’s simply accomplished his diploma in sport and recreation administration in Waterford IT, sitting his remaining exams remotely final week, although with the health club he works at in Athlone closed till August, like all others, and that trade set to be very a lot restricted as soon as it reopens, his employment prospects aren’t as affluent as he would really like.

With soccer and Westmeath, there’s not as a lot ambiguity concerning the probability of it resuming this yr on the again of GAA president John Horan’s look on The Sunday Recreation earlier this month, although it’s nonetheless up within the air nonetheless.

However that every one pales in significance when positioned alongside the predicament of his household again in Liberia.

Sayeh has lived in Eire since 2004, his uncle Ben and his spouse Therese, a local of Rosemount, having adopted him and moved to Westmeath.

In Liberia, 83% of the inhabitants dwell beneath the worldwide poverty line. Ben, who’s working again there presently, is within the minority that fall on the proper aspect of that line. Sayeh’s siblings aren’t so lucky.

“He’s been working there for years and along with his firm, they’ve him in isolation however then I’ve different sisters and brothers over there and so they’re not in the identical place as Ben,” Sayeh explains.

Westmeath footballer Boidu Sayeh coaching at his house

“They’re in so much poorer situations and so they’re making an attempt to take care of themselves nevertheless it’s so much more durable for them as a result of all of them make their revenue from going out and promoting meals and being out in public and in the intervening time, nothing’s taking place.

“It’s not like right here the place all of us get the federal government grant if we’re not working. Over there they’re getting nothing. They simply have to determine a distinct approach of surviving actually.

“I’m in touch with most of my sisters and brothers over Fb and I can name them and FaceTime them at any time when so it’s not too unhealthy, and the identical with Ben.

“In the intervening time they’re all making an attempt to maintain secure nevertheless it’s so much more durable over there now than it’s right here.”

There are solely a few hundred confirmed COVID-19 instances in Liberia however these numbers aren’t a lot of a information, as Sayeh outlines.

“He (Ben) was saying the folks aren’t actually taking it 100% critical. It’s laborious for the well being service to get numbers on who has it or who doesn’t.

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“It’s spreading however they don’t actually have management on the numbers over there in any respect so nobody actually is aware of if it’s affecting the place an excessive amount of.

“He was simply saying the one people who find themselves actually getting handled are the people who find themselves entering into and having the signs however they’re type of dropping management somewhat bit over there.

“It’s such a poor, poor nation. The folks aren’t conscious that it is advisable to hold secure. It is advisable sacrifice a number of issues however they don’t actually know that in order that’s undoubtedly laborious. I’m simply making an attempt to maintain in touch with them anyway and ensuring everybody’s alright.”

The situations during which his brothers and sisters dwell are fertile breeding grounds for coronavirus.

Westmeath’s Boidu Sayeh

“They’re all dwelling in shanty cities, mainly. They’re dwelling in these little cities the place everybody’s on prime of one another and nobody has room or house.

“There’s in all probability 4 or 5 folks dwelling in these little huts. They’re all packed in collectively so that they’re 100% extra susceptible.

“It could unfold so shortly, Jesus.”

He needs to be cautious right here too. His mom works for the HSE in Athlone and, although not on the frontline, she should tread fastidiously.

This week, Sayeh noticed with curiosity the feedback of Watford striker Troy Deeney, who has refused to return to coaching with the membership amid fears for his 5 month outdated little one who has respiration difficulties.

Furthermore, when Deeney raised questions on knowledge suggesting that Black, Asian or Blended Ethnicities (BAME) are 4 instances extra more likely to die from the virus, he didn’t obtain what he felt have been passable solutions.

Certainly, info from the UK Workplace for Nationwide Statistics factors to a larger danger of loss of life for the BAME group even when components resembling deprivation and underlying well being situations are eliminated.

Sayeh admits he was among the many 22% that, in a latest CPA survey, stated they wouldn’t be ready to return to coaching with no vaccine being discovered.

“If the GAA have been making an attempt to danger coming again and it wasn’t secure to take action I don’t suppose I might need to come again.

“If I wasn’t allowed to go get a haircut however I used to be allowed go play ball with all these random folks, I feel it could be somewhat bit regarding as effectively,” he says, a nod to Deeney’s feedback.

“Even when we’re all getting examined or no matter, it’s nonetheless an newbie sport so lads are nonetheless working, there’s lads nonetheless working in hospitals, there’s lads nonetheless working wherever.

“They’ll nonetheless have to return to their jobs or no matter and nonetheless come again and play and practice so it simply 100% wouldn’t work.

Westmeath footballer Boidu Sayeh

“I didn’t actually find out about the entire ethnic race factor, that that occurs, so I’ve bought to be a bit extra cautious now.

“My mom right here, Therese, continues to be working. She’s working within the well being service so she’s nonetheless flat out working and I’ve to maintain secure for her as effectively to go out and in.”

In a non-COVID world, Sayeh can be getting ready to play in opposition to Dublin within the Leinster Championship this weekend, the champions’ first task of their six-in-a-row quest.

For now, the potential for taking part in that recreation subsequent October stays, albeit a faint one, and the 24-year-old believes {that a} line ought to simply be drawn below the 2020 season altogether.

“Ah, it’s fairly distant on the horizon now for me, to be trustworthy. Like I can’t actually see something taking place.

“The whole lot’s been eased off slowly and it’s so much slower than I feel anybody anticipated as effectively so I can’t see it even being again in October. I might like to see it taking place however I simply can’t.

“For the protection of everybody I feel they need to in all probability simply scratch it, simply go away it off.

“I might like to see the membership coming again first if something was to return again, simply let the golf equipment off with it, no matter, there’s clearly much less crowds, it’s not going to be as hectic however no, if I may select, I’d simply relatively it’s scratched and begin it once more.”

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