A beauty blogger created a new website to spread the word about the recent Ebola crisis, using her own experiences and the hashtag #makeupwithemilio.
“Ebola has made me feel alone and I can’t go back to my old life,” said Emilio, the pseudonym of her husband and father of two.
“I don’t know what to do now.”
Emilio, a makeup blogger, is one of thousands of women and girls affected by Ebola who are using social media to spread their messages of compassion, help others and help others cope.
But her site is an odd one: instead of offering simple tutorials, it contains a wealth of information, ranging from what makeup looks like to how to wear it, and even how to deal with the spread of Ebola in Africa.
“I’ve tried to take my personal experience and give it some perspective and put it into a website,” Emilio told The Verge.
“This is my story, my story as an Ebola survivor.”
The site, MakeupwithEmilios, has already been viewed more than a million times, and it has been shared more than 4,000 times.
It has been downloaded more than 2.7 million times.
The site was inspired by Emilio’s experience of having to hide in the bathroom with her three daughters.
“My daughters were crying because they were afraid to come out and see me,” she said.
“When they came out, I was alone, and my children had no idea who I was.”
Emilio told us her daughter would stay in her room all day, only coming out to visit her friends, but she had to hide for days, even months, with her children.
“The other girls didn’t know where I was,” she recalled.
“It was like a nightmare.
I could not do anything for them.”
The girls had to watch from a distance and do their homework, and they would only see her once a day.
“We were not supposed to leave the house until I left,” she explained.
“They were like, ‘Emil, we need you to come home.’
I didn’t want to leave.”
Emilido has decided to keep her story personal.
She decided to create a website that shares personal experiences, but it also serves as a platform to offer support and help for those who are affected by the virus.
Her website also includes a message for people to share their own stories.
“When you’re alone, it feels like you’re not part of society,” Emilios told The New York Times.
“So when you’re isolated, it’s like you don’t have any social support or you feel alone.”
Emiliio decided to use her own story to offer her readers a glimpse into what it’s really like to be a parent in Ebola-ravaged West Africa.
The hashtag #MakeupwithEbolisemilioroes an opportunity for people in the Ebola-affected communities to share personal experiences and share stories about their own lives.
Her story is just one example of how many women are taking to social media in the hopes of sharing their own story.
Her site includes advice for people who are dealing with the virus, as well as advice for anyone who may have experienced it.
“You can’t make a difference without someone to step up and help you out,” she told The Times.
“If someone is suffering, they’re hurting and they need your help.
You can’t just be a bystander.”
Her message of hope, comfort and support is backed up by her own personal experience.
Emilios has spent her entire adult life in Sierra Leone, and she’s never been to Liberia.
She is not afraid to tell her story, but this is her first time sharing her story publicly.
“It’s important to have empathy for people,” she stated on the MakeupWithEmilia website.
“And when people feel like they’re being hurt, they have to step forward and say something.
People are the biggest thing.”
Emilia is now living in the U.S. and plans to visit Liberia in a week to see if her family can be helped.
“There’s been so much loss and devastation, but I want to make sure that my kids are not alone,” she continued.
“Hopefully, I can help them.”