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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic
Liberia’s efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak from spreading across parts of West Africa, turned violent today Wednesday 20th August 2014.

It was a violent scene when angry young men hurled rocks and stormed barbed-wire barricades trying to break out of a neighbourhood that had been cordoned off by the government.

According to New York Times, soldiers repelled the surging crowd with live rounds, driving hundreds of young men back into the neighbourhood, a slum of tens of thousands in Monrovia known as West Point.

A 15-year-old teen Shakie Kamara lay on the ground near the barricade, his right leg apparently wounded by a bullet. “Help me”, he pleaded.

The National Police’s head of operations Lieutenant Col. Abraham Kromah arrived a few minutes later.

“This is messed up,” Kromah said looking at the teenager. “They injured one of my police officers. That’s not cool. It’s a group of criminals that did this. Look at this child. God in heaven help us.”

West Point is said to be a place affected greatly by the virus, and residents believe the government’s attempt at setting up an Ebola centre at a school there, is to dump the diseased.

This morning, the residents of West Point woke up to learn their entire area was under government quarantine.

The soldiers and police blocked roads in and out of the seaside neigbourhood as many tried to leave the area.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images/John Moore

32 Comments

  1. Sho

    August 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Smh

  2. Dr. N

    August 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Just keep them out of Nigeria!

    • gold

      August 21, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Ur comment is insensitive. Ar they (Liberians) nt humans like us (Nigerians)? Let’s pray that God’s kingdom comes. That’s d only solution to mankind’s problems. GL

    • Chic

      August 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

      This is very insensitive and you call yourself a doctor. Gosh are you human??

    • Kili

      August 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Rather both of you are being sentimental.

    • brownchocolate

      August 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I hope you’re not a real doctor! Insensitive idiot!

  3. Honeymix

    August 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my God. Im weeping, really.
    Ok, in this neighborhood, there r prob people who r negative and they fear that being barricaded wit d majority of the virus carriers will def affect them. But violence shouldn’t be d case.

  4. Aibee

    August 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Hmmm. The odds really are against these people. With the whole community being quarantined and cordoned off, even those who didn’t have Ebola in the community are now at risk of getting it. Sad on so many levels.

  5. dors

    August 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Very sad. We shouldn’t forget that they are still people. The violence and stigma…i’m not entirely sure they asked to be infected by Ebola.

    • Oma

      August 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      they should at least try not to infect others..nobody asks to be infected.

  6. sisi jules

    August 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Lord have mercy

  7. KWAKWACITY

    August 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    What going on? What is this? What is this?

  8. marculey

    August 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    God please help my mum in Liberia bring her back in Gud condition pls

    • dors

      August 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Amen

    • brownchocolate

      August 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

      May God be with your mum and everyone else. May all those infected receive divine healing!

  9. Cancel Reply

    August 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    SIGH!!Africa!

  10. Theresa

    August 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    What is sad about this Ebola crisis, is the fear and selfishness that has been produced. I read a harrowing account of a 12 year old girl who was locked up in the hut where her mother had died from suspected Ebola. This child cried for many days from hunger, thirst and fear, yet the villagers refused to help her. They kept her locked up until she died. Their self-preservation/selfishness made them callous and wicked even to a child.

    I hope many of us, especially the religious ones remember that we are called to look after one another, not only when it is convenient, but even when it is not. The whole story of Christianity is built on love, for God and for others. And yes I know with ebola we should be careful, but our sense of self-preservation should not make us lose empathy and kindness to the suspected victims. They didn’t ask for the disease, it could be anyone next.

    But above all, let’s remember that life is very fragile. Air crashes, road accident, bomb blasts, ebola, malaria, heart attack, cancer, High BP, murder, ,… etc are all different ways to die and people continue to die every day. Let’s live our lives worthy so that however and whenever death comes, we will go away confident that we did our best to serve each other in love, while here on earth.

    Love is the opposite of selfishness. Remember no matter what we say, what we believe, and what we do, we are bankrupt without love. – 1 Corinthian 13:4

    • brownchocolate

      August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Finally! Someone talking like there’s blood in her veins! The callous and insensitive jokes and remarks are really pathetic! Many just open their mouth and say the first stupid thing that comes to their head. Forgetting that it could be them or a relative. Nobody asked for the disease. As much as it is contagious we should try to have some empathy toward our fellow man. Liberians did not send Patrick Sawyer here. Several people walk through our porous borders everyday unchecked. Nobody knows how many of those people have ebola. If anything the Patrick Sawyer case has triggered the awareness of the disease and caused the government to sit up to an extent.

  11. Me2me

    August 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    My advice. Stay home. It shall pass soon but roaming the streets may make it worse. Even the soldier picking up that rod may get infected from there. That is if an infected touched it while sick

    • Preston

      August 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      My thought exactly. On the soldier striking the citizens….. Insanity at its best.

  12. Do good..!!

    August 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The govt of that country should work on orientating their people.Most of the people’s reaction is based on ignorance.Where are the educated ones in this country?.They should come up with a better appriopriate measures. Na waaaoooo..!!

  13. ROBINAHOOD

    August 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    africans can be soo stupid! they are making it worse! if u have EBOLA use your sense and go to the HOSPITAL! they will give u drugs and quarantine you so u dont transmit it to others! SIMPLE

  14. Vanessa

    August 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Scary stuff. This is becoming a pandemic in Liberia. Their Dept of Health needs to educate the people about the desease. Looking at the slums, I’m just thinking how many will be infected through ignorance. This is worse than HIV.

  15. @edDREAMZ

    August 20, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    This people has totally been distabilised and only if a miracle or something more than a miracle could occur nw i swear…..
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    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  16. Wifey

    August 21, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Ebola… don’t touch your friend
    youtube.com/watch?v=1_WOR22-SnY

  17. Wifey

    August 21, 2014 at 4:44 am

    National Public Radio (npr.org) reported that the govt converted a school in that area to a makeshift hospital. But they were not treating the patients. They were only giving them food and water. Plus they folks living there suspsected the govt was using the hospital as a dumping ground … bringing in suspected ebola victims and leaving them there.

    The people of West Point will probably die of hunger since they depend on the govt for food and water.

    Govt needs to coordinate with cell phone carriers and send out text messages to everyone on how to stay safe.

    Africans, we have to do better for ourselves. Damn.

  18. Dee

    August 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I look at this images and think only one thought – more people will get infected.

    Ebola victims are people too; and the great part is that you can actually survive it. The government needs to figure out how to help them rather than just leave them to die.

  19. CrystalWhite

    August 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    It might sound a bit insensitive but what i see here and i have read so far is a case of “if am infected then am going to get others infected”
    Why in my wildest imagination will a hospital with infected ebola victims be attacked and of all things that could be carried materials that have been used by the infected victims.

  20. Omo1

    August 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Lawd have mercy! I hope this people are not cursed

  21. mimi

    August 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    all you wolves in sheep clothing attacking doctor. N. like you cared about this liberians see what one Liberian has done to our people and our country at large how do you know they are not trying to escape quarantine, or if they don’t even have the virus already ? our only prayer should be that this virus is contained and sent out of Naija, we ar not even safe anymore, just because of one person that escaped quarantine. forgive my typing errors no time to proof read said my mind.

  22. mimi

    August 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Mercy is all we need from the lord, Nigeria, Liberia and every other affected country .

  23. som som

    August 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I call for EBL Bucket Challenge (Ebola BUcket Challenge).

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