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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola EpidemicThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than a 1,000 people. Every day, at least one person dies.

In Monvoria, Liberia, where the outbreak is extremely severe, a photographer John Moore risked getting the virus by heading down there to take images of the sad state of the nation.

The United Nations has also revealed that it will send food to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as the outbreak has collapsed the economies. They will bring in the food items with their own aircraft to each of the countries.

It is expected to feed 1 million.

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82 Comments

  1. Bvl

    August 16, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Lord pls have mercy on your children… I beg you.. Amen

    • Wale

      August 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      This is my suggestion to the Nigerian Government. Please hear me out. What I am about ti write is unconventional and drastic but I think it will help us re-define the baseline of this outbreak and allow the government to regroup, find its footing and fortify its strategy.
      We would need the cooperation of all Nigerians and the International community to assist in accomplishing the object.
      1-the govt. should give a two weeks notice to the world(so people can wrap up businesses, travels plans and stock up on food medicines and other neccesities). Then the govt. should shut down and completely lockdown the country for one week. By this I mean all borders should be closed, there will be a 24 hour curfew for one whole week and the whole country will be militarized to enforce this- exceptions will be given only to the sick being ferried to hospitals and emergency officials. Anyone outside during this period will be arrested. For the homeless, there will be housed in schools and they will have basic sleeping materials and food, security. They will have to stay within the school compounds.
      2-During this one week period the govt will be able to determine who is sick and might have gotten Ebola and weed them out. The govt will by shutting the borders prevent people coming into the country and also leaving the country( added benefit if everyone is inside, I think they will be able to identify BH better in the northern eastern parts of the country since they will be the ones defying orders and it will be easy for clones to fire on them). Anyway, when family suspect some might be sick they will call their local Ebola respond centers and book a pickup.
      3. This stay home period would be completely commerce free; it would allow people to reflect on the disease and discuss amongst themselves their plan of action and because they would be deluged on all media in all languages and about the disease and how to prevent it, it would also be an informative period for the entire population. People who weren’t bothered about the disease before or where just not aware of it would now be forced to realize its seriousness. There is no better way to create awareness than a skeptics that step outside to am empty street or city. Part of the public awareness campaign would involve the govt compelling everyone to have a clean zone(disinfection) at the entrance of there house or compound. That would be the first place everyone one would go to wash off in chlorine/water mix before entrying.
      4-the hope is that by the time the one week is over everyone would know the signs and symptoms of Ebola, how to prevent it and what to do once they think they’ve been infected. It would also have allowed the govt to contain the disease by tallying the infected people, remove them from the general public, prevented other people from entrying the country, restored some faith in the country, its economy and given the govt sometime to put in place even stringent measures to prevent new Ebola imports; build better and well equipped quarantine facilities, train more Ebola specialists and put in place Ebola response systems based on local government fault lines.
      It will also allow the govt to distribute for free to every one (all 150M) prior to start of exercise a box of gloves, and masks-to give them a head start. Then they can purchase as time goes on.
      5-I know this might sound extreme to some but extreme measures are needed in an untested situation when one of the most populated mega cities in the world which happens to be the largest city in the continents largest economy,is dealing with a major and perhaps deadliest disease known to mankind. If you can think of any other disease that infects today and kills in one to three weeks and has no cure-because I can’t. What worries us all is not even the disease-it is our governments capacity to curb it and protect its citizens. We are justified to think this way because the government has so far demonstrated to us how it protect its citizens with human monsters like BH(which by the way can talk and communicate). How do we then expect them to protect us from a disease that has no cure and ability for human negotiation.
      The elections are coming-I ask again? What plans are in place against campaign rallies becoming Ebola exchange zones?
      I do not trust this government and I am not 100% sure they are forthcoming about the real extent of this outbreak and their true projections of it in the coming months. If after two months of no new cases, then we should all have a collective sigh of relief and hope they have ways of preventing further imports.

      But if at the end of September more cases are still springing up then, we are really in trouble. I know people allude to the plagues of centuries past etc…that they only killed some millions and fizzled out. Yes! That was before we had planes and cars and teeming mega cities with all sorts of shared technologies and vehicles etc. if Ebola continues to spread to other international cities THEY WILL CUT Nigeria out, big economy of not. Why? Because they have citizens that will demand it and governments that listens to it citizenry.
      I laugh when I hear people call on God. True religion is very important, ‘cos we need extra spiritual intervention to help Africans afflicted with this disease and that are dying quickly like ants. But we ought to wonder, that Nigeria probably the most religious country in the world continues to record some of the worse atrocities and scourge known to man. That just make us really wonder about these prophets, imams and juju priests and perhaps put some of the billionaire ones with extra ordinary powers to the test and so we can demystify them.
      If Jonathan truely wants to be reelected then the way he handles this ebola challenge should be how we test his suitability for the position the third time.

    • tola

      August 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      exactly mr wale

    • chi-e-z

      August 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Wales this your paranoia ehn….. It’s still only 1000/244,679,000 = 4% of total populations of 4 different countries with nigeria at less than 0.5% infected. So as long containment remains it can be easily dealt with in Nigeria.

    • Ken

      August 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Malaria, typhoid and lassa fever will kill ten times more people this year than ebola, you have to also remember that Nigeria is also battling Cholera, which is equally deadly, what do you have to say about that?

    • Tiki

      August 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Ebola gestation period can reach 21 days. 1 week is not enough.

      Do you suggest a 21-day lockdown then?

    • John

      August 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      This is an interesting one….I must commend the thought process. The only issue is that the menace is still not serious enough to shut down the country. Secondly, the poverty level is so high that you will create a much bigger problem when trying to solve a minor outbreak…such as starvation. Your suggestion can be refined to accommodate such senerior

  2. Okechukwu Ofili

    August 16, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Wow…this is disheartening. We just have to do more as a continent. This is not a way to die. we can’t let this happen again.

    • jinkelele

      August 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

      My thoughts to, Lord there must be something I can do.

    • okpewuru kanu

      August 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      God help us take away this ebola dieseas from the world.

    • Ginika

      August 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      What is even more disheartening is the living conditions. Then the ‘white’ man laughs and mocks us for being fools, not seeing us as humans. We need to rise from this slum mentality, stop blaming the devil and use the authority + brain God has given us.

    • Justme

      August 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      This is why black people should learn to help themselves. Western co operations don’t want to invest in finding a cure and the African leaders have never well invested in the children of tomorrow. What is the difference?? Nigeria is one country full of richness! How greed has abandoned the majority…and the majority feel “powerless” with what is rightfully theirs. Now Ebola has landed everyone is looking for the West to help them …the next white man does not care! I’m glad the government can see that Ebola does not discriminate either rich or poor anyone can get it. It’s about time Nigerians do something about the well being of the country’s future.

  3. roots

    August 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    jesus christ..Lord please take control.

  4. sady

    August 16, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Father please forgive us our sin and have mercy.

  5. bobo

    August 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

    God have mercy on us…

  6. Monisola

    August 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Heartbreaking!
    These pictures speak thousand words.
    May God help us all.

  7. chy

    August 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Ewo! Am speechless, this disease is sucking life out of this ppl. omg d level of pain and agony is gut wrenching. Pls God come to their rescue and pls don’t let ours escalate to ds level .

  8. Do good..!!

    August 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Scary…….wonder why the govt of that country allowed things to get so bad?

  9. bruno

    August 16, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I can see someone reading a bible, that’s the beginning of your failure, wash ur hands thoroughly, avoid/ minimise contact with people, and dear nigerians stop touching someone unnecessarily, pls stop it, many of u like to touch strangers, pls stop.

    • Margaret Anthony

      August 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

      who are you, may God have mercy on you!!! you are so wrong to say” it is the beginning of his failure by reading Bible”. If you believe that washing of hands and minimizing of contacts can save you… WHAT about the ALPHA and OMEGA GOD ALMIGHTY. the BIBLE IS is the way and the CURE, No matter how long you live on this World, You must Die some day and face with The make of the World and HE that Has the Words in the BIBLE. If He call and believe in God faith is the answer. the BIBLE will definitely heal Him. THE WORD WHICH THE LORD SPEAKS, THEY ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE……. Isaiah 55:11 HE WATCH OVER THEM TO PERFORM THEM. My dear, you need JESUS . repent for he come speedily. and stop discouraging people. 2 King 2:21, psalm 91:10, Jeremiah 33:6. D you think the Bible is a joke? may be u have not tested the power of God.

    • salauolaberryshittabey

      August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      The fear of God is the beginnig of wisdom,having faith in God made your thoughts work for you,positively or negatively,your choice is backed up by the spirit on guide to your thought, GOD or devil,as many as are calling upon him (GOD) shall not be put to shame.

    • Burrito_Stavebank

      August 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Hmmnnnn…Bruno! Bruno!Bruno!…How many times did I call you?…..This ignorance that you’re shearing……..dairis God O!

    • Idomagirl

      August 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

      So because he is reading his bible you automatically concluded that he wasn’t taking other precautions? This your rabid hate for religion has made you irrational.

    • sooodelightful

      August 17, 2014 at 3:29 am

      hv been seeing ur comments. We think so alike 🙂 my exact sentiments.

  10. pearly cherub

    August 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Can’t hold back my tears

  11. del

    August 16, 2014 at 7:38 am

    How will de spread stop I can see a lot of folks caring for sick people witout protection.

    • jinkelele

      August 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Some whole villages already have it so the not so sick take care of the critically ill.
      They are really helpless, few health workers against a virus that seems like a plaque

    • Burrito_Stavebank

      August 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I get your point, however, you do have to remember that the country is still recovering from years of civil war…..the outbreak has stretched the country’s limited resources…The people are left with no option but to care for their loved ones any way they can. Also,financial constraints means some are unable to buy necessary protective materials on their own.

  12. Mrs. Nwaokoye

    August 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Oh!! Dis is so heartbreaking, my heart goes out to all affected. I felt dare pain thru dis pictures, its rili painful to lose a loved one nt to talk of a tin of matter of days.

  13. yejide

    August 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Couldn’t hold back my tears too, those pictures are heart breaking. A country thrown into sorrow and confusion. The lord be with them and heal them. I hope we as a pple and the Nigerian govt wld be able to keep this frm becoming an epidemic here.

  14. Rayz

    August 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Lord have mercy….. Amen

  15. NennyD

    August 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    God please come to our aid. Do no allow your people to perish.

  16. Vic

    August 16, 2014 at 8:39 am

    These pictures touches the soul.lord have mercy.

  17. Missssmisty

    August 16, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Father…… Please take control….. Please Lord. Please……

  18. African Barbie

    August 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Heartbroken mehn. How did we get here? Have mercy Oh Lord

  19. chi-chi

    August 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow.. Jesus please save us.

  20. Noble (http://www.lagosconvo.com)

    August 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    WOw! This is pathetic. Why are we not able to see the interior of the isolation centre in Yaba. Families of the victims are crying, saying the centre is in deplorable condition. Government in its usual manner has debunked the allegation. Pictures they say speak more than words. How are our people who have come down with the disease faring? Any pictures? Even the pictures of Nigerian health workers in their protective gear are scarce. Lord have mercy!

  21. Deedara

    August 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    So heartbreaking!!

  22. Lerato

    August 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

    very sad seeing this. God please save tthem

  23. mr gbenga

    August 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Oh God have mercy on us !!!with the picture am seeing is too bad for the government of this nation to allow this to get up to this….father forgive us for all our sin….

  24. PJ

    August 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Apart from God’s mercy, healing and intervention. I bet all they will be wishing for is death should quickly take them away because isolation is worst than anything. My prayer is for God to speedily intervene. Horrible sight! 🙁

  25. sola

    August 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Allah pls heal d world,this is disheartening I can’t imaging the psychological trauma these pple are goin tru

  26. Madikyzela Makumbo

    August 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What is it? where have we failed Dear God…pls remove this cap from your people…the childred have mercy dear God. AMEN

  27. Just me

    August 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh Lord hear are our prayers and Let our cries come unto thee.

  28. Oyindamola

    August 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This is so teary. Oh Lord have mercy on yhur creations.. I believe its a test of time, West Africa will scale through it.

  29. KWAKWACITY

    August 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Oh God No! Why Can’t African leaders do something to help and better the living conditions of their people? How can someone live in a place like that? My God! This is sad! I hate AFRICA! Oh My God! This is Sad!

  30. Margaret Anthony

    August 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I PRAY THEE O LORD TO SHOW MERCY, THAT YOU LET DAYS OF AFFLICTION BE SHORTEN. AND SAVE YOUR PEOPLE AS YOU PROMISE.

  31. uba

    August 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Very painful OH GOD save your people

  32. Kia

    August 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    These pictures are absolutely heartbreaking.

  33. Mrs. O

    August 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Truly heartbreaking! You can see the helplessness on their faces. Seems almost like the situation is a hopeless one. God help them. God help us all!

  34. Chike

    August 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Please why did the health workers allow that woman hold the dead man’s hand like that? I believe she now has the virus too jeez!!!

  35. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Oh my God. Oh my God. You can’t see this and not have a heart for what is happening to these people. God, Africa? Why? Why?? Look at the children. Look at the photos of the ones bring herded into quarantine. Look at the families who’re left to care for their sick on their own.

    I believe other West African countries should also send aid. We could have helped ourselves contain this crises before it got this dire but it’s not too late to try and alleviate the needless suffering.

  36. ayodele

    August 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This is heart breaking! God have mercy on us

  37. dups

    August 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    We look to you oh Lord, have mercy on us…because of the death and resurrection of Jesus
    This is becoming something else

  38. Joeie

    August 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Father, you are a God in heaven and on earth. All power belong to you. You are life! I ask in Jesus name that you breathe over Africa and restore us. You are the God that strikes and heals! My God and King, I ask for your mercy which is stored in the blood of Jesus to cleanse and heal Africa of Ebola disease. Your mercy I plead oh! Lord! With you there is compassion. With you there is love and healing! You are our creator! Will thou forsake us forever! You are mercy! Please forgive us our atrocities and cleanse our land. We depend on you Lord because there is nothing impossible with you. Heal us and take all the glory in Jesus precious name, amen!

  39. gloria

    August 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Lord have mercy please Lord Jesus save your children. I speak healing into the affected persons life in Jesus name Amen.

  40. Mayowa

    August 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This is scary oooooo. We all need God’s kingdom to solve this several problems. I feel pity for them.

  41. Junny

    August 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I cried!! This is so sad

  42. From Cambridgeshire

    August 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    So sad….I’m speechless…..

  43. kuks

    August 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    this got me tearing up. God have mercy and save your continent. We need You always

  44. adesuwa

    August 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    lord help ur children in Nigeria,,,,

  45. Flames

    August 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I have tried 2 imagine hw dey would b living bt my imagination was nt up 2 dis. Father God pls have mercy n heal our land. In Jesus name. Amen

  46. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    August 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    SO SO HEARTBREAKING. LORD THANK YOU FOR A MIRACLE TO CURE THESE PEOPLE IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS AND THANK YOU FOR HEALING OUR BROKEN HEARTS. AMEN!

  47. clementine

    August 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    This is not Naija’s position.Healthcare might not be great but so far we are doing the right things.Prevention, Prevention,Awareness,Education and more Prevention.Then Nanosilver. I am amazed our casualty is only four.So I believe something is being done.More can still be done.My question is why are Bats/Monkeys that the people in Guinea,Liberia and Sierra Leone had eaten for zillion years suddenly make them have Ebola?Since Naija no day chop all the above named animal as much na SAWYER come infect us.Fear in itself can Kill..We need to rise above all these new development and with new knowledge acquired find a way to help one another and the Country at large.Government or no Government do your own part.Report Ebola cases if na relation or no be relation.Go check history great people remain great when they banish fear and rise up to the occasion.I love WEST AFRICA Ebola or not. Proud Daughter of the soil.

  48. paty omini

    August 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Lord, pls have mercy on Africa, pls Lord

  49. Zulu Girl for life

    August 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This is sooo heart renching yoh soooo sad …Lord Have Mercy

  50. Hposh

    August 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    My question now is, are schools going to resume, considering this health threat?

  51. kenora

    August 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    am speechless ..

  52. Idomagirl

    August 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

    When will Africa stop being synonymous with poverty and hopelessness?

  53. temibalo

    August 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

    God have your way.. Please have mercy on us

  54. Hannah

    August 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    God see us through. Tragic!

  55. blessing opara

    August 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Wale`s & Hitler’s mind are identical! Solution is not patient elimination nor the Shutting down of d environment but systematic, professional and humane identification, isolation, diagnosis ,boosting immunity with anti-viral supplements • Many are recovering• Haleluyah• They should be studied•Like Malaria, HIV,Lassafever etc JEHOVA RAPHA will help humanity in JESUS name• Amen

  56. Nini

    August 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    My God… these pictures speak more than a million words, painful. One cant imagine what these families, and the community is going through. God, please take control, Amen

  57. Tokunbo

    August 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Can’t hold back tears… lord please let this pestilence pass quickly.

  58. Omo1

    August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    This is so heart breaking, I wonder what the Liberian government and even the communities did so far to curtail this, Its not always about a buoyant economy, its just simple precautionary measures these people could have taken from the onset.

    Did their government create enough awareness for this virus, at the grass root level?.. somehow they are to blame for allowing things get out of hand. I pray all affected countries come out of this situation sane! I pray still, that we do not have more cases of these people sneaking into Nigeria for a so called cure, cos from what I can see, it seems they have really limited enlightenment.

  59. myopinion

    August 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    some say its end time tins, some say it is a purnishment from God, whatever it is, let us watch pray. May God help us

  60. fum

    August 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my eyes!my heart stopped beating for a while,the pix all said a lot!I think we should give the nano silver a trial.
    After all it might work,its better than not trying any solution at all!God forgive our sins for the sake of the heave ,day and night that are so unquestionable ,that you created! Africa will survive!
    One love Africa!

  61. gladessa

    August 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Every one is calling on God to have mercy and save the people. Of course God can save them, but the bible also says ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’. Why would any sane person attend to an ebola patient without even hand gloves? If they can’t afford hand gloves, can’t they use nylon bags at least? Unless and until we can stop spreading the virus, there is no end to the epidemic in sight. Just yesterday, an ebola isolation centre in Liberia was looted and 17 confirmed patients escaped to continue spreading the virus, even matresses and bedsheets were stolen and we are here calling God. God has already given us what it takes to handle ebola.

  62. sum1special

    August 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

    God please heal this land.

  63. DELLA

    August 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    God help us!!!!

  64. Hassaneinstein

    August 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    so surprising how rational beings will keep on behaving like some primitive organisms; If the so-called oga god existed and he cared, then atrocities like ebola wouldn’t have existed at all. Do you think people like SAWYER Patrick and the many others who died of this virus didn’t believe and worship this god? of course they did. Yet they died! So spare us with this ………..God heal the land………… Allah have mercy on us……… Jehovah forgive our sins. The earlier u think of taking ur precautions the better.

  65. Mary

    August 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thou Son of David, please have mercy on us and heal our land. Amen

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