Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you thought Monrovia in Liberia was just a tiny, insignificant place in Africa.....

think again. Look at the maps and a pic of the city.
The entire population of a large slum area in Monrovia is under quarantine and the residents are not happy about it and trying to  break free resulting in tear gas fired at them.  

And, not to distract you in any way really, far be it from me to do that,  BUT  lordy, lord .... Liberia has discovered offshore oil and gas fields just a wee bit distance from the slum areas which are unfortunate enough to be so near those priceless shores.

From ITV:
Police have fired tear gas to disperse    a stone-throwing crowd who want to leave a neighbourhood in Monrovia, Liberia which was placed under quarantine because of the Ebola virus.
Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew yesterday and put the neighbourhood, West Point, under quarantine.
The rundown area in the capital has been hit by Ebola, which has killed more than 1,200 people in four West African countries.
Witnesses said there were no injuries as a result of the unrest.

From AP
Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola
 Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Liberia has the highest death toll of the four West African countries affected by the dreaded disease, and its number of cases is rising the fastest. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the quarantine and imposed a nighttime curfew that begins Wednesday, saying that authorities have not been able to curtail the spread of Ebola in the face of defiance of their recommendations. She also ordered entertain

"These measures are meant to save lives," she said in an address Tuesday night.
Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids, but relatives have been caring for the sick at home in some cases and burial practices that involve touching the body have continued. There is no cure and no licensed treatment for the disease; health workers can only separate the sick from the healthy..........

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