Sierra Leone under lockdown while residents suspected of having Ebola are cordoned off

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: L.J. Devon
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

According to pictures taken by The New York Times, the three day lockdown in Sierra Leone didn’t begin as planned, with residents resisting government orders and disregarding volunteers’ door-to-door advice. Last Friday, government desperation peaked in Sierra Leone, with officers ordering everyone in the country to remain indoors for three days. Trying to get the Ebola epidemic under control, the country enlisted police officers, soldiers and nearly 30,000 volunteers to go up to each house to educate residents on Ebola. Anyone suspected of having Ebola was to be identified, pulled away from the villages, and cordoned off at a temporary holding center.

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma’s radio address must have been haunting as he delivered the news of the countrywide lockdown. “Some of the things we are asking you to do are difficult, but life is better than these difficulties,” he voiced.

But as the lockdown began, it became obvious that the government was limited in mobilizing its army of door to door volunteers. The unpaid volunteers, mostly students, were reluctant to single out Ebola victims in their door-to-door search and had very little if no disinfecting supplies to pass out. With nearly 6 million residences to check in Sierra Leone, volunteers definitely had their work cut out for them.

Police and volunteers going door to door disregarded by Sierra Leone villagers

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