Liberians in West Point slum desperately battle Ebola after government deserts them; residents dump contaminated bodies in river

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Residents living in one of the worst Ebola-hit areas of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, have taken up the charge of containing the disease without the government’s help. Reportedly feeling abandoned by their leaders, the people of West Point, Monrovia’s largest slum, are now proactively using bleach buckets and avoiding direct contact with others in order to maintain what they feel is a solid level of protection against Ebola.

Just two months after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a mandatory, 10-day quarantine of the West Point in response to Ebola, many of the residents are still battling the crisis with everything they have. In the poor neighborhood, some residents are still dumping contaminated bodies into a nearby river in order to avoid dealing with government-led body collection teams, and local merchants are using gloves and hand sanitizer to minimize transmission.

Early on, many people living in West Point distrusted the government, believing the Ebola crisis to be a massive hoax — and this may still be the case, at least in terms of what Ebola actually is, how it is being transmitted and how it might fulfill a final endgame. Even so, there is still a high level of resistance within the community, as people choose to handle the crisis themselves rather than rely on public bureaucrats.

“Angry about being sealed off and abandoned by the government, residents of West Point rioted in anger and overran a school that was being used as an Ebola holding center,” explains The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) about the people’s reaction to the 10-day lockdown. “When the lockdown ended and international aid organizations poured into West Point with bleach, rubber boots and information, community leaders decided they needed to take action fast.”

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