Thousands of People Break Quarantines to Find Food Despite Rising Ebola Infection Rate in Sierra Leone

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Stoyan Zaimov
November 5, 2014

Thousands of people are breaking Ebola quarantines in order to search for food in Sierra Leone in spite of a rising infection rate in the West African country, international aid agencies have said.

Despite government programs, supported by the U.N.’s World Food Program, delivering food and other necessities to quarantined people, there are a number of areas in the country that have not been reached by the aid, forcing thousands to go out and search for food.

“We have to take the sick out and take the responsibility with firmness. We must end Ebola now,” said President Ernest Bai Koroma, who urged ordinary citizens to do more to help with the crisis, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The Disasters Emergency Committee warned, however, that certain government restrictions are cutting off food aid to thousands of people.

“The quarantine of Kenema, the third largest town in Sierra Leone, is having a devastating impact on trade — travel is restricted so trucks carrying food cannot freely drive around,” the committee said in a statement. “Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.”

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