Via FrontPageAfrica: Behind Quarantine Line: Families Take Food to Hungry W. Pointers. Excerpt:
There were no pushing and pulling this time, no condemnation or claims of “rotten rice” from hungry and besieged West Point residents. What many witnessed Saturday was a more organized queue of West Point residents, awaiting their turn to get much-needed food aid.
Until Saturday, families and friends across the quarantine zone had been struggling to get food to the relatives as state security restricted movement in the area which, along with Dolo’s Town had been declared a quarantine zone in the aftermath of a violent turn earlier during the week.
Violence struck the area Wednesday when residents set-off a revolt, which was struck down by the military officials, following a controversial government policy that seals-off the entire area in an effort to curb further spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The riots began when a commissioner was stopped from leaving the district with her family, while the rest of the residents told not to leave.
On Saturday, families and friends queued up alongside a government and United Nations distribution team to provide additional food to what the government is providing. Some loved ones could be seen giving out potato greens, charcoal, oil, rice and other ingredients to their relatives behind the quarantine line.
Girish Kurseja, an Indian businessman took three bags of rice and some water to three of his employees currently being quarantined in the community. Kuseja told FrontPageAfrica that his employees had called to inform him that the food they are receiving are not enough to carry them through the 21-day incubation period.
Based on that, he says, he decided to bring them some food to augment the government’s effort. He explained that the quarantined communities should not feel that they are being punished but should see it as efforts to help save them from the deadly Ebola Virus.
“Three of my workers, they stay in West Point and because of the government’ measure to quarantine West Point for 21 days, and there was no sufficient food and water in the house, so they call me to tell me and I told them not to worry I will find time to come see them.
"So I brought three bags of rice and water to them” says Kurseja. “West Point people should be appreciative that the government is prioritizing them so they should be privileged to be quarantined to avoid Ebola spreading."