Via FrontPageAfrica: W. Point Victim’s Mom Wants Corpse; Ebola Patients in Limbo. Click through for the full report, including the part about 23 new Ebola patients in ambulances but no space available at ELWA Hospital. Excerpt:
On Wednesday, a fracas between state security forces led by the Armed Forces of Liberia and Liberian National Police on one hand and some residents of West Point on the other led to shooting and throwing of stones and other objects leaving at least three wounded.
A 15-year-old-boy, Sackie Kamara wounded in both legs later died at the Redemption Hospital where he is said to have bled profusely prior to his death.
The Government of Liberia through defense Minister Brownie Samukai has said the boy sustained the injury from stampede despite images and videos showing that the wound in one of the boys’ legs was deep to be sustained through stampede.
On Friday, Eva Nah, mother of the late Sackie said she is demanding that the government allow her to view the dead body of her son.
Eva told FrontPageAfrica that on Wednesday morning she sent her son to buy tea for early morning breakfast only to hear later that he was shot by security officers.
“They fired my son, I just sent the boy to buy tea that morning and people telling me they fired my son, they don’t want me to see his body, I feeling so bad”, Eva told FPA.
The grieving mother said since the West Point Isolation center incident her son has not left the house until the shooting incident and is therefore demanding to have access to his body.
West Point Community Chairman Paul Kieh also expressed frustration at the manner in which state security forces reacted to the incident which he said involved shooting live bullets at civilians.
“I believe more people got shot by the soldiers but some are not known yet,” Kieh said.
An uncle to Sackie who preferred to be called Gabriel also expressed anger at the action of state security forces.
“They were just shooting not only in the air”, Gabriel said.
Early Friday morning, FPA received a call from West Point that another boy allegedly shot in the stomach was very ill and his father wanted to speak to the press but before arrival, some neighbors said the boy and his father have left the area and he has been taken for treatment to an unknown location.
The government has maintained through Minister Samukai that it did not mandate security forces to shoot and kill.