Via FrontPageAfrica, a long, disturbing report: Ignorance in The Midst of Tragedy: Ebola Victims Unburied. Excerpt:
On Sunday morning as Liberians prepared for church, residents of the St. Paul’s Bridge community staged roadblocks in protest of dead bodies lying in their community for five days now.
“We have an Ebola body on the ground up till now nobody to pick it up. We’ve been waiting for four days now and nobody to pick it up,” said Mohamed Kollie a resident of the area.
“We decided to put roadblock down and the police started shooting tear gas. We have four bodies lying down in St. Paul Bridge community alone, one in the Island Clinic area under the tree and the other three in houses around here.”
Residents are visibly scared as a result of the deadly virus and people are not reporting their sick to health centers but are instead caring for them at home.
“My stepmother passed away on Wednesday, at the hour of 1:15 am; immediately the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Health were contacted,” Cllr. S. T. Ketter, stepson of the deceased told FrontPageAfrica on Sunday.
“Yesterday, myself walked to the place talked to them and they said they would come take the body but they never came. This morning the community youth sat on the road to draw attention to our plight.”
Johnsonville’s awful sight
For the past two days, in Kparpeh’s Town, lower Johnsonville Township, Montserrado County, residents have gone to bed in fear. The area has not had many Ebola cases reported so far, but on Saturday, 37 dead bodies were brought and dumped in the area.
Authorities of the Ministry of Heath and social welfare secured a spot to bury Ebola dead in the Kparpeh’s town area, an action that sparked a standoff between residents and the security forces.
The Armed forces of Liberia was brought in to restore calm, but on Sunday Morning the sight of dead bodies; some buried, some in body bags all around, was awful. FrontPage Africa visit revealed a small plot of land, which has been used by the Ministry of Health, to bury over 37 Ebola dead, had not been utilized properly putting the community at risk.
“All the Ebola victims that are dying all round town, they never found anywhere to carry them, but only Johnsonville they brought them,” said an angry resident Oretha Nimley.
“So the human being too plenty here and we don’t want the body to be buried here. When they bring the body here we have our children - they will get sick.”