Liberian Ebola Quarantine Results in Violent Clashes

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Aug. 20 2014 6:15 PM

Liberian Ebola Quarantine Results in Violent Clashes

West Point, the now-quarantined area of Monrovia, Liberia.

Photo by ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

What began as an attempt to quarantine West Point, an Ebola-infected area of the Liberian city of Monrovia, soon became a violent clash between security forces and community members on Wednesday.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Angry residents stormed barbed-wire barricades and threw stones at the troops, who fired shots in the air to drive them back, news reports said. Photographs from the scene showed a youth on the ground with blood pouring from his legs.
Fear and confusion have been spreading in the West African nation, where at least 576 people have died, more than in any other country affected by the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. 

In the battle to beat Ebola, this is but the latest struggle between those trying to stop the spread of the virus and those who are themselves at risk, who feel not enough is being done to help them. Last Saturday, Ebola patients fled during an attack on their health care facility by an angry mob. As Liberian National Police spokesman Sam Collins told CNN: “It was an attack from people afraid of Ebola. ... Everybody is afraid.”

Emily Tamkin is an editorial intern at Slate and a M.Phil. candidate in Russian and East European studies at Oxford. Follow her on Twitter.  



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