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8/6/2014 (11 months ago)

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Corpses laid in full view of public, women and children included

The West African nation of Liberia, its resources stretched past the maximum in light of the recent Ebola outbreak, has resorted to dumping the dead bodies of the victims. The highly infectious corpses are left to rot under the hot summer sun in full view of everyone, women and children included.

Fear is rampant everywhere. With less than half of those infected surviving the disease, many Africans regard Ebola isolation wards as death traps, Brown says.

Fear is rampant everywhere. With less than half of those infected surviving the disease, many Africans regard Ebola isolation wards as death traps, Brown says.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/6/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Liberia, Ebola, death, disease, quarantine


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The deadly Ebola virus, which can cause victims to suffer from severe bruising and bleeding from the eyes and mouth, has claimed the lives of nearly 900 people across West Africa so far.

The body of a man who has been infected with the Ebola virus lies dead in the streets of Liberia.

The body of a man who has been infected with the Ebola virus lies dead in the streets of Liberia.


The Liberian government has announced a series of tough measures to contain the disease. These include shutting down schools, imposing quarantines on victim's homes and tracking down their friends and relatives.

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Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia have started dragging their loved ones

Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia have started dragging their loved ones' bodies out of their homes and dumping them on the streets in a bid to avoid being quarantined. Above, a man walks past the dead body.


Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown say that locals have begun to drag their loved ones' bodies onto the streets out of fear that the new government regulations would risk their own health.

Fear is rampant everywhere. With less than half of those infected surviving the disease, many Africans regard Ebola isolation wards as death traps, Brown says.

"They are therefore removing the bodies from their homes and are putting them out in the street," Brown says.

Volunteers carry bodies to a van in a medical center for Ebola patients in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

Volunteers carry bodies to a van in a medical center for Ebola patients in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.


"They're exposing themselves to the risk of being contaminated. We're asking people to please leave the bodies in their homes and we'll pick them up."

The Liberian government announced via state radio this week that all corpses of Ebola victims must be cremated.

Volunteers lower a corpse into the ground in Kailiahun, Sierra Leone. The body has been prepared wit

Volunteers lower a corpse into the ground in Kailiahun, Sierra Leone. The body has been prepared with safe burial practices to ensure it does not pose a health risk to others and stop the transmission of Ebola.


The order came after a tense standoff erupted over the weekend when health workers tried to bury more than 20 Ebola victims on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia's ocean-front capital. Authorities were called in to help restore order so that the burials could take place.

Many of the victims had contracted the disease by touching the bodies of other victims as is tradition at funerals, officials say.


Brown said authorities had begun cremating bodies on Sunday after local communities opposed burials in their neighborhoods.

In the border region of Lofa County, troops were deployed on Monday night to start isolating effected communities there, Brown said.

Volunteers get changed into white bodysuits as they prepare remove the bodies of people who were sus

Volunteers get changed into white bodysuits as they prepare remove the bodies of people who were suspected of contracting Ebola and died in the community in the village of Pendebu, north of Kenema.


"We hope it will not require excessive force, but we have to do whatever we can to restrict the movement of people out of affected areas," Brown said.

The current outbreak of Ebola occurred last March, and spread to Nigeria last month when Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old American of Liberian descent, flew from Liberia's capital to the megacity of Lagos.

Authorities in Lagos now claim eight people who came in contact with the deceased U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer are now showing signs of the deadly disease.

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