Originally published August 28 2014
West African locals quarantined at gunpoint grow desperate for food rations as Ebola continues to ravage the region
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) What were once robust West African villages are now being reduced to ghost towns, as if a nuclear disaster had stricken the area. With Ebola now affecting 2,600 people worldwide, and with a death rate around 90 percent, the viral outbreak has Africans in a panic.
Thousands of residents in Dolo Town, Liberia, are being quarantined at gunpoint. Liberian soldiers working for the Ebola Task Force are patrolling the dirt streets, keeping commoners away from the nearby international airport. The government is afraid that infected people might escape the town and spread the Ebola virus to new populations. Armed blockades now hold more than 20,000 people in quarantine.
Dolo Town church goes vacant; quarantined village fighting over rationsAlong with the military lock-down, pictures now show that the quarantined village is running out of food, as rations continue to dwindle. Desperate children and adults can be seen searching for food in the market streets. The Dolo Town church has reportedly gone vacant -- not a storehouse, not a place of worship any longer. Several members of the congregation have already passed away to Ebola; now the church is empty.
Other places in Liberia like Monrovia are under a sort of martial law, as lines of soldiers scan crowds of commoners for signs of Ebola. The soldiers are now blocking the people from entering or leaving the West Point area of the city. The security forces are now wearing riot gear -- body armor, shields and visor face masks. Military forces have joined in to enforce the quarantine, holding people up at gunpoint if they don't stay in the quarantined zone.
Government workers hand out rations as volunteers bury Ebola victimsA government distribution center in Dolo Town occasionally hands out rations of rice. Residents are instructed to cleanse themselves with water and chlorine before accepting their ration of nine cups of rice. Occasionally, riots break out as families fight over the amount of rice they need. One photo shows a crowd of Africans waiting behind a green line, as boxes from USAID are brought in on trucks through the World Food Programme.
Meanwhile, those who are dying of Ebola are being buried by volunteers who are paid £4.00 ($6.63) per day. Cloaked in white, protective suits, the volunteers can be pictured working along the edges of the jungle, carrying dead bodies to their graves. The volunteers are tasked with sterilizing the dead bodies and then burying them in the African dirt. Mass graveyards are beginning to form, as the volunteers in Kenema, Sierra Leone, move the infected bodies from the villages.
Could these same conditions strike industrialized nations, with military enforcing quarantines? How might an unprepared US city handle an Ebola outbreak in a state of panic?
Maybe the US government is already preparing for mass death:
The purpose of the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, introduce in 2012, is to "amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes."
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