Originally published November 5 2014
Liberians in West Point slum desperately battle Ebola after government deserts them; residents dump contaminated bodies in river
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Residents living in one of the worst Ebola-hit areas of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, have taken up the charge of containing the disease without the government's help. Reportedly feeling abandoned by their leaders, the people of West Point, Monrovia's largest slum, are now proactively using bleach buckets and avoiding direct contact with others in order to maintain what they feel is a solid level of protection against Ebola.
Just two months after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a mandatory, 10-day quarantine of the West Point in response to Ebola, many of the residents are still battling the crisis with everything they have. In the poor neighborhood, some residents are still dumping contaminated bodies into a nearby river in order to avoid dealing with government-led body collection teams, and local merchants are using gloves and hand sanitizer to minimize transmission.
Early on, many people living in West Point distrusted the government, believing the Ebola crisis to be a massive hoax -- and this may still be the case, at least in terms of what Ebola actually is, how it is being transmitted and how it might fulfill a final endgame. Even so, there is still a high level of resistance within the community, as people choose to handle the crisis themselves rather than rely on public bureaucrats.
"Angry about being sealed off and abandoned by the government, residents of West Point rioted in anger and overran a school that was being used as an Ebola holding center," explains The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) about the people's reaction to the 10-day lockdown. "When the lockdown ended and international aid organizations poured into West Point with bleach, rubber boots and information, community leaders decided they needed to take action fast."
WSJ admits one major goal with Ebola is to indoctrinate West Africans into 'see something, say something' mindset It is interesting that many reports admit that West Africans, especially during the early days of the outbreak, were highly skeptical of their respective governments' intentions with the whole thing. Accusations that it was a hoax, or even that aid groups like the Red Cross were deliberately spreading Ebola, were, and in some cases still are, prevalent.
If Ebola really was as bad as the mainstream media claims it is, then why wouldn't average West Africans want some help in eradicating it? They obviously have reason to believe that not everything is as it seems, and if you read between the lines, this is actually admitted by news sources like the WSJ as well, which recently published a piece explaining that a shift in thinking throughout the region is part of the plan.
Writing for the paper, Heidi Vogt explained that "changes to habits and traditional practices" are offering a "glimmer of hope" in Liberia's fight against Ebola. Taken at face value, Vogt is referring here to things like traditional burial practices that involve touching potentially infected corpses, an obvious concern during the crisis.
But cultivating a "shift" in "attitudes" about the way that people live and interact with one another, as well as how they view the government, is also clearly outlined as a major goal of the "international effort to contain the disease." This admittedly includes fostering a sentiment of fear and distrust within local communities, where people are afraid to touch each other and interact normally but put all their trust in the government to save them.
"[I]f I detect that they look weak, I will report it," stated a man by the name of Prince Mambu, from the Health Education, Sanitation and Sensitization Group, about the new "normal" for how he interacts with folks in the area.
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