August 2014

West Pointers marched to the residence of their representative, Rep. Solomon George, to express their disappointment in his failure to speak for them in this time of crisis in their lives.

Rep. Solomon George took to the airwaves lambasting the people of West Point after the riot.

Quarantine Lifted, Gov’t Mute

The Government of Liberia on Saturday, August 30, suddenly released the people of West Point after 10 days under quarantine.

Up to press time Sunday evening, all efforts to contact government officials for an explanation as to why the quarantine had been lifted so abruptly proved futile. Officials who did answer calls said only the Minister of Information, Lewis Brown, was authorized to answer that question.

Mr. Peter George, a dietitian at the United States Embassy near Monrovia, had just gotten paid when he was attacked Saturday morning. He fainted after the attackers gashed his head with a knife, and had to be treated several stitches.

Outside of the Grimes’ home, residents discovered a pair of handcuffs with ‘NATIONAL POLICE’ engraved on them.

Armed Men Ransack Paynesville ‘in Police Uniform’

Armed men “dressed in police uniform” went about terrorizing and raiding communities in the Paynesville area during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 30, shortly after midnight, making away with lots of cash, jewelry and other valuables and leaving at least one person severely injured.  

GSA Road, Voker Mission and Duport Road were among the communities victimized by the early Saturday morning raid.

The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) argues that naming Samukai to the panel investigating the death of Shaki Kamara means instructing him to investigate himself

CDC Wants Samukai Out of West Point Shooting Inquiry Board

The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberia’s leading opposition party, has warned of a serious consequences if Defense Minister Brownie Samukai remains on the panel that is investigating the West Point shooting of 16 year-old Shakie Kamara.

President Johnson Sirleaf last week included Samukai on the board of investigators to probe the recent brutal  shooting in the slum community of West Point that ripped open the legs of the young West Point resident and injured others.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Gov’t Extends Stay-Home Orders

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, over the weekend extended by the another month beginning Monday, September 1, 2014, the stay-home order imposed on all non-essential government employees who have already been away since August 1.

A statement issued by the Executive Mansion yesterday added that this measure remains necessary to decongest government work places in line with efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, which is having devastating consequences for the country.

The FAO said it had been encouraging group farming, which yields more produce than individual subsistence farming. But with the Ebola-related ban on large gatherings, farmers have been afraid to work in groups (USAID photo)

Ebola Threatens Food Security Here, FAO Fears

The Ebola epidemic is raising serious concerns about food security in Liberia -- the country hardest hit by the outbreak in West Africa. 

Due to Ebola unprecedented scourge across the country, food security is being threatened on a number of fronts, mostly for fear of infection. 

For example, food imported by ships and planes may not arrive as often.

As such, several of the farmers, who often work in groups to boost production, are not doing so as a result of ban on people gathering in large numbers at a given location.

(L-r) Mrs. Parker presents the ambulance’s keys to President Sirleaf

Ecobank Gives Ambulance to Fight Ebola

Ecobank has donated a brand new four-door ambulance jeep to the government of Liberia to enhance its logistical strength to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia. The Chairperson of the Board of the Bank’s subsidiary in Liberia, Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker, on August 28 presented keys of the ambulance valued nearly US$60,000 to Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

Drop-off Point to West Point

Liberian law enforcement has been enabling personal contact between quarantined residents of West Point and the general public, including persons who want to drop off food provisions and other essential items that those quarantined might need.

According to citizens who stood in line at the checkpoint on lower Mechlin Street at Waterside, they have been able to bring items such as food, charcoal, cosmetics, rice and other necessary items that their relatives in West Point might not otherwise have access to as a result of the government-imposed quarantine.

Dr. David Navarro

My Mandate: To Stop the Spread of Ebola

A special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Ebola affected countries, Dr. David Nabarro has disclosed that he has been mandated by his boss, Ban Ki-moon, to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus in affected countries.

“My mandate from the Secretary General is clear. Stop the spread of the virus; help attend to the well-being of the Liberian people and help government address the economic consequence of the outbreak. Restoring the confidence of the people and the rest of the world that the virus can be beaten back is also very cardinal,” Dr. Nabarro indicated.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Make Ultimate Sacrifice for Country

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told health workers across the country that their work is the ultimate sacrifice in line with Hippocratic Oath that compels them to save lives.

The Liberian leader pledged that with the sacrifices health workers are making, government has no excuse not to act in creating the environment for smooth operation. “The government is doing all within its power to supply the equipment which you need to protect yourselves and the Health Ministry is going to do that immediately,” she promised.

Dr. Sirleaf: ‘I am not in Liberia to make money, but committed to my country and continent’

President Sirleaf’s Son Sets Record Straight

Dr. Adama Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has refuted claims that his coming to Liberia is meant to capitalize on the millions of dollars pouring into the country in Ebola-related aid under his mother’s administration.

Making the assertion on August 27 at the Ministry of Information, Dr. Sirleaf stressed that he is a Physician working at a renowned hospital in Georgia, the United States, and can afford to support his family there.


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