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Aug 17, 2014

Insight – Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicentre

BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the “plague villages” of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

Aug 6, 2014

Ebola sucks life from W. African states weakened by war, poverty

MONROVIA/DAKAR, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Poverty, then war, and
now, a deadly plague.

Among the world’s poorest states at the bottom of global
development indexes, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had shown
signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa’s
economic boom – before a lethal Ebola epidemic struck.

As the world’s biggest outbreak ravages the populations of
these small states from West Africa’s Mano River Region, their
resource-dependent economies are reeling from the impact.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income: finance minister

DAKAR (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the departure of foreign workers because of the disease.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income – finmin

DAKAR, Aug 5 (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since
its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its
growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister
said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent
this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic
due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the
departure of foreign workers because of the disease.

Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola virus spreads, peace corps leaves 3 countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools, quarantines communities in bid to halt Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia announced on Wednesday the quarantine of a number of communities and the closure of schools across the country, the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the measures, part of an action plan that included placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Jul 26, 2014

Hollande declares three days of mourning over Air Algerie crash

DAKAR/PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people including 54 French nationals in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali.

Hollande, who met with relatives of victims for three hours on Saturday afternoon, said that all the bodies would be flown to France and that he would make sure that families can, at some point, travel to the crash site to help them cope with grief.