Sea Erosion Hits Ebola Quarantined West Point

About 10 houses in the Ebola quarantined township of West Point have been destroyed by sea erosion, less than three months ago when scores of homes were swept away by similar disaster.

In June, severe sea erosion left several people homeless with valuable properties lost in New Kru Town and West Point Communities.

One of the affected persons of the latest incident, Madam Cynthia Wolue, told the Liberia News Agency Monday that the erosion started about 4:00 a.m. and washed away her six-bedroom house.

Madam Wolue said two of her children sustained injuries as a result of the erosion.

She lamented that her family currently has nowhere to stay, especially in the face of the quarantining of the community to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

“For the past six days now we cannot go anywhere because we have been quarantined by the government,” she said.

Madam Wolue also lamented that the children currently have no food and water to live on, and appealed to government to come to their aid.

Another resident, Mr. Augustine Pajibo, said residents of West Point are peaceful citizens, and that they are willing to ensure that law and order prevails in the township.

“We told our children to exercise patience as the government handles the Ebola crises in our country,” Pajibo said.

He disclosed that District 13 Representative Saah Joseph has donated 200 bags of rice as well as water, adding that Oxfam also provided some food for them while residents wait for the lifting of the quarantine.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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