AllAfrica News: Liberia

Collecting Liberia's Ebola Dead
[Deutsche Welle]Monrovia -In Liberia, the bodies of people suspected to have died from Ebola are collected by teams of volunteers who take them for testing and then cremation if the virus is confirmed. It is gruelling work for the volunteers.

Ex-Rebel Arrested for War Crimes
[Hirondelle]Arusha -Martina Johnson, a former rebel commander under Charles Taylor, was arrested in Belgium on Wednesday, suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia's civil war, according to rights groups and international media reports.

First Shipment of the Ramped Up U.S. Military Response to Ebola Arrives in Liberia
[U.S. Embassy Monrovia]A C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

What Killed Former Miss Liberia?
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The death of Miss Liberia 2009-2010 winner Shurina Wiah has taken another twist after several members of her family, including the mother, who had earlier denied that her daughter's death was tied to Ebola; a brother and her sister 'Toose Sieanyene Yuohwas' two sons, were quarantined Thursday, FrontPageAfrica has learned.

Belgium Makes First Liberia War Crimes Arrest
[HRW]Brussels -The Belgian authorities' arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia's first civil war is a major advance for justice.

Ebola Fight Needs More Aid
[VOA]An NGO on the frontlines of the West Africa Ebola outbreak says the scale-up of the international response comes none too soon. SIM USA says more beds, medical supplies and personnel are needed to stem the spread of the epidemic.

How Patrick Sawyer Infected Us With Ebola, Doctors Who Treated Liberian-American Speak
[Premium Times]The survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease have narrated their experiences, speaking of the trauma they went through and how Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria, lied to health workers who attended to him.

Defense Minister Assures U.S. Team of Support
[Analyst]Liberia's Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, has assured the head of the U.S. Military Delegation of his Ministry's preparedness to collaborate with the U.S. Military team expected in the country shortly. Minster Samukai said the Armed Forces of Liberia will work closely with U.S. Military efforts to ensure the success of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has left a crippling effect in every sector of the Liberian Society.

West Point Shooting Report Ready - Micat Boss
[Analyst]A preliminary report has been released by the Board of Inquiry into the fatal killing of little Shaki Kamara as a result of an alleged shooting by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who were deployed in West Point to quarantine the community.

Nocal Assures Good Deal - Global Witness Concerns Considered
[Analyst]The covetous nature of oil, particularly for impoverished nations and peoples needing a magic wand to transformation, makes it subject of hot discussion under all circumstances. So even while the country is struggling to pull itself out of raging Ebola conquest, its oil and gas sector is not left out of the national discussion.

First Shipment of U.S. Military Response to Ebola Arrives
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -A C 17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Global Witness Blasts Liberia Oil Block Sale in Midst of Ebola
[FrontPageAfrica]Global Witness comments on the preliminary Production Sharing Contract (PSC) and the August 2014 Liberian oil block bid round

Press Union Dedicates 50th Anniversary to Ebola Fight
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will dedicate the observance of its 50th Anniversary on September 30, 2014 to the national fight against the virulent Ebola virus disease that has claimed close to 1,500 lives across the country. The day will be exclusively observed as an all-media anti-Ebola awareness day through out the country.

Liberia's Interest First - Nocal Affirms Oil Bid Round Reports
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) welcomes the recent comments provided by Global Witness on the current bid round. The solicitation of feedback on the Production Sharing Contract from many stakeholders is a standard practice for a bid round. Hence, the Global Witness comments are being carefully considered by the Government, along with all other stakeholder feedback.

'Octopus' Figure Latest Busted in Liberia War Crimes Sting
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Martina Johnson, a frontline commander, notoriously regarded as a fierce female fighter who "did a lot of dirty work in terms of secret killings" in Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia, has been arrested and indicted in Belgium. Johnson was arrested in Belgium this week and is scheduled to appear Friday before a judge who will decide whether to hold her in continuous detention or set her free, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Woman Delivers Twin On Street Corner After Hospital Rejection
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Comfort Fallah struggled to give birth to a set of twin in a heavy downpour Wednesday, on a muddy road just a stone throw from the Benson Hospital in Paynesville. Mr. Fallah, who was brought during severe labor pains, was rejected by the hospital because she could not afford the new fee for delivery. Family sources told FrontPageAfrica that the pregnant woman was denied delivery at the hospital, because they could not pay US$450. 00 charged by the Hospital.

World Bank's U.S.$52 Million Boosts Liberia's Fight Against Ebola
[NEWS]Liberia's acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning has underscored government's ardent commitment to making Liberia Ebola free as the World Bank boosts the country's effort when it approved a $52 million grant for Liberia to eradicate the deadly virus, Wednesday.

Waive Salaries, Benefits for Ebola - Rep. Recommends
[New Dawn]A Montserrado County Electoral District Number11 Representative has emphasized the urgent need for Liberian Lawmakers to waive their salaries and benefits for the month of September to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.

President's Statement On the Update of Ebola Crisis
[Analyst]My fellow Liberians.

Ebola - Hailing the Progress
[New Dawn]The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been regarded deadliest ever to date. The World Health Organization or WHO has even declared the current outbreak of the disease- a viral illness of which the initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat, as an international health emergency, owing to its high and growing fatalities of more than 2,461 deaths up to mid-September in the region. Of the 2,461 deaths in the region, Liberia has a total of 1, 424- a figu

Ellen Regrets Initial Ebola Approach
[New Dawn]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has regretted that there would have been not a single further case, if an Ebola-infected person was put in isolation from the onset of the outbreak "to stop person-to-person transmission."

Paul G. Allen's Tackle Ebola Campaign Adds Two Partnerships
[PR Newswire]Seattle -Support will provide much-needed services for medical workers working to combat the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

'We'll Win' Ebola Fight - President Pays Homage to Frontline Fighters
[Analyst]Government's own statistics on Ebola fatalities supplied international institutions not only depicts a continued gloom and doom of the state of affairs in the country regarding the fight against the deadly virus but also helps to further animate public nervousness and despair. And there are expectations that experts will in the next few days trumpet a more ominous projection about the battle in favor of the pandemic.

BFF Wants President to Reopen Schools
[Analyst]Better Future Foundation, BFF, has lauded efforts by the United States to address the current Ebola crisis in Liberia and other countries in West Africa, but underscores the urgent need for the establishment of a regional Center for Disease Control in the Mano River Union basin by US President Barack Obama.

Local Civil Society Eyes More Openness in Lawmakers' Activities
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) in collaboration with youth and student community, national and international civil society organizations, community based institutions, Thursday petitioned the House of Representatives seek total openness of the Liberian legislature.

Liberia Healthcare Impasse - Community Clinics Lack Basics
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, communities across Liberia, stopped regular operation with the exception of the few who braved the storm and kept their doors open to the public. Major hospitals were no longer serving the public and those who could manage like the smaller clinics hiked their fees.

African Leaders Call for More Support for Ebola-Hit Nations
[FrontPageAfrica]Malabo -The Second Edition of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences has been awarded to the three winners in an elaborate ceremony at the Sipopo International Conference Center, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Prizes were awarded to a biologist, a soil scientist, and a research institute on tropical diseases. UNESCO says the selection of these laureates reflects its priority to promote health and human development through science.

Nimba Caucus Accuses Supt of Misappropriating Ebola Money
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -What seems to be a repeat of the scene between Montserrado County Caucus and the county Former Superintendent Grace Kpaan is gradually developing between the Superintendent of Nimba County and the County Caucus at the legislature.

Ghana Air Force Airlifts Relief Assistance to Three Ebola Affected Countries
[Ghana Govt.]The Ghana Air Force has begun the airlifting of about one hundred tons of humanitarian food relief items to three Ebola affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

French Nurse Receives Experimental Ebola Treatment in Paris Hospital
[RFI]A French nurse who has contracted Ebola was receiving "experimental treatments" in a French military hospital on Friday after Health Minister Marisol Touraine took the exceptional step of authorising their use.