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Ebola: An Eyewitness Account From Sierra Leone, Dec. 7

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- 1674 days ago -
DECEMBER 7, 2014: IN QUARANTINE When we arrive at the school in the village of Tambiama, a few people stand in a dirt yard behind a strip of red and white quarantine tape.


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Rose B (141)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 1:03 am
Today, when a local priest asks them how they feel, the villagers all say that they are fine; a few even break into a spontaneous dance to prove how healthy they are. If all goes well, they will be released from quarantine in a matter of days.

But for the moment, they have little to do. Asked how they feel about being in quarantine, the villagers murmur with dissatisfaction. James Koroma, a former teacher at the primary school, gestures to the village outside the quarantine tape, where people’s own houses are now off limits to them. Though I don’t speak his language, his meaning is clear: we don’t like being stuck in here.

Shekub Mansary, whose job is to trace contacts of people infected with Ebola, translates for Koroma: “They are not feeling good,” Mansary says. “They are not feeling good at all—there [is] no free movement for them.”

Quarantines have been a widely deployed tool in this outbreak, but they are a crude one, and it’s not clear how effective they have been.

Checkpoints line the road from the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, to Makeni, the big city near Tambiama. At every one, workers examine travellers for fevers.

Teresa W (782)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 5:30 am
sadly noted

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 9:22 am
Not much improvement at all. Thx Darren

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday December 15, 2014, 6:09 am
They should have radios and TVs.

. (5)
Monday December 15, 2014, 7:09 am

Lindsay K (6)
Monday December 15, 2014, 9:59 am
Noted - thanks for sharing

This is a truly terrifying and tragic situation

Past Member (0)
Monday December 15, 2014, 10:30 am
Thank you Darren.
So sad and it's been going on for so long.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Monday December 15, 2014, 12:03 pm
Thank you

Birgit W (160)
Monday December 15, 2014, 2:20 pm
Thanks Darren.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Tuesday December 16, 2014, 1:54 am

jan b (5)
Tuesday December 16, 2014, 5:14 am
Under the circumstances----the ones complaining need to be grateful they are still alive. think ?

Panchali Yapa (26)
Tuesday December 16, 2014, 10:22 am
Thank you

. (5)
Wednesday December 17, 2014, 6:02 am
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