Liberia distributes food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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MONROVIA, Liberia -- Government officials have been handing out bags of rice and pouches of drinking water to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

International aid workers warn that more help is needed as the country battles not only the virulent disease but also hunger. Travel restrictions have blocked food from getting to parts of the seaside capital.

The atmosphere remains tense in the township of West Point, where hundreds of residents lined up to receive government provisions a day after authorities put up barbed wire barricades and enforced a blockade of the area. The quarantine has kept market traders from entering or leaving and prices for food and water have been skyrocketing.

Liberia is being hit especially hard by Ebola. The virus has killed 1,350 people in West Africa, and more than a third of those deaths have been in Liberia.

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