People protest outside a hospital as Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the area after Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia. (Jonathan Paye-Layleh/Associated Press)
Yesterday got this –
September 18, 2014 Dear Friends, Thanks for all your prayers and encouraging words. Some conflicting reports came out today but the latest is that the bodies of the delegation that was trying to educate people on the ebola virus were found, including Moise (Moses). Many hearts are heavy and breaking today. Moses is most certainly with Jesus today, but his family and coworkers remain here, shocked and faced with adjusting to life now without a husband, father, friend, colleague. Please pray for Moise’s wife, his five children, and his friends and coworkers. Blessings, Tim and beth ><>
And this –
(Reuters) – Eight bodies, including those of three journalists,
were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on
the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern
Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
“The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them
had their throats slit,” Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters by
telephone in Conakry.
However, Guinea’s Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana,
speaking in a television message that had been recorded earlier,
said 7 bodies of 9 missing people had been found.
He said six people have been arrested following the incident,
which took place on Tuesday in Wome, a village close to the town
of Nzerekore, in Guinea’s southeast, where Ebola was first
identified in March.
Since then the virus has killed some 2,630 people and infected at
least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization
(WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia.
It has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria.
Authorities in the region are faced with widespread fears, misinformation and stigma
among residents of the affected countries, complicating efforts to contain the highly
Fofana said the team that included local administrators, two medical officers, a preacher
and three accompanying journalists, was attacked by a hostile stone-throwing crowd from
the village when they tried to inform people about Ebola.
He said it was regrettable that the incident occurred as the international community was
mobilizing to help countries struggling to contain the disease.