Ebola: Ground Zero in Liberia’s capital

Rioters looted an Ebola center

MONRIVIA, LIBERIA (CNN) – On the drive in to west point, you’re met with barbed wire and barricaded shops, and at the quarantine line, angry residents congregating to stare down police.

Crossing through the line you are immediately swarmed by people desperate to be heard, and desperate to believe this isn’t happening.

At a rough estimate, there are over 70,000 people living in Monrovia’s west point slum; no sanitation, no running water, and since the government designated it an Ebola quarantine zone last week, no way out.

This was after rioters looted an Ebola center. Claiming the virus was a government hoax. A nurse at the center told CNN she arrived for her shift that night to find the center destroyed and not a patient to be found. Now they’re slowly rebuilding their community’s only refuge

You can see this center it’s not extraordinarily well equipped. They have to rewash their protective gear, a squirt of diluted bleach and a door that was ransacked and left for broken during the riots. This is it. This is the only place people have.

Even here the most that they can hope to get is to be made comfortable while they wait to either overcome the virus, or not.

Charming Fallah, is a hairdresser, like many here in west point, she has to travel out of the township to make a living; the only breadwinner for her two children.

“Right now my mother doesn’t have anything. First I was the one that provided for her but as time goes by, now she’s complaining the rice is finished,” said Charming.

Reporter: “Are you more scared of Ebola or are you scared of the hunger?” Charming responded, “Both. That’s what’s worrying us. The hunger, the Ebola everything. I’m scared of everything.”

At the quarantine line, the standoff continues, desperate to at least be seen and heard, if not released.

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