Starvation Hits Dolo Town
-As 15,000 People Share 200 Half Bags of rice,
By Eugene K. Myers-With Support from IREX
Residents of Dolo Town, Lower Margibi County, have sent out SOS call for food and safe drinking water.
The residents told reporters Tuesday in Margibi that the lack of food and safe drinking water was a serious challenge to their survival since the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime recently ordered the Town to be quarantined in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus.
Dolo Town, a Robber farm region with population of over 15,000 people, was quarantined by the government recently following the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic. Speaking to journalists in the town on Tuesday August 26, 2014, a Kissi Governor, Mr. Saah Kollie said, the people were starving due to shortage of food and safe drinking water.
According to him, since Dolo Town was quarantined last Wednesday, the government has only distributed 200 bags of 25-Kilogram of rice to the over 15,000 people.
He said, some basic food items, including rice were hardly found in shops, adding that the few shops that were still operating were hiking the prices of the commodities, something he declared ordinary people in the quarantine town could not afford.
Mr. Kollie asserted that the situation was seriously undermining the fight against the lethal Ebola disease since the decision was taken abruptly by the regime.
Meanwhile, the local official has called on the regime and partners to quickly help address the situation if the war against the virus would be successful and many lives save.
Another resident, Ms. Monica Lackay, also told reporters that the lack of food was a difficult situation which pregnant women and children were enduring.
She however, warned that if urgent attention was not given to their call for help, there could be more victims of starvation in the aftermath of the situation, particularly amongst women and children who are always the victims of crises.