Ebola: Liberia soldiers ordered to shoot border crossers

Cape Town – The Liberian armed forces have received orders to shoot any persons crossing into the country from the neighbouring Sierra Leone.

The Daily Observer reports that soldiers are under orders to shoot on sight people who violate President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s mandate which has ordered all borders closed as the Ebola virus spreads across the country.

According to the report the Deputy Chief of Staff gave soldiers a direct instruction saying he wants to hear that someone gets a bullet in the leg - that the soldiers first fire a warning shot and then burst their legs.

The Associated Press reported that an Ebola quarantine centre was looted over the weekend, causing 30 patients to flee into surrounding areas.

Despite having tracked down some of the patients, the incident has highlighted Liberia’s struggle with the Ebola outbreak.

So far the virus has killed 1 145 of the more than 2 000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Christina Setloboko 2014-08-19 11:35:57 AM
Why would anyone want to go the ebola affected country it beats me. hai kunzima
David Callanan 2014-08-19 11:37:49 AM
Tell them they can cross freely into South Africa. We have no measures in place at all to prevent illegal border crossings, in fact we encourage them - particularly those coming from desperately poor African countries.
Siyabonga Kurios Phungula 2014-08-19 11:57:57 AM
a harsh measure for sure...whole country under quarantine.
Nhlapo Phoka Ngoana Mosotho 2014-08-19 12:00:45 PM
Come to South Africa, they can cross anytime whenever they want.
Ngulubeyesilungu Emhlophe 2014-08-19 12:19:53 PM
A Zombie apocalypse finally becomes a real life situation
John Egeonu 2014-08-19 12:23:11 PM
Southafrica should try closing its boarders against Nigeria and see if Nigeria will agree to open for them ever again.
David Allcock 2014-08-19 01:02:40 PM
martial law is not far away.....this virus has got to be stopped .....its getting out of hand and i am not surprised that the measures are getting harsher and stricter...
David Allcock 2014-08-19 01:08:48 PM
martial law is not far away.....this virus has got to be stopped .....its getting out of hand and i am not surprised that the measures are getting harsher and stricter...
Andre James 2014-08-19 03:30:54 PM
Some comments here are just moronic to say the least and are unrelated to the issue. Liberia is under quarantine and it appears that the army has been instructed to shot on sight any people (women and children included)crossing the border into Liberia. Now apart from this being an inhumane act it highlights just how illprepared most African countries are at dealing with highly infectious disease outbreaks. As Africans we are critically short on administrative and people management skills. Ebola as with Marburg (of which we had several cases in SA not so long ago) kills 90% of its hosts and does not distinguish between black or white. So how about stopping pointing fingers at each other and start working together to improve our country.