The Liberian Slum Where Ebola Spreads Death Among Killer Virus ‘Deniers’

Colin Freeman, Telegraph (London), August 8, 2014

If ever there was a likely spot for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, New Kru Town in Liberia is it. A sprawling slum of the country’s war-ravaged capital, Monrovia, it is home to 50,000 people, and has next to no functioning lavatories, sinks or bathrooms.

Sewage runs openly through its maze of corrugated shacks, and in Liberia’s wet season–at its height right now–tropical torrents turn it into one vast, warm, moist, breeding pool for germs.

It hardly feels surprising then, in the wake of several locals dying from Ebola, to see health teams daubing blue crosses on a number of shacks around town.

These, however, are not to identify those who have caught the disease, but to mark the relatively few New Kru Towners who have been visited by the teams and accepted their advice on how to avoid getting it. So far, only around 500 houses have been marked–and with health workers themselves accused of spreading the disease, some parts of New Kru Town remain decidedly hostile.

“This is a very poor neighbourhood where sanitation is lacking and people are not well educated in the principles of hygiene,” said Tamba Bundor, leader of a team of hardy volunteers from local health charity Community Development Services, a Unicef partner, as he drove his car through wet, sandy backlanes.

“It is where the first victims of Ebola died in Monrovia, and most people who have been affected became so because they did not adhere to the messages of prevention.”

Nearly 1,000 people have now died of Ebola across west Africa. While the outbreak started in remote forested inland areas–possibly via fruit bats–New Kru Town is an example of the ease and unpredictability with which it has spread to urban capitals along the coastline, catching health officials off-guard.

When some initial cases first appeared in Liberia’s northern Lofa County back in March, health officials initially thought they had it under control. But in June, a resident of a district of New Kru Town known as Carpet Street died, as did several others. According to Dr Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, three of the victims passed away while they were being sheltered in a local church–a sign of how many some people believe the disease is a curse that can be cured by prayer or witchcraft.

“We must stop keeping people suspected of Ebola in our churches on ground that we can heal them,” she warned at the time. “The churches are not hospitals.”

Liberian hospitals, however, do not always inspire the kind of faith that people have in Liberian churches. A fortnight ago, one the main local health facilities, Redemption Hospital, was stoned by a mob after a woman died in there from a suspected Ebola case, following nationwide rumours that health workers were themselves passing on the disease. Today, the squat, single storey building offers redemption no more, having been shut down temporarily amid fears from staff for their own safety.

Safety is a concern too for Mr Bundor and his colleagues, who were attacked as they tried to visit the house of the bereaved family on Carpet Street.

The deceased’s relatives were insisting that their loved one had died as a result of a family curse–a cause of death that, in New Kru Town anyway, carries less social stigma than dying of an infectious disease like Ebola.

“The family of the victim were angry, saying it was a curse, not Ebola,” said Anthony Worpor, another of Mr Bundor’s health team, who was clad in a teeshirt that said ‘save lives, wash your hands before you eat’.

“A crowd gathered, and some accused us health workers of spreading the disease ourselves. They even began touching a local journalist we had brought with us, saying: ‘if you think it is us spreading it, then here you are, we will infect you’.”

New Kru Town was originally named after the Kru, a powerful ethnic group who live in both Liberia’s interior and coastal fishing communities. They were traditionally known for a certain independence of mind, and European slave traders used to complain that they were particularly resistant to capture, to the point where their price as slaves was considerably lower.

They proved equally hostile to the freed American slaves who founded Liberia in the 19th century, when the latter tried to muscle in on their trading empires.

Today, New Kru Town is home to a wider mix of ethnicities, but even so, suspicion of outside messages persists. While Mr Bundor’s education programme has already enjoyed some success, he estimates that 40 per cent of New Kru Town’s residents are still “in denial” about Ebola’s risks, and the necessary health measures to avoid it.

Indeed, some residents see to treat Mr Tanga rather like a Christian door-to-door preacher, listening to politely to his warnings but not heeding them. For example, at Alan’s Bar, a dark, dinghy shebeen, a poster warning of the dangers of Ebola already hung on the front door. Yet official health advice is to avoid bars and other public gathering places altogether right now, a message that the groups of drinkers inside, listening to blaring African disco music, have chosen to ignore.

The owner of the bar, Alan Tokba, told The Telegraph that “no dancing was allowed” inside, and that visitors were being asked to wash their hands as they went in, but Mr Bundor admitted that it was “not satisfactory”.

Nor was he entirely happy with the efforts of mother-of-three, Tina Teeh, 26. Her house already bore the blue cross of one of New Kru Town’s hygiene-converts, but the bucket of chlorinated water she had for her children to wash their hands in did not have a separate container to drip the fluid onto their hands first.

“I can’t afford it,” she told the disapproving Mr Bundor.

“But what if you end up ill?” he asked her. “Then you will have to afford hospital fees.”

Another mother who claimed to have seen the light was Julie Life, 30, who admitted having been sceptical that Ebola even existed Mr Bundor first visited her home a few days ago. Then again, she said her main reason for changing her mind was in watching a deadly virus at work in the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible II.

As Mr Bundor and his colleagues trudged off to root out New Kru Town’s remaining Ebola “deniers”, it seemed like an apt description of their task.

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  • MekongDelta69

    New Kru Town = DIE-Troit

    • APaige

      That is the place were freed African slaves in the United States were resettled. Whether sub-Saharan Black people learn about Western Civilization or even have the opportunity to take over a former White area the results are the same. De-evolution of society.

      • Jack Burton

        Many primitive tribes are so biased, stupid and irrational that they choose to live with their primitive ways in subsistence, never evolving just to spite the white man.

        As ethnocentric as the East Asians are, they knew they had to adopt our civilization and technology to progress.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Exactly. Liberia is where the boatloads of former slaves sent back to Africa were resettled. The description of this Negro purgatory needs to be perused by any White person who feels that race doesn’t matter New Kru Town is the type of community Negroes build without the help of Whites.

        • rightrightright

          “Without the help of Whites”. Even though the USA and the UN has hosed the place with massive amounts of cash, enough for them all to live like kings.

          • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

            Negroes do not deserve our help. In the old days, Whites did not shower Negroes with cash and handouts.

          • chuck_2012

            its called white guilt because of slavery. It may never end.

          • Mike

            Not if the YKWs have their way

  • If Liberian “hospitals” are not to be trusted, it’s probably because they’re only barely more hygienic than Liberian “society” in general.

    This is probably why Ebola will have a huge disparate impact in Bell Curve World but not much of anywhere else, because of a combination of the aversion to both simple hygiene both micro and macro and the incorrigible superstition and anti-intellectualism of the black African.

    • The locals there believe that sorcerers cause diseases, rather than microorganisms.

      • Nancy

        They also believe that “witches”, in the form of child dependents, can give them the stinkeye and make their “willies” shrivel up like a raisin.

        Which is convenient, especially if one has too many “witches” to support: they just kick them out onto the streets. Your average African citizen will sympathize with the parent, not the “witch child”.

      • Jack Burton

        The population are a bunch of sociopathic retards, that’s a fact.

        One of their beliefs to cure HIV is to rape children/babies.

        • IBWHITE

          “The people are a bunch of sociopathic retards, that’s a fact.”
          That’s why it amazes me that so many Whites seek out these erectines to mate and bear children with!

          • Jack Burton

            We have plenty of mentally ill people among whites as well, it just manifests differently, usually with pathological altruism, pollyannaism and self-hatred.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I do hope you are right. But the more ‘evolved’ among us tend to put hygiene concerns by the wayside when they conflict with showing compassion.

      Some of us are pathologically tolerant and this extends to bending over backward to make people who are statistically quite likely to be disease vectors ‘not feel ostracized’- by touching the crap out of them.

    • Jack Burton

      I don’t trust hospitals and doctors in America. In a third world country it barely better than treating yourself.

      • Usually Much Calmer

        I don’t trust doctors and hospitals in America either.

        I can’t even consider America and the third world as comparable anymore so a hospital in Africa is. . . simply inconceivable.

        I don’t care what they DO in it, I’m sure it aint right.

        • Jack Burton

          Well just look at all the malpractice cases, even with the best doctors money can buy.

          Getting a Staph infection is not rare.

          Hospital infections kill more Americans each year than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.

          Just read a story the other day about one of the American Idol winners dying at 35 from a blood clot. He went in to the ER, told them he thought it was a blood clot. Doctors looked at him, did nothing and sent him home. He died the next day from a blood clot. So even when you go in and tell them exactly what the problem is they still don’t/won’t help you and you die.

          • If he thought he had a blood clot, he should have taken asprin. This is an over-the-counter blood-thinner.

          • Jack Burton

            Maybe he did, we don’t know. The point is often times doctors, nurses and hospitals are worthless and kill people from neglect.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Most American Blacks are incorrigibly superstitious just like their African brethren. Trying to reason with a Negro is an exercise in futility.

  • JackKrak

    “New Kru Town”

    Mad Max + Resident Evil + Any post-apocalyptic movie you want to name = Africa

    • jane johnson

      Raccoon City.

  • IstvanIN

    We should stand back and watch.

  • John R

    A town with 50,000 Africans living there and no toilets? I don’t even want to know…..More to the point, let me say it, for the ten thousandth time, BLACKS ARE BETTER OFF IN THE UNITED STATES THAN IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! From this article we have yet another example of the “civilization” that blacks build for themselves.

    • That place sounds like Ground Zero for a major cholera epidemic. Between 2010 and 2013 there were multiple major cholera outbreaks in tropical west Africa. Heavy seasonal rainfall and poor sanitation assisted the spread.

      • Kenner

        It’s happening now. The fear of catching Ebola is keeping Liberians from going to hospitals to be treated for cholera and malaria, so all are spiraling out of control.

    • Jack Burton

      So when do you think they’ll start thanking us for taking them across the Atlantic? They’re far better off than their “free” racial cousins.

  • phorning

    They even began touching a local journalist we had brought with us,
    saying: ‘if you think it is us spreading it, then here you are, we will
    infect you’.”

    Who could defend these people? We cannot make them act in their own self interest.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?

    • Jack Burton

      “I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.”

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “This is a very poor neighbourhood where sanitation is lacking and people are not well educated in the principles of hygiene,”

    Yet I’ll bet many or most of them have an Internet-connected cellphone.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      From an interview Obama gave to editors of the Economist (Can someone tell me how to make font changes in Disqus, by the way? I would like to italicize things properly.) earlier this week:

      “And finally, what’s fascinating about African development is the
      opportunities that they have to leapfrog certain technologies and skip
      certain phases of development, and we are very good at the technologies
      that allow countries to potentially leapfrog development. So a classic
      example being in the telecommunications sector. We invented smartphones
      and there are smartphones everywhere in Africa.”

      Because Africans use smartphones, they can skip right over industrializing their economies and going straight to post-industrial prosperity, the knowledge economy.

      • Jack Burton

        No surprise there, blacks like to run their mouth about nothing. Blacks on welfare have smart phones. That means nothing. Obama is delusional and a pathological liar as usual.

        • Matt Turner

          “I gots (sic) me an Obama phone!”

          • Jack Burton

            Remember the big outcry about blacks having their water turned off because they wouldn’t pay their bills. Bet most of them had cell phones though!

          • John R

            And were overweight from over eating, and drove cars despite not having jobs to drive to, have personal computers, television sets, eat out at restaurants, (but don’t tip, of course), have expensive sneakers, etc. No wonder so many people want to come here. Not because of how our rich people live, but because of how our “poor” people live! As Dinesh D’Souza once said, someone from his home country made this statement about the USA: “I want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”

          • Jack Burton

            There have been plenty of studies done that show that our poor have it pretty damn good. Once you add up all of the welfare, subsidies and tax breaks they get, they end up making as much as someone who works their ass off making 40-60k.

        • John R

          People on welfare with “smart” phones! Gosh, who would’a thought?

      • Matt Turner

        Smartest man to ever be President. A veritable genius. Yes: no need for the intermediary stages of civilization; just Smart Phones. Magic Phones!

        • Jack Burton

          Blacks are consumers and scavengers, nothing more. The only things black Africans have going for them are natural resources in their countries, which of course they have no idea how to extract and sell without whites.

          Watched a documentary called Big Men about the first oil reserve off the coast of Ghana. A reference to the African custom of the “big man” who dominates others and takes all the money, which they proudly show off with jewelry. This same racial phenomenon is also seen with American rappers with their overabundance of jewelry and gold teeth. The main problem with that is that they all want to be big men, always envious of the other.

        • Chasmania

          ” Magic Phones ! ”
          Hilarious. I literally laughed aloud.

      • So what blacks can use smartphones? If it’s something the typical black African can master, it must not take much to master. Now, let’s see them design a ‘phone.

        But it goes one level deeper than that. Steve Sailer reminded us a few months ago that even Somalia has functioning cell phone service, and that the real indicator of whether a given society was first world, high trust, high social capital, high altruism and high personal-technological organization was based on the general quality of the country’s hard wired land line analog telephony network. That the winners were white North America and northwestern Europe.

        It could have never happened in Somalia, because when the Oogaboogas and the Oingoboingos would inevitably get into a state of belligerence somewhere between gang feud and civil war, it would bring down the telephone polls, and break the wires. Or maybe some Ayatoldyaso Kockamamie imam in Mogadishu would issue a fatwa against copper wiring, claiming that it was an affront to Allah, or maybe some blinged-out warlord, one of the few people in the country with a car, would be driving around either drunk or high, and slam into and bring down a telephone pole, or some psychotic raging out woman would cut the wires leading to the town where an ex-boyfriend she hates resides, or something like that.

        • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

          Sounds so similar to the way American Blacks live. An outbreak of senseless violence is always a heartbeat away. This is why Whites abandon Black neighborhoods, even most of the Leftist Liberals.

        • phorning

          Some of this is covered in The Idealist, by Nina Munk. Jeffrey Sachs convinces Ericsson to setup on cell phone network running off solar power cell towers. Sachs gives out free cell phones, but most of the people didn’t have electricity and couldn’t keep their phones charged. One of the few villagers who does have electricity starts a cell phone charging business. Needless to say, it didn’t lead to any economic development.

          • Unless black people talking to each other is counted as GDP, then it would not have.

      • rightrightright

        He’s reassuring his own kind “you don’t need to build that”.

    • John R

      They don’t know basic hygiene, but they sure as hell know how to make more babies, don’t they? Blacks are the same everywhere.

  • Blacks: They never fail to “enrich” and make “vibrant” every community they reside in!

  • Luca

    Explaining hygiene to Africans would be like explaining calculus to a chimpanzee. Why waste your time?

    • John R

      Yeah, even chimps try and keep their nests clean.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Even when they ‘get it’ about the germ theory, they do it wrong.

    Here is a photo from Vox yesterday of a ‘handwashing station’ outside a Chinese hospital in Guinea. The women are wearing open shoes standing the the waste water that has cleansed their hands.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Technical difficulties

  • TruthBeTold

    From Wikipedia:

    The American Colonization Society is now widely regarded as being a failure in this effort – only an estimated 528 free African Americans were convinced to move to Liberia.

    One would think that slavery in America, being the horror we’re told it was, would have encouraged slaves to flee America given the opportunity.

    • Jack Burton

      Mostly because there was no money in it for whites, and other than making a political statement or being a resentful black militant, there’s no real benefit in it for blacks to go from a first world country to a third world country full of crime and disease.

    • Chasmania

      Slavery wasn’t as bad for most blacks as the historians would have us believe.

      “Everything You Were Taught about the Civil War Is Wrong, Ask a Southerner!” is an interesting read for those interested in hearing a more accurate story of the South, and slavery.

  • Jack Burton

    Not just overpopulation, but a defense against blacks eating them.

    That’s part of the Godzilla story, nature’s vengeance right. Same thing here.

  • Matt Turner

    Am I reading The Onion?

  • JohnEngelman

    If ever there was a likely spot for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, New Kru Town in Liberia is it. A sprawling slum of the country’s war-ravaged capital, Monrovia, it is home to 50,000 people, and has next to no functioning lavatories, sinks or bathrooms.

    Sewage runs openly through its maze of corrugated shacks, and in Liberia’s wet season–at its height right now–tropical torrents turn it into one vast, warm, moist, breeding pool for germs.

    – Colin Freeman, Telegraph (London), August 8, 2014

    Haiti looks the same way. Liberia was created for freed slaves. Haiti was created by freed slaves. This is what black countries decline to when they lack white oversight. It is what the United States would look like if all the whites left.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Sounds as though the mighty force of natural selection is working its wonders. We certainly should not interfere.

  • Fathercoughlin

    Now we know where to locate the Obama Presidential Library!

    • Chasmania

      Sounds like they need a good source of paper to wipe with, so it’s a win – win for everyone.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Ebola is a bad thing. The fear of Ebola is a good thing. Fear of a highly contagious disease is the only thing that will avoid a full-on Camp of the Saints type scenario. It’s the only humane justification bleeding-heart-liberal western populations will have for denying mass immigration from Africa when the epic starvation period comes (from peak energy, resource depletion, global economic collapse, wars, etc).

    • jayvbellis

      Agreed. Stress these arguments with Liberals. Mass immigration will destroy public health for poor American Blacks. American blacks do not want mass African immigration for this reason.

    • As they might say in Louisiana: Bingeaux.

      Why is the left in a full court press to grant civil rights to the Ebola virus? Because they know that the fear of an Ebola pandemic is intertwined with immigration politics.

  • Jack Burton

    There are individuals who will say it, but not collectively, no popular organization will admit that.

    What he said wasn’t thanking white people though, so no it wasn’t to that effect. He thanked God, not whites.

    Blacks who have been to Africa, even militant scum like Jay-Z admit that as much as blacks complain in the US, they are not the worst off. Black Africans are much worse off. That’s not the equivalent of showing appreciation to whites.

    • jane johnson

      Did you even read the second paragraph of the Times article? It basically

      • Jack Burton

        Were you dropped on your head as a child?

        You have a comprehension problem. You were being contrary to my question, which IS THE WHOLE POINT. IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THEY’VE BENEFITED, THERE CAN’T BE A DISPUTE ABOUT THAT FACT. THE POINT IS WHEN WILL THEY BE GRATEFUL TO WHITES. You said Ali did say something to that effect, and as I already said, NO HE DID NOT.

        Your comments are completely irrelevant trolling.

        • jane johnson

          Are you off your meds? And stop shouting; it’s rude.

    • John R

      True. No black person would ever publicly thank us Whites for anything. But just saying, “I am sure lucky my ancestors came here…” is coming close to saying the same thing, and doing so implicitly. Much better than saying, “Slavery was bad; whites brought us here in chains; racism; segregation; boo hoo…”

      • Jack Burton

        No, it’s not, as one is of an ungrateful parasitic nature, very different context.

        The obvious escapes you and you don’t know your history. Ali was a member of NOI, that’s why he changed his name. He was a black militant.

        • John R

          That is why I prefixed my comment by saying that I normally do not have much use for most of what Ali said. And I characterized his statement as going “off script.” Whether you are an Ali fan or not, in that one interview, he supported our position-albeit unintentionally-far more than all of the “conservative” White spokespeople ever had. I dare say even Mr. Jared Taylor could not have done it better!

  • My politically incorrect craziness comes from two of my bad habits: Paying attention and noticing things.

    Only for trained professional bigots. Don’t try those at home.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    “The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!”

    • Kenner

      I googled that, and I’m glad I did. Kipling was a prophet.

  • Jack Burton

    Reminds me of the exchange between Hannity and Malik Shabazz. The black person is advocating for racial preservation and the white man, a retarded Brit in this case, is advocating for miscegenation. That’s the bizarro world we’ve had since the 60s.

    The reason Ali had those beliefs is because he was raised in the South, so he had a Southern mentality about race to begin with. While Brits and Yankees are obsessed with egalitarianism and ideological abstractions.

  • TotallyPeeved

    You can’t fix stupid. These sub humans cannot learn. Period. Let’s talk about that POS liberian that somehow became a US citizen and how he deliberately lied about being exposed so he could come here and infect the humans that allowed him to live a decent life. STOP ALL IMMIGRATION FROM APRICA AND THE KORANIMAL COUNTRIES. Seal the border with land mines and a line of people that will shoot to kill. Operation Wetback II. And deport all politicians, with no pensions.

  • chuck_2012

    most of liberia is an s-hole with Monrovia being the worst. Negros are too indolent, too backward and simply too stupid to make their own lot better. They wait with the begging bowl out for money and donations. The3y have not one idea in their heads on how to make a better society.

  • captainc

    If they don’t die under this condition, they will be superhuman, by simply mimicking cockroaches and carrying deadly viruses to any species.


    Non-functioning toilets for non-functioning blacks

  • jayvbellis

    The solution is to bring everyone in Liberia to the United States. Libertarians will tell is this is good for America.

  • Now this is simply a highly predjudiced viewpoint. CNN just carried an article about African airports. This is complete with pictures; see below

  • Anonymous

    “This is a very poor neighbourhood where … people are not well educated in the principles of hygiene”

    It’s astounding that what comes instinctively to a house cat or even a bird has to be taught to a human.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Sewage runs openly through its maze of corrugated shacks, and in Liberia’s wet season–at its height right now–tropical torrents turn it into one vast, warm, moist, breeding pool for germs.

    This is top notch black toilet technology. Please don’t knock it.