Oct 09

Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus, against a 100 US dollar weekly risk-taking compensation, on October 8, 2014 in Freetown. (AFP Photo/Florian Plaucheur)

UK to send 750 troops to Sierra Leone in Ebola support effort (RT, Oct 8, 2014):

Prime Minister David Cameron will send 750 troops to the West African state of Sierra Leone in an effort to help contain the Ebola virus and to build a specialist treatment center.

The announcement comes after the PM chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency response committee.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus, equipped with a 100-bed medical complex,and three Merlin helicopters to aid troop movements will also be sent to West Africa.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) previously announced that 40 soldiers based in Northern Ireland have been deployed to Sierra Leone. Continue reading »

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Sep 26


Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket (Natural News, Sep 26, 2014):

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it’s already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect until Ebola is eradicated. This essentially means that millions of people are now under a state of military quarantine until they either become immune to Ebola or die from it.

“President Ernest Bai Koroma put Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba districts under isolation with immediate effect, allowing only people delivering essential services to enter and circulate within these areas,” reports Associated Press. [1] “The restrictions will remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken, officials said.” Continue reading »

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Sep 23

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Medical martial law declared in Sierra Leone; Ebola victims hunted like fugitives in house-to-house searches (Natural News, Sep 19, 2014):

EBOLA ALERT: Medical martial law has now been declared in Sierra Leone while the government conducts a house-to-house hunt for Ebola victims who are being treated like “medical fugitives.”

“Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday,” declared the Associated Press today. [1] Continue reading »

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Sep 08


Ebola outbreak is a unique ‘perfect storm’ (USA TODAY):

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is distinctly different from any over the last 40 years, several public health officials said Monday, making it far more challenging to control.

As of Friday, 3,944 people had been confirmed infected with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal since December, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has admitted that it is likely under-counting cases. More than half of the victims have died.

US, Britain to send troops to help fight Ebola in West Africa (Los Angeles Times):

he United States and Britain are sending troops and equipment to West Africa to help curb the spread of Ebola, officials said Monday, as the World Health Organization warned that the outbreak is outstripping the capacity to respond in one of the worst-hit countries.

The military forces will build treatment facilities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to help care for victims of the virus, which has killed more than 2,000 people since it was detected in March.

Ebola spread is exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected soon: WHO (Reuters)

Breaking news: Liberia’s Ebola problem far worse than imagined, says WHO (Science AAAS)

Ebola Cases Reported Up Sharply in Liberia(New York Times)

The view from Sierra Leone as it faces a governent-imposed Ebola lockdown (Vox) Continue reading »

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Aug 26

‘Shoot on sight’ orders given to contain Ebola outbreak (Natural News, Aug 25, 2014):

As panic grows from the current Ebola outbreak, which began in Africa and continues to ravage scores of people on the continent, authorities are becoming more resolute in preventing its spread, even adopting extreme measures that involve armed force.

As reported by Sky News, the armed forces of Liberia have been given orders by the government to shoot people trying to cross illegally from the border of neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of the disease.
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Mar 07

Highly recommended article.

An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens

A woman tends vegetables at a giant Saudi-financed farm in Ethiopia.

We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia’s largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 20 hectares – the size of 20 football pitches.

The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 500m rows in computer controlled conditions. Spanish engineers are building the steel structure, Dutch technology minimises water use from two bore-holes and 1,000 women pick and pack 50 tonnes of food a day. Within 24 hours, it has been driven 200 miles to Addis Ababa and flown 1,000 miles to the shops and restaurants of Dubai, Jeddah and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Ethiopia is one of the hungriest countries in the world with more than 13 million people needing food aid, but paradoxically the government is offering at least 3m hectares of its most fertile land to rich countries and some of the world’s most wealthy individuals to export food for their own populations.

The 1,000 hectares of land which contain the Awassa greenhouses are leased for 99 years to a Saudi billionaire businessman, Ethiopian-born Sheikh Mohammed al-Amoudi, one of the 50 richest men in the world. His Saudi Star company plans to spend up to $2bn acquiring and developing 500,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia in the next few years. So far, it has bought four farms and is already growing wheat, rice, vegetables and flowers for the Saudi market. It expects eventually to employ more than 10,000 people.

But Ethiopia is only one of 20 or more African countries where land is being bought or leased for intensive agriculture on an immense scale in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era.

An Observer investigation estimates that up to 50m hectares of land – an area more than double the size of the UK – has been acquired in the last few years or is in the process of being negotiated by governments and wealthy investors working with state subsidies. The data used was collected by Grain, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Land Coalition, ActionAid and other non-governmental groups.

The land rush, which is still accelerating, has been triggered by the worldwide food shortages which followed the sharp oil price rises in 2008, growing water shortages and the European Union’s insistence that 10% of all transport fuel must come from plant-based biofuels by 2015. Continue reading »

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