Ebola: Life under quarantine

Collection with 26 media items created by kierankesner

22 Sep 2014 14:51

The plane came to a rough landing as it skidded to a stop on the decaying runway. Upon exiting passengers were met with an army of people rushing to take our temperature with thermometers shaped like guns aimed at our heads. I would soon come to realize these thermometers as a frightening reminder that if the number read 101.5 Fahrenheit or higher, it might as well be a real gun they were placing to my head. Washing my hands with chlorine, I proceeded through the cacophony of customs where my passport was quickly stamped and I was sent on my way. Over the next week I would come face to face with Ebola; photographing the sick, dead and every stage of the virus in between. Realizing the severity of this epidemic that sets a country back after steadily making gains from the destruction caused by civil war from 1989-2003.

In the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia and nearby towns and villages, everyday life has nearly come to a halt as aid workers try to get ahead of the disease, setting up testing and washing stations, and as authorities try to enforce quarantines set up to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of Monrovia.

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Joe Blow Town, Liberia
By kierankesner
30 Aug 2014

The new pastor preaches to church members at Bethel Heart of Faith Church in a prayer for the many members of their church they have lost in the past week, including their pastor and assistant pastor.

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Joe Blow Town, Liberia
By kierankesner
30 Aug 2014

Church members at Bethel Heart of Faith Church prayed after loosing many members of their church in the past week including their pastor and assistant pastor.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Jul 2014

Residents of West Point contained from entering greater Monrovia.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
02 Sep 2014

The team in charge of burning the bodies of Ebola victims dress in PPE before transporting the bodies from a truck to the incinerator.

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Joe Blow Town, Liberia
By kierankesner
30 Aug 2014

A chlorine hand washing station at the entrance to Bethel Heart of Fatch Church.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Jul 2014

Resident walks through West Point carrying clothes to be washed in chlorine.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Jul 2014

Pharmasist sits with empty shelves in his store due to the recent quarantine of West Point.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Jul 2014

A West Point resident washes his hands in chlorine as a neighbor in a medical mask attends to the washing station.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Jul 2014

Security appointed to West Point - a district of Monrovia, Liberia quarantined because of the Ebola outbreak.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A woman comes in for a routine check to see the status of her pregnancy at a health care facility in West Point.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A man suspected of being sick with Ebola waits at a healthcare facility being frequently visited by regular patients.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A healthcare worker in West Point says they are severely understaffed.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A security guard in West Point stands with his temperature stapled to his shirt. People entering and leaving West Point have them temperatures checked and recorded.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A man stands outside the Ebola holding facility. Denying he had Ebola, many people came up to this man and physically interacted with him.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A woman in West Point is found dead of Ebola related symptoms in the middle of the night.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

Body removal team preps a body to be removed from the West Point facility.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A body removal team washes themselves with chlorine after removing bodies in West Point.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A team cleans an area where a suspected Ebola patient sat outside waiting hours for treatment - potnentialy infecting others in the process.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

West Point residents look on as a truck carries away the bodies of Ebola victims.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

Three people display different levels of PPE (personal protective equipment) in West Point.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

An operator of the 4455 hotline waits for calls. The 4455 hotline takes calls of suspected Ebola cases and dead bodies.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Aug 2014

Men in West Point pass the time by playing soccer during the quarantine.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
28 Aug 2014

Residents of West Point are held behind a rope forming one of the quarantine lines.

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Monrovia, Liberia
By kierankesner
27 Aug 2014

A healthcare worker stands next to a woman who had died of Ebola related symptoms.