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Vol 55 No 25

Published 19th December 2014

Sierra Leone

Freetown under fire on Ebola

The government’s handling of the epidemic comes in for criticism as cases rise in the Eastern Province

On 12 December, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued an edict banning all Christmas celebrations, especially the street festivals and masquerades for which Freetown is famous. On 25 December, soldiers will be deployed on the streets of the capital to enforce the ban. In Liberia, however, exactly four weeks earlier, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced that the goal was to ensure there were no new cases by Christmas Day. This marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes. With its apparently more robust state institutions, Sierra Leone appeared to be handling the crisis with greater confidence than Liberia.

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