October 6, 2014 7:41 am -

Thomas Eric Duncan and his girlfriend, Lousie Troh, with whom he has a daughter, are being isolated and ostracized from the Liberian community.


Troh’s other daughter, Youngor Jallah, 35, who cared for Duncan before calling the ambulance to get him, was told Sunday by CDC officials that she no longer has to isolate herself and her family.

“They came today to say it is okay if I want to go out,” she said.

But Youngor said she feels that people outside her apartment do not want her to come close. Last week, a neighbor standing outside Youngor’s home pointed a finger at her door.

“That is the Ebola family there,” the woman said.

Mawhen Jallah, who lives several miles from her sister, said that last week her daughter’s babysitter, a friend, called to demand that she remove the 2-year-old girl from her home day care.

“My friend said, ‘I don’t want for your daughter to be here until everything is over,’ ” Mawhen said. “That broke my heart. But I cannot do anything, because I know everybody is afraid.”

She said that people have posted sharp comments on Facebook about the family and that others have whispered, refusing to come close, fracturing a close-knit community of Liberians who had traveled here from a war-torn country to seek refuge.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Ebola Patient And Family Ostracized

  1. William October 6th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    By the way.

    • R.J. Carter October 6th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      You’re supposed to include Chicago gun deaths in statements like that, and contrast it to Obama’s (usual) silence on the issue.

  2. Tammy Minton Haley October 6th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    i wish people were terrified of their children getting measles…

    • Pick6 October 8th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      I wish people were deathly afraid of Fox, the entire cabal of Limbeckians, all xtians, and every single GOTPer politician/pundit. Tragically, Ebola kills humans, but those folks are trying to kill our secular democracy and destroy life as we now live it, flaws and all. The hatriots have coalesced around mutual hatred of our President, our government, and targeted fellow citizens. Sadly, inch by inch, they’ve been gaining ground for a few decades while few took notice, then WHAM!, Obama is elected and their numbers grew by miles. I fear them more than Ebola – for myself, my family, and our nation.

      • Tammy Minton Haley October 8th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

        hey, you! i’ve missed ya!

        of course, you’re right…and, i’m afraid, too…

  3. pamacs October 8th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    “You’ve got people like Rush Limbaugh saying that Obama purposely wants Ebola…” Alan you demean yourself and damage your credibility with such a demonstrably false characterization of Limbaugh. He never said anything like that and I’m sure you don’t appreciate such indirect referential smears used against you. You should apologize or prove your assertion.

    • Pick6 October 8th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Huh? Where did Alan mention Limbaugh?