Ebola Patient And Family Ostracized
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]