LIBERIA: Muslim Community Hopeful About President Sirleaf’s “Ebola Must Go” Campaign

The Secretary General of the National Muslim Council of Liberia has described as optimistic President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent launch of the “Ebola Must Go” campaign.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press briefing in Monrovia Wednesday, Sheikh Akibu Sheriff described the President’s campaign as a step in the right direction to eradicate the deadly disease from Liberia.

He pledged the Muslim community’s cooperation to ensure that the president’s campaign becomes a reality.

According to Sheriff, the Muslim community is the most vulnerable in the  ongoing Ebola crisis in the country, noting that some religious and traditional practices, especially the bathing of dead bodies, contributed immensely to the loss of many lives in the Muslim community.

Sheriff did not say how many Muslims have died from the Ebola virus, but alluded to denial and the dissemination of false and superstitious information among Muslims as factors responsible for the many deaths.

According to Sheriff, awareness campaigns and support from government, Inter-religious Council of Liberia as well as philanthropic organizations averted the death of more Muslims.


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