May 13, 2015
A family of 13 in Kumala village, Nieni Chiefdom in the Koinadugu District are crying out for justice after the only house they called home was burnt down by district stakeholders in a bid to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, which has claimed the lives of over 30 people in the district.
According to Namisa Jalloh, wife of the house owner, in November last year some unidentified persons dropped some sick people in their house when they were away working in their farm.
On returning home, they met the strangers in their house who later died and were tested positive for Ebola. As a result, district stakeholders including heads of the Koinadugu District Ebola Taskforce visited the village and instructed youths to set the house ablaze without prior consultation with the affected family, she explained.
“Our rice and other foodstuffs, as well as clothes, beds, and other household items were all burnt down. We were not allowed to take out anything,” she said.
Madam Jalloh stated that her husband, Sayon Jalloh, has disappeared from the village because he cannot pay for the rented apartment the family is currently occupying. He ran away from the village leaving the whole family of 13 to be cared for by her, she said.
“Now the rains are here and the house, which is without any proper roofing, will soon collapse,” lamented Madam Jalloh. “Nobody has ever spoken to us about any help whatsoever. We think we are being treated this way because we are poor. We want the world to know that our family has been treated unfairly.”