Challenges facing Liberia exacerbated by the Ebola health challenge

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Safe burials for people who die of Ebola. (UNifeed video capture)

The challenges facing Liberia are being exacerbated by the Ebola health emergency, the UN Peacekeeping chief warned.

Despite making remarkable strides in rebuilding its institutions after more than a decade of civil war, the country is still grappling with its recovery.

Briefing the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday, Hervé Ladsous shared again fears that these gains might be reversed.

Of the three West African countries affected, Mr. Ladsous noted that Liberia had the highest infection rates.

"I spoke about our fear of reversal triggered by the Ebola crisis and the Council is familiar with the challenges facing Liberia and these have been exacerbated by the health emergency. Political and social divisions in Liberia are deepening and already weak, national institutions are showing increased vulnerability. Under the present circumstances, the very survival of the most economically vulnerable people is at risk." (33″)

Mr Ladsous advised the Council not to consider a drawdown of UN troops and police before the Ebola crisis is over.

The mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) expires on 31 December.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’20″

 

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