Saturday, 15 November 2014

Liberian Govt Employs Witchdoctors To Rid World Of Ebola

Witch doctor Joko Moses Kuyon believes Ebola can be cured with tobacco and herbs
                  Witch doctor Joko Moses Kuyon believes Ebola can be cured with tobacco and herbs
                   Liberian witchmen claim only prayer, herbs, tobacco and God can save the millions of people in danger from the deadly disease ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
                  Ebola is a ‘plague’ sent to punish ungodly Africans and sinners who have angered God and their ancestors, according to a government witch-doctor fuelling the spread of the disease. Joko Moses Kuyon, a high priest of the African Traditional Religion, shrieks that the virus is a ‘curse’ that only traditional healers can lift. He says:
“We have sinned against God and he has brought his wrath on us by bringing a plague. 
This is a plague and it has a spiritual connection. We have sinned against God and he has brought his wrath on us so we have asked the ancestors to appeal to God. We have the cellphone number for the ancestors and we dial the number and they relay the message to the almighty.”
Charities say community leaders such as the healer are damaging the fight against Ebola and driving the scale of the problem underground
Charities say community leaders such as the healer are damaging the fight against Ebola and driving the scale of the problem underground
The highly-respected government figure – who preaches to tens of thousands and is the ‘head witch doctor’ in his region – is simply one among dozens driving the epidemic underground. Witch-doctors and preachers are increasingly being blamed for preventing ordinary Africans from complying with crucial hygiene methods.
Health workers from the Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society Burial Team place a body in a grave
Health workers from the Sierra Leone’s Red Cross Society Burial Team place a body in a grave
Only today a burial team was prevented from removing a contagious body in New Kru Town, a Monrovia slum, because local people wanted to perform traditional healing rituals for the dead. Community leaders are accused of being highly irresponsible as they claim that can make a direct ‘cell phone call’ to ancestors to drive away Ebola are making it worse.
Witchdoctors are highly-respected government figure  who preaches to tens of thousands
Witchdoctors are highly-respected government figure who preaches to tens of thousands
The Ebola virus has killed more than 5,000 people around the world, according to the latest statistics released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The organisation’s latest figures on the outbreak reveal 14,098 reported cases of Ebola, with 5,160 reported deaths, rising from 4,960 on Friday, largely concentrated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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