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Culture / Re: Complaints And Notice Thread. Be Serious! by anonymous6(f): 5:46pm On Aug 21
Can you put this thread on the front page:
Foreign Affairs / Re: Ebola Travel: South Africa Bans Incomers From W Africa- BBC by anonymous6(f): 5:33pm On Aug 21
To slow this Ebola disease from spreading is the best way forward, African countries are stepping up with this
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 7:29am On Aug 21
I never said everyone should march in the streets of a Ferguson. I am not. I'm also waiting to hear what the final outcome of the investigation is. You though are talking from both sides. First you say it's not really a racial thing and then you say let famous black Americans handle it. Why? Also Nigerians in America are definitely following the story. Palestinians are following the story. Syrians are following the story and yes Latinas are also speaking out. My friend us organizing a march on Sunday and she is white. Anybody who feels that there was an injustice done is speaking up. I can understand Nigerians in Nigeria not being bothered but Nigerians in America?? I think I understand what you're trying to say. It's your mindset and I respect that. I just think Nigerians who live in the United States need to understand that at the end of the day any injustice that happens as a result of someone simply having dark skin affects us all. Honestly people are getting tired of this use of excessive force by the police. Not just black people. People of all races and creed.

I feel it's not really racial but it seems some african Americans think so and if it bothers them then they need to involve famous african American to speak for them. Nigerians in America like every community in America is following it but there are differences in opinion. You have points about excessive force by policemen in America and that's why this issue is a mess as I have said. More and more is coming out of the case, so we will see


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 5:16am On Aug 21
Lol. This just blows my mind. You do know that Black Americans died so that you can have the same education that white people in America (the country of your birth) have. Do you know that if it was not for them you probably would have 4 kids at home working menial jobs with a husband possibly in a chain gang jus because you are black. I don't subscribe to this idea that every single thing should be black or white. Honestly it's getting old. I am tired of seeing Al Sharpton's anorexic looking face on TV. But for you to think though that the freedoms you have in America just happened because your parents hoped on a plane many years ago is kind of unsettling for me.

I get it and I know what black Americans have done for all Americans especially african Americans progress during the civil rights movement and they succeeded in getting rights for themselves and as a result today Asians, Africans, Hispanics, caribbeans and african Americans have equal rights today. That's why Oprah, president Obama and many famous african Americans was made possible today. However that has nothing to do with what is going on in ferguson. So to tie the two together and say because of the civil rights movement, everybody should join the ferguson fight is ridiculous. Not Africans but Famous african Americans should be speaking about this, not just sharpton and jackson.


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 3:56am On Aug 21

So why do you think we should not be a part of what's going on

well first of all if some africans want to, like the OP, why not? don't see a large population doing that though but I don't think it should be forced or made a agenda on non-african american black communities, when Black african themselves are not protesting to african americans to involve themselves by force in their issues.


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 3:43am On Aug 21

So basically you're saying let's benefit from something you refuse to contribute to. Are you black? Do you live in the United States? If you answered yes to any of those questions then it is your problem too. Not "their" problem

Benefit from what exactly? protesting on the street right? I am black and live in the United states I was born in America from Nigerian parents. Their is racism in America and all blacks(Caribbean, africans and etc) living in America experience it one way or another but the way each community reacts and addresses it is totally different. African americans mentality of how they address racism is different from Africans majority of the time. So their problem and our problem does creep up sometimes. Do you see black Hispanics living in America saying everything going on in the african american community is their problem to?


Foreign Affairs / Re: South African Officers Caught On Camera Having Sex In A Hospital by anonymous6(f): 3:07am On Aug 21
They couldn't wait to get home and do this; horniness got to them
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 12:11am On Aug 21
xp17: Madame, an injury to one, is an injury to all. yes, st Louis county isn't in Nigeria, and no one is talking about the st Louis county. what we are talking about is racial discrimination involved. and what happened to mike Brown is not just Ferguson's , but to the entire black race, which comprises on Nigeria and other black Africa countries.

Nigeria has her problems, likewise the States. when the states declared a war against Iraq and Afghanistian, it was not Nigeria's problem, hence we kept mute. hitherto, Nigerians has not interfered in the uprising in West , because it's none of her business. even when her neighbor, the Liberians ,were dieing of Ebola, it wasn't Nigeria's business , until the "mad man" brought it in.

there's been a lot of improvement, but not good enough. the black race deserves to be in an egalitarian society with the rest.

we need justice.
when do we need it? now!
no justice, no rest.

Sorry it is a Ferguson issue, Racial discrimination? TRAYVON MARTIN YES, this case hmmm, please take that to african american forums. Walking in the middle of the street and not cooperating with a policeman doesn't sound like racial discrimination, it sounds like a troublemaker(whether he was asian, white, black and etc). Many media outlets(especially CNN a hour ago) have said that witnesses who were all black american and were present there, have conflicting stories about what happened after the cop stopped him in the middle of the road, some said Brown provoked the cop or the cop took it to far. What the hell was he doing in the middle of the road in the first place? in Nigeria he would have been knocked down on the road. Like I said this is a Ferguson issue, since certain behaviors are allowed in America but in Nigeria No. Did Mike Brown deserve to die? HELL NO, does racial profilining/discrimination exist in America? HELL YES, but was it racial discrimination?............

The OP asked what africans felt about this Ferguson rioting, and people are giving their opinions but that's where it will end with most africans because this is not a issue that hit close to home to them, it's actually Ebola that did. The Trayvon case had more africans talking but that didn't nudge them like Ebola has done. What they need is President Obama, Oprah and more african american celebrities to speak up about this like they did in Trayvon Martins case, not africans.


Foreign Affairs / Re: Graphic Photos: Ebola Task Force Open Fire On Resident Of Ebola Slum In Liberia by anonymous6(f): 8:41pm On Aug 20
wow this is sad
Foreign Affairs / Re: How Nigeria Sees The World Vs How South Africa Sees The World by anonymous6(f): 8:29pm On Aug 20
magubane: NIGERIAN >
#america is in our backyard
#south africa is full of people dieing from aids
#nigeria is the giant of africa
#England is our tertiary institution
#no nation is well travelled like us
#no place on earth is like ours
#africans take our jobs......(Atleast that's what we are told)
#we are the biggest economy no matter what nigeria says
#what is africa

I didn't know these sentiments I highlighted above were expressed by Nigerians and South Africans but the rest I know. It is good for african nations to have positive mindset about their country at the sametime I don't think it's good to be in delusion about it and forget the negatives
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 6:59pm On Aug 20

It would go a long way with us if someone would speak up about the situation. After all, we supported Bring our Girls back, had protests/rallies etc. It's called support. Egypt, China, Germany etc have spoken out about this. It's selfish and unappreciative imo to want support and then not give it. These places all have national issues and they spoke up.

As I said this is a american issue and they can handle it by themselves. Many people around the world spoke about the Trayvon issue from Australia to South Africa(some agreed with Zimmerman & some with Trayvon) but didn't involve themselves in it, just because all countries plus Nigeria is speaking about this is irrelevant, after all they were all speaking about "Bring back our girls" but that still doesn't mean it's their problem. Nigeria still has their problems(as a non-western country) and this is not one of them. I'm a American born Nigerian and I feel Nigerians should concentrate on Boko Haram and put their energy on National issue's not Ferguson. The Nigerians I'm around are talking about Boko Haram & The Ebola outbreak not the Ferguson fiasco(at least not more then a few mins). Nobody deserves to get shot but Nigeria is going through their own and not going in African american forums demanding they fight for them.
I don't think it's selfish. Ferguson is not Nigeria's Problem.


Culture / Re: How Can You Marry Someone From An Ethnic Group You Claim To Hate? by anonymous6(f): 6:43pm On Aug 20
I also knew an mixed Naija/AA man who was with his White girlfriend for 3 years, engaged and planning a big church wedding. They got into a HUGE argument over the cost of the wedding.
In the midst of the argument, he said she shouted at him: "See, my parents told me not to marry a nigger, because they're low-class and cheap as hell!"
Well...he said he saw red, slapped the taste out of her mouth, grabbed her hand, snatched off the engagement ring, called off the wedding and told her to kiss his natural-born black azz. He did get a misdemeanor assault ticket for $536 dollars though, but he said he didn't care. It was worth it. Even better, knowing that he had avoided the biggest mistake of his life. No more white women for him. lol

lol, wow lucky he found out now then after he married and had kids, that would have been worse. People really need to watch out who they go out with and potentially marry, sometimes people let butterflies get into their head and miss the warning signs.
Culture / Re: How Can You Marry Someone From An Ethnic Group You Claim To Hate? by anonymous6(f): 12:42am On Aug 20
Very true!
Very weird!
I once knew a Naija man who was married to an Australian woman. She was the worst of wives. She was nasty, slovenly, neglected the kids, cheated on him and even abused him...yet he stayed. But...during an argument, she called him a nigger...and that was it for him. He divorced her and was granted sole custody of his three children.
Oh well...

wow it takes something big to make someone go 360 and the "N" was that for him, to finally cut ties with his wife. I'm glad the kids stayed with the dad, imagine the kids growing up with a person like that and the environment. The courts did a good decision
Culture / Re: Morgue Worker Had Sex With Up To 100 Corpses For 16 Years by anonymous6(f): 9:08pm On Aug 19
OMG what a sicko, this is disgusting but I have heard of similar cases like this in the media. I guess they can't get pleasure from women who are alive so they go after dead ones
Culture / Re: How Can You Marry Someone From An Ethnic Group You Claim To Hate? by anonymous6(f): 8:30pm On Aug 19
zboyd: I once had a African-American neighbor that married a white woman but was very vocal about his hate toward white people. Once during a neighborhood block party, he got drunk and was ranting and raving about how much he hated white people and wished he could kill them all, while his white wife and their four kids stood there looking like they wanted the earth to open up and swallow them. When an AA neighbor asked why he married 'Becky', if he hated whites so badly, he told the neighbor to "Shut the hell up!" and swung on him. At that, his white wife gathered up all the kids and went home. A couple of months later, we found out she filed for divorce and eventually moved back to New York where her family lived. We never saw her or the kids again. He passed away about three years later from a massive heart attack.

Same thing with an Nigerian associate. He would go on and on about how he couldn't stand "akatas", made fun of their names, the way they spoke, how ignorant and uneducated they were and how his parents warned him about associating with them, on any level. So where is he now? Married to an 'akata' woman from Mississippi State, USA, for 18 years- father of seven awesome kids and going strong.

Lastly, one of my first cousins (AA) is married to a woman from Okinawa, Japan. Coming up, he hated all things Asian. If he went to a convenience store and saw an Asian cashier behind the counter or anywhere in the store, he would turn around and walk out. But now, he has been married to his Japanese wife for the last 15 years and they have five adorable children and dote on each other.

So...the question remains...

How can you marry someone from an ethnic group you claim to hate?

1. Sometimes in genuine case's people fall in love in a community they hate and change, or change before they fall in love with the group they previously hated
2. Some people Like to have their cake and eat it to
3. Some people have psychological problems when it comes to hatred of other groups.

I have noticed that many in the African american community, especially with the men on youtube, their forums even media to a extent complain about white americans or other non-blacks and express hatred for them but are the first to marry and have children with whites; they tend to have this Pro-black/afrocentric mentality and are the first to call other blacks who don't have their mentality self haters(particularly foreign blacks) who majority of the time are married to their own Black people from their culture.

I think with Nigerians they tend to have a change of heart for the most part when they end up falling for someone of another tribe they hated before. However that "have your cake and eat it to" mentality(hate a group you marry to) I see in America, I don't see it with Nigerians but in America it's not only with african americans, many white americans and other races have it, just check Youtube, and etc where non-black americans will sleep with african americans, have children with them, brag about it, then trash them at the same time with hateful rants.
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 5:41am On Aug 19
You know what, this is what we constantly do undecided. When ebola hit w. africa, we looked the other way because "it was not our problem" just like you said. But then it got to Lagos, and now its our problem. Peradventure ECOWAS countries had gathered to contain it in Guinea, we would not be where we are today, begging other countries to deliver us with vaccines. And you know, you may think what you are saying makes sense, but it is the root of our issues. We wait for the problems to arrive at our doorstep before we tackle it angry.
Let me be clear, there are a lot of policies the US could have passed that would adversely affect Nigeria, if not for a good number of influential black folk calling the government to the carpet. Even under the Obama administration, there are instances of nigerian americans and other blacks making sure we didnt get sanctioned when we wholesale refused Africom. If the black political class in the US loses its power, best believe just like Ebola found its way from Guinea to Lagos, the crap they are enduring in the US will find its way to you.
Enough with the excuses. Its either you stand for something, or stay with the status quo and wait for the suffering to reach you. WAKE UP!

Well you have points here and there when it comes to the Ebola Virus; a Liberian that flew to Lagos, Nigeria when he wasn't suppose to fly there and got Nigeria involved in the mess. Should Nigeria have been more precautions? yes cause they could have avoided getting involved. I think when it comes to natural disasters and diseases everybody should get involved cause negativity in nature knows no color or religion but this case in Ferguson is a social mess that's ingrained in America and I see myself staying neutral cause no side was completely innocent in this story like it was innocent in the Trayvon martin case where we know that Zimmerman was wrong. I don't see America social mess with race creeping up in Nigeria cause we have our own form of it which is tribalism and religion.

There are already policies that have make it a little difficult for Nigerians internationally, didn't Obama himself threaten to not send aid to Nigeria cause of the anti-gay law passed.


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 3:00am On Aug 19

How do you know they aren't already? Ever since the trayvon martin incident, folk have been preparing at a grassroots level. Remember that Ferguson is a low working class neighborhood, meaning they live paycheck to paycheck. Disrupt a few days of work, arrest a couple and this protest should be over. But it isnt. Major news outlets are not carrying it, but there are grassroots organzations lining up lawyers and money to push this case. Even the FG knows the genie is out of the bottle and has called for the national guard. The reason you arent hearing more of the grassroots mobilization is no one wants blacks in dozens of other small towns to start getting ideas.

Why not do both? Remember the pressure black americans and nigerians applied to bring apartheid down? Even with Reagan, Cheney etc fighting all the way. some africans may be deceiving themselves, but the truth is no one has the luxury of sitting on the fence on important issues like this. If you do not choose a side, you are on the oppressor's side by default.

I never said they aren't doing anything but this is more then just grassroots issues

Some issues don't need sides or have sides it is more deeper then that, and in the Ferguson case, this is a American issue. You don't hear Africans complain or accuse african americans not speaking out to the world to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierrea Leone. You don't hear Nigerians complain about African american not helping them during the boko Haram issue, you know why cause it is not a african american issue in the end of the day. The apartheid was a special case that not only involved Africans and african americans fighting against it but many other races and nationalities got involved because the apartheid had no place in modern times. I feel it is wrong of you to accuse any one of being on the oppressors side just so you can force a agenda on a community, on a issue that isn't theres.

Sorry I don't agree that any African are deceiving themselves here


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 2:33am On Aug 19

yes I agree with you because I can African Americans need to start teaching their children to stop watch the news first of all to stop doing the Thug s*** that their doing to themselves educate themselves and to try to better themselves that's what they need to do.
after Africa I wish there was something I could do to help but unfortunately I can do but I can only keep you guys in my prayers.

exactly at least you are saying the reality of the situation. In life you have to fix your own back yard before you help fix somebody else's backyard. Many african countries have a backyard that's in a mess that needs to be fixed and they are the ones that can fix it, not Europe, America or african americans and etc but Africans. So as much as the ferguson issue is sad, this is a issue African americans need to start fixing amongst themselves (plus America to a extent), and only they can fix it.


Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 2:17am On Aug 19

afraid of Americas police.
that's why I don't watch the news. cry
we as blacks do need help from diaspora blacks.
were the minority in the country.....we need help.
some sorta union.
more black need to join corporate America all blacks from all nations...and education is key....cuz it opens doors.

African americans need to start helping themselves in their community and Black africans from their respective countries need to fix their internal problems first then joining outside problems.


Foreign Affairs / Re: Israeli Wedding Of Jew, Muslim Draws Protesters Amid War Tensions by anonymous6(f): 2:05am On Aug 19
Dreal1247: I see it extremely wrong for a muslim to marry out a christian. Islam would have killed their person that converted to christianity.

True their have been cases about this
Foreign Affairs / Israeli Wedding Of Jew, Muslim Draws Protesters Amid War Tensions by anonymous6(f): 1:47am On Aug 19
RISHON LEZION Israel (Reuters) - Israeli police on Sunday blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing guests at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted "death to the Arabs" in a sign of tensions stoked by the Gaza war.

Several dozen police, including members of the force's most elite units, formed human chains to keep the protesters from the wedding hall's gates and chased after many who defied them. Four protesters were arrested, and there were no injuries.

A lawyer for the couple, Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, both from the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv, had unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the protest. He obtained backing for police to keep protesters 200 meters (218 yards) from the wedding hall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Lezion.

The protest highlighted a rise in tensions between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel in the past two months amid a monthlong Gaza war, the kidnap and slaying of three Israeli teens in June followed by a revenge choking and torching to death of a Palestinian teen in the Jerusalem area.

A group called Lehava, which organized the wedding demonstration, has harassed Jewish-Arab couples in the past, often citing religious grounds for their objections to intermarriage. But they have rarely protested at the site of a wedding.

The groom told Israel's Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. "We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favor coexistence," he said.


Protesters, many of them young men wearing black shirts, denounced Malka, who was born Jewish and converted to Islam before the wedding, as a "traitor against the Jewish state," and shouted epithets of hatred toward Arabs including "death to the Arabs." They sang a song that urges, "May your village burn down."

A few dozen left-wing Israelis held a counter-protest nearby holding flowers, balloons and a sign that read: "Love conquers all."

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, sworn in last month to succeed Shimon Peres, criticized the protest as a "cause for outrage and concern" in a message on his Facebook page.

"Such expressions undermine the basis of our coexistence here, in Israel, a country that is both Jewish and democratic," Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud bloc, said.

Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as "worse than what Hitler did," alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two.

A surprise wedding guest was Israel's health minister, Yael German, a centrist in Netanyahu's government. She told reporters as she headed inside that she saw the wedding and the protest against it as "an expression of democracy."

Arab citizens make up about 20 percent of Israel's majority Jewish population, and the overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims. Rabbinical authorities who oversee most Jewish nuptials in Israel object to intermarriage fearing it will diminish the ranks of the Jewish people.

Many Israeli couples who marry out of their faith do so abroad.

Malka's father, Yoram Malka, said on Israeli television he objected to the wedding, calling it "a very sad event." He said he was angry that his daughter had converted to Islam. Of his now son-in-law, he said, "My problem with him is that he is an Arab."
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 12:53am On Aug 19

African americans cared about bring back our girls why don't we care about them.

you mean Obama and the few african american celebrities put up bring back our girls signs. Any way I am not saying african americans don't care but I feel, in the end of the day it isn't their issue or community, the same way we may sympathize with the Ferguson issue but it isn't our issue or community either. The Nigerian community have their own issues to deal with and put their energy into then debate about American racial politics that has nothing to do with Nigeria.
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 12:10am On Aug 19
igbo2011: Ferguson, Missouri is having a riot due to the killing of Michael Brown by the police. He was unarmed and was going to start college very soon. This is a racist attack. Africans on the continent must have solidarity with Africans in the Diaspora!!!

What are your thoughts on this and race in America?

This is a American issue, NOT a african issue in the end of the day. Nigerians have their own problems and it is wrong for you to force a issue, that is not a issue affecting Nigeria. You need to put your energy on Boko Haram, Nepa and etc NOT Ferguson, it's sad though but Nigeria has national issues already.
Foreign Affairs / Re: There Is A Race Riot Going On In America Right Now!! by anonymous6(f): 11:43pm On Aug 18
Nihilist: I don't see African Americans having solidarity with Africans on the continent during our numerous troubles though...

So why should I care?

TRUE, It's sad but this is NOT a Nigerian issue, Nigerians are dealing with Boko Haram and etc, Nigeria basically have enough problems that other communities don't care about. This is a issue Americans should deal with, not Africans.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Is Ebola A Curse From God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So by anonymous6(f): 11:38pm On Aug 18

Culture / Re: The 15 Most Overrated White People by anonymous6(f): 11:33pm On Aug 18
I'm not going to argue about Justin Bieber in the list but I feel bill Clinton shouldn't be in the list at all, he should be switched with the Kardashain Clan.

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Foreign Affairs / Is Ebola A Curse From God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So by anonymous6(f): 5:31am On Aug 18
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God.

On Friday (August cool, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola crisis ravaging the region an international health emergency. On the same day, Nigeria became the latest country in West Africa to declare the virus crisis a national emergency, the day after Spain evacuated a priest and a nun from Liberia to Madrid.

On Saturday (Aug. 9), a Congolese nun died from Ebola in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, the AP reported.

The outbreak started in December in Guinea, but was not discovered until March. It has since killed more than 1,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

“People are having different misconceptions that this is (a curse) from God,” said Bishop Sumoward Harris, now retired from the Lutheran Church in Liberia. “This is depending on how they are interpreting the Bible. But I don’t think God is angry and is issuing a punishment.”

In Liberia, more than 100 Christian leaders meeting in early August declared that God was angry and Ebola a plague. They called for prayers to seek God’s forgiveness for sins including corruption and immoral acts such as homosexuality.

Liberia’s Wilmot Kotati Bobbroh, head of the Living Water Pentecostal Church, later described the outbreak as a national curse brought by God to force repentance. Bobbroh said chlorine and soap were not working, but God’s mercy was saving people.

In Sierra Leone, a similar view is gaining credence, according to Ebun James–Dekam, general secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone.

“It has some similarities to what happened when the HIV/AIDS epidemic first occurred,” said James-Dekam.

Initially those infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone had relied on treatment from traditional healers, but this was shown to be ineffective, she said.

“Virtually all churches are relying on medical professional for treatment,” she added.

Harris said the virus spread quickly because little was known about it and the government had not mounted a robust response.

“The people had started taking relatives to prayer houses, while others administered herbal treatment,” Harris said. “By the time we realized this was an epidemic, it had grown out of proportion. We are now overwhelmed,” said Harris, while citing an urgent need for medical personnel and services.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Armed Men Attack Monrovia Ebola Clinic, 29 Patients Flee by anonymous6(f): 2:42am On Aug 18
well all I can say is

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Foreign Affairs / Infected Ebola Patients Flee After Attack On Liberia Clinic by anonymous6(f): 2:37am On Aug 18
Monrovia (AFP) - Seventeen Ebola patients in Liberia who fled from a guarantine centre after it was attacked by club-wielding youths were missing on Sunday, striking a fresh blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.

The attack on the Monrovia centre late Saturday highlighted the challenge faced by health authorities battling the epidemic that has killed 1,145 people since it erupted in west Africa early this year, spreading panic among local populations.

Doctors and nurses are not only fighting the disease, but a deep mistrust in communities often in the thrall of wild rumours that the virus was invented by the West or is a hoax.

"They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the raid in the Liberian capital's densely populated West Point slum.

The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted insults about President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and yelled "there's no Ebola," she said, adding that nurses had also fled the centre.

A health ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the youths took away medicines, mattresses and bedding from the high school which had been turned into an isolation centre to deal with the rapidly spreading virus.

The head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams, said the unit housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital.

"Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday taken by force by their relatives" from the centre, he said.

Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, and no cure or vaccine is currently available.

Victims in their final days are wracked by agonising muscular pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and catastrophic haemorrhaging described as "bleeding out," as vital organs break down.

Fallah Boima's son was admitted to the ward four days ago, and seemed to be doing well, but when the distraught father arrived for his daily visit on Sunday his son was nowhere to be seen.

"This morning I came and the security man told me that I cannot enter because the people here attacked the place," Boima told AFP.

"I don't know where he is and I am very confused. He has not called me since he left the camp. Now that the nurses have all left how will I know where my son is."

- 'Cannibalistic rituals' -

In Monrovia, residents had opposed the creation of the quarantine centre, set up by health authorities in a part of the capital seen as an epicentre of the Ebola outbreak.

"We told them not to (build) their camp here. They didn't listen to us," said a young resident, who declined to give his name. "This Ebola business, we don't believe it."

Neighbouring Sierra Leone has also battled to get patients to comply with quarantine measures as myths spread about the virus.

On Sunday, a 25-year-old patient suspected of having Ebola broke out of his isolation centre "for about an hour" before being escorted back, said health ministry spokesman Yahya Tunis.

Last month thousands tried to storm the main Ebola hospital in the eastern city of Kenema, threatening to burn it down and remove patients.

Local police chief Alfred Karrow-Kamara said the panic was caused by a former nurse who reportedly told people in the nearby fish market that Ebola was a pretence for "carrying out cannibalistic rituals".

Some 1,500 police and soldiers have been deployed in the worst-hit areas of Sierra Leone to prevent raids, but they are powerless in the face of the suspicion and fear of poorly educated traditional communities.

Health workers' pleas that relatives stop bathing the dead -- who are highly contagious -- have also increased suspicions, as many in traditional communities see ritual washing as a way of honouring the departed.

Former Sierra Leone youth and education minister Lansana Nyallah, who lost nine of his family to the virus, tried to address myths about it head on, saying: "To those who still believe that Ebola does not exist, please take heed."

Folk cures for the disease have proliferated. In Nigeria two people died and some 20 were hospitalised after they ingested an excessive amount of salt believing it could prevent Ebola.

There have also been reports in Liberia of people drinking chlorine in the hope that it will keep the disease at bay.

The Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 413 lives in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization's latest figures released August 13.
Culture / Re: Can A Bachelor Have A Housegirl Or Housemaid??? by anonymous6(f): 7:02pm On Aug 14
If you insist on a housemaid who is female, why not get a housemaid who is older, like in her 40's or 50's or get a houseboy as a alternative to avoid any inappropriate behavior or unprofessional behavior but if you insist on a housegirl in the age range you want keep it strictly in a non-personal way between you and her, any way it maybe a sign that you need a girlfriend. However if you do have a girlfriend or fiance don't get a housegirl in that age bracket.

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Culture / Re: How Can One Distinguish A Nigerian? by anonymous6(f): 5:42pm On Aug 14
No, it's hard sometimes on how others will see you as a Nigerian. Nigerians could easily pass for other West African nations due to the fact that Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups. However, it is easy to differentiate a Nigerian from a South African and a Nigerian from a Kenyan due to far different regions.
West African cultures are quite similar.

I agree but I feel west african countries that are anglophone are hard to distinguish amongst each other to a extent but a anglophone west african country vs. francophone west african country most of the times you can distinguish, this is based on my experience though. I have noticed francophone west african countries have a slurr with their accent at times and anglophone west african countries don't.
Culture / Re: Weird People The World Would Never See Again by anonymous6(f): 12:43am On Aug 14
I was expecting a list of 10 people but you put one snake guy person cheesy

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