Liberians Mourn Their Dead – allAfrica.com


-Reflect On How Ebola Treated Their Relative

The Second Wednesday in the month of March is set aside by the government of Liberia by an act of legislation exclusively to commemorate the dead.

Each year, Liberians gather at various grave sites mourning their departed relatives.

It is an emotional day as people are seen crying at various grave sites while others are seeing drinking so as to take away their sorrows and dancing to the beats of music in public places.

However the day is commemorated, it makes relatives of the dead to recollect the memories of their family members and how painful their departure was.

One of those people who will never forget about how their family members died are those who lost their relatives the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

On Wednesday, Liberians pulled in at the Ebola cemetery ; a place which was used during the days of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

As they walked in, they were seen crying out loud calling the names of their relatives.

” Each time we come here I feel the pain. Whenever I see the grave of my mother, it can really hurt me a lot” Laurence Tarpah, a son of one of those who died during the days of the deadly EVD period on Liberia.

Laurence, like others, has gone with his aunt Fatu Sumo to pay respect to his mother whose death according Fatu, was not Ebola related, but due to the nature of the virus, her uncle and others took the body at the Ebola grave yard.

As others entered the Ebola cemetery, they walked to their relatives grave, laid special flowers and offer prayers in memory of them.

One person who has been around the site for a prolong period of time is, Cater Zinnah- a young Liberian who kept the record when dead bodies were putting into the site.

From 2014 to 2018 he worked at the site, but later resigned due to low payment of salary by the National

Zinnah who took reporters that have gone to the site on a guarded tour said,” As a young person to see yourself working at the grave site is you will not feel Happy. I did it because of the love of my country.”

Zinnah worked at the site for four years and he was responsible for keeping of the records and printing of names on the crosses placed at the head of the various graves.