"The Uncertainty is the Scariest Part" - An Account from Liberia

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The uncertainty is the scariest part.

That's the situation William Johnson, of Harbel, Liberia, is in right now. Johnson's sister and brother-in-law live in Greensboro. They're forced to watch in horror as the Ebola Virus ravages their home country.

"The impression is that the disease has spread over a large population of our country so that's the fearful part," said Johnson. He, his wife and 2-year-old son, who was born in Greensboro, live in Harbel, Liberia. Ebola is spreading around them.

"We can't really move around because you don't know who you're going to meet," said Johnson. "And the person you do encounter, is a carrier of the Ebola Virus? It is kind of difficult. Most of the time we are at home, we can't move around."

Or go to work. Johnson's wife, Sia, is a teacher, but all the schools are closed.

Even going to the local hospital isn't really an option anymore. "Any symptom you show whether it's fever, or whether it's asthma or pneumonia or malaria, you will be placed in the category of potential ebola patient," said Johnson.

Johnson says they constantly hear alerts on radio and television advising people to quit doing things they normally do. "The government is trying to avoid people being together."

"The good thing about it is, just to know that they're ok," said Reverend Wheigar Bright, Johnson's brother-in-law.

Bright lives in Greensboro. He's grateful they're able to keep in touch, knowing there's really only one thing he can do.

"Keep on praying."

Johnson says he has a plan in place to get his wife and son out of the country if conditions worsen. He's just not sure if and when that will happen.

Liberians living in the Triad will hold a prayer service and fundraiser for Liberia Sunday August, 24. It starts at 5pm at Praise International Church in Greensboro. Everyone is welcome.

The Ebola Outbreak is still growing in West Africa.

The World Health Organization reports 113 new cases and an additional 84 deaths.

Since December, the Ebola Virus has killed more than 1,200 people and infected more than 2,200.


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