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Yearbook 2015

Liberia. During the year, Liberia was declared several times free from the dreaded disease Ebola fever, which ravaged the country since the beginning of 2014. The first time was in May when it was found that no new cases had been reported since March. But in late June, a 17-year-old boy died in the town of Nedowein, about five miles outside the capital, Monrovia. Another handful of cases were discovered in July. In September, Liberia was again declared free of Ebola fever, but at the end of November another setback came when another boy, 15 years old, died of the disease. Two more family members were found infected after being isolated. Subsequently, no new cases were detected in the country during the year. By the end of December, 10,675 cases of Ebola fever had been identified in Liberia, of which 4,809 infected died.

2015 Liberia

After all, the sharp decline in the number of infected people allowed the return to a more normal social life. In mid-February, the country's schools were reopened after being closed since July 2014 due to the risk of infection. However, it turned out that the approximately 20,000 people who worked to limit the ravages of the disease were finding it difficult to find new jobs since the epidemic subsided. A strong contributing cause was the fear that these people could carry the disease and pass it on.

According to COUNTRYAAH, the situation in the hardest hit countries - in addition to Liberia including Guinea and Sierra Leone - continued to be critical, not least because the business sector was largely crippled by the epidemic.

In March, President Ellen Johnson urged Sirleaf the outside world to contribute to the economic recovery and called for something similar to the Marshall Plan after the Second World War. In the same month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that Liberia was granted debt relief of just over US $ 36 million. In March, President Charles Taylor's request to be transferred to Rwanda was rejected from the prison in the UK where he is serving a 50-year prison sentence. One reason Taylor stated was that he was not allowed to meet his family because they were denied a visa to the UK. The Court found that this was only because Taylor's wife did not comply with applicable rules and declined the applicant's offer of assistance.

In November, the United States announced that the sanctions imposed on Liberia in 2004 on the orders of President George W. Bush would be lifted. According to a US statement, the measure was a response to the positive development the country has undergone over the past decade. In December, Liberia was admitted as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at a ceremony in Kenya's capital Nairobi, an event that President Johnson Sirleaf marked as a major milestone in the country's history.

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