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.
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.
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.