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First U.S. Soldiers Arrive in Liberia, Bringing Hope

Benno Muchler | VOICE OF AMERICA   in 
September 24, 2014

MONROVIA, LIBERIA—
It is lunchtime in Monrovia and the smell of chlorine is everywhere.

Jacey Toe sits on her wooden cart under an umbrella while eating yellow saffron rice with fresh fish from the nearby ocean. The young street vendor, and mother of two, sells toothpaste, tissue and soap. The Ministry of Finance is just up the street.

Toe said business is not going well these days. She makes about $18 a month. Before the Ebola crisis, her income was almost four times more.

“Well, life in Monrovia is very difficult. The street people are not fine. Business [is] not running. Most of the government ministries are closed. [There are] no jobs,” she said.

Another problem is that schools are closed and her children have to stay at home and have nothing to do.

Six months into the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, Monrovians like Toe say the situation remains tense.

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