There are more than 2,500 Liberians living in Baltimore and most have family members back home who were among the more than 4,000 West Africans who have died from Ebola. Some local families have lost multiple family members. And every time their telephones ring, they worry that it’s someone from home calling about more deaths from the virus. The death rate now is about 70 percent of those who contract the disease, according to the World Health Organization.
At their home in West Baltimore, Bobby Gborgar Joe and his wife Mabel Kennedy teased each other as they prepared tea but beneath the smiles, there was sadness in their hearts. Between the two of them, they've lost nearly 20 family members to Ebola.