Ebola outbreak
Volunteers lower a corpse, which is prepared with safe burial practices to ensure it does not pose a health risk to others and stop the chain of person-to-person transmission of Ebola, into a grave in KailahunHandout/Reuters

A Liberian man was reportedly flogged for opposing the authorities' proposal to bury the bodies of Ebola victims in his neighbourhood in Monrovia.

The unidentified man showed bruises on his back after he was flogged by Liberian troops. He was also manhandled by government officials, who insisted that President Ellen Johnson has granted them full rights to carry out Ebola-related activities, according to Front Page Africa.

Despite the government's announcement that it was planning to burn all the bodies, dozens of corpses have been buried in wetlands in Kissi Camp, near Kpeh-kpeh Town Community in the city of Upper Johnsonville.

The bodies were transported by heavily armed soldiers in two trucks and dumped in a mass grave.

The locals have been protesting against the way the bodies have been disposed of in their area fearing the outbreak could spread further.

The villagers fear since the site is close to the Kpanwein River, which is used by scores of residents, it could contaminate the water.

The landlord of a private site where bodies were dumped has also threatened to take legal action against authorities for not seeking permission from him.

Joseph Dolo told the Daily Observer: "I'm not asking them to pay me [money] for my land. I'm going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies."

Meanwhile, the Liberian government has called for a three-day national fast as the African nation struggles to cope with the Ebola crisis.

"I call on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer to seek God's face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus," said the president, ordering a dawn-to-dusk fast from 6 August.