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"On Wednesday I lost my father's wife. On Thursday I lost my two sisters and my brothers. On Friday, other relatives. On Saturday, I lost the one sister... I'm calling for more help. I need help for my people, to save their lives." Mary Kowajalloh
Councillor for Ward 158, Port Loko, Sierra Leone

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"Before this I was just a schoolboy. I was an arts student, studying history and government. We need to come on board and fight the disease. People are dying every day, all over the country. It's a risky job, but I've decided to work so I can't be afraid." Stephen Kongor
Cleaner, Ebola holding centre, Sierra Leone
Stephen does the cleaning twice a day at the Ebola holding centre in Lakka, run by Emergency, an Italian NGO. Oxfam has provided water tanks, pipes and equipment. Stephen is not an Oxfam member of staff.

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"I have lost three of my relatives to Ebola. I am very terrified and frustrated. They advised us to wash our hands, avoid bodily contact… Ebola has affected us all. Customer turn-out is very low. Our children's education is zero. Food to eat is another challenge." Mabinti Koroma
Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Ebola: A crisis
from every angle


"I met a man called Cabbia who’d survived Ebola. He’d been working in a hospital, and did a blood test on a patient without knowing they were infected. When he found out he no longer had Ebola he was so happy he could go home and be with his wife and child. It just shows how easily you can stop the spread, with the right knowledge."Holly Taylor
Communications Coordinator, Oxfam GB

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"We feel good because it's the first time we have seen people talking to us about Ebola. They say it's a virus. If someone is sick, we should report to the hospital. They say we should not touch dead bodies; we should not wash dead bodies even if it is our husband."Moriba Bangura,
Congo Town, Sierra Leone

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“It is vital the people of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea know how to protect themselves from Ebola and what to do if they become infected, to break the cycle. Thousands of volunteers now on the ground are playing an essential role in getting these messages out through the communities affected – not just once, but disseminating them over and over, until this terrible outbreak is under control.” Professor Paul Cosford
Director of Health Protection, Public Health England


The Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa, with millions more still at risk.

Explore our interactive feature to hear from those experiencing the crisis first hand - and get a snapshot of Oxfam's response.

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"I am not afraid of Ebola. I am trying to fight for my country so that Ebola goes away. People always need fine food. It's important." Isata Koroma
Cook, Ebola holding centre, Sierra Leone
Every day, Isata cooks for staff and patients at the Ebola holding centre in Lakka, run by Emergency, an Italian NGO. Oxfam has provided water tanks, pipes and equipment. Isata is not an Oxfam member of staff.

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"They say they can’t see it. They don’t know how Ebola came. How the sickness can come... They want it to go away. Then we rest in peace." Agnes Nyantie
West Point, Liberia

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"There is much bad news about Ebola. The good news is that we know how to stop it. We know what needs to be done... We must act now. We must act together. We must defeat Ebola. And we must do it fast." Anthony Banbury,
Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response


"When I first heard there were cases in the district, I thought: ‘we are all dead bodies now'... But I believe with the help of Oxfam we can contain this disease – we can stop it." Haja Bintu Mansaray
Councillor for Ward 144, Port Loko, Sierra Leone

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"Ebola is an invisible, insidious threat, so you could be quite irrational, obsessively washing your hands all the time. But I wasn’t worried. The rules are simple; if you abide by them you won’t get ill. This trip wasn't the first time I’d covered the crisis – I’d already been to Liberia for the Telegraph. Being at the gates of the clinics was the most challenging, because people were either in a desperate state, lying in the mud and the rain, or their loved ones were – and they were trying to get help." Will Wintercross


"I’m a microbiologist – I work in a hospital in Oxford, testing patient samples for bacterial and viral infections.

People in West Africa don’t have the healthcare facilities we do, and they’re dying in a really horrible way because of it. They need our help. When I got the email from Oxfam saying they desperately need money for water and protective equipment, I organised a cake sale at work and raised £122.

I’ve also decided to volunteer. I’m due to fly to Sierra Leone in February as part of the response organised by Public Health England. I’ll be working in a treatment centre, testing samples for Ebola. I’m not worried for my own safety – with blood samples, you’re in control." Emma Thornton
Microbiologist and Oxfam supporter, UK


“Information is key in the fight against Ebola. Here, people are not used to reading newspapers, so they wholly depend on the radio. People need to know what Ebola is, how you can contract the virus and if you’ve already contracted it what you need to do, where you need to go. People are afraid to use the health centres – if you don’t inform them, there will always be this kind of problem.” Steven Bockarie Mansaray
Radio Bintuman, Sierra Leone

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