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Emma Thompson “heartbroken” over Liberia's Ebola crisis

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Actress and ActionAid ambassador Emma Thompson today said she was “heartbroken” to hear about the terrible toll the Ebola crisis is having on Liberia, where she visited in 2011.

“I was privileged to visit Liberia in 2011 and saw at first hand the brilliant work ActionAid is doing building the strength and confidence of poor people and communities struggling against the poverty, hunger and lack of opportunities they face,” she said. “I am heartbroken to hear of the devastation that the Ebola crisis is bringing to the people of Liberia.”

“So much is being lost — so much pain, so much fear, so many deaths, but I know that ActionAid and all the other agencies working in the area will be fighting so hard to inform, protect and help her people. For us here in the UK we must all recognise our role is to help and support them.”

ActionAid has been working across Sierra Leone and Liberia to combat Ebola since June reaching more than 270,000 people. The aid agency is giving food aid to quarantined families, distributing vital medical equipment to local health workers including rubber gloves and protective overalls.

It is also giving survivor packs to people who have recovered from Ebola but have lost everything due to all their belongings being incinerated, as well as education materials to children whose schools have been closed.

The work also includes working with local, trusted volunteers to distribute government and World Health Organisation information in local languages, using flyers, radio jingles and door-to-door visits, to help people understand how to protect themselves.