Health Care
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Liberians Rally On Statehouse Steps For Ebola Aid

Liberians living in Rhode Island rallied on the steps of the Statehouse today to draw attention to the Ebola outbreak that’s killed more than 900 people in West Africa. They're seeking donations to send to Liberia to help stop the spread of the disease.

Liberians rally on the steps of the Statehouse.
Liberians rally on the steps of the Statehouse.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Dozens showed up to march and chant, holding signs that read “Ebola Be Gone” and “no new cases.” Then they gathered on the steps of the Statehouse, cheering on speakers from the Liberian community. Among them was CCRI student Fanta Yah. She says her family is safe so far from the Ebola virus. But of course, she’s worried.

“People that I know are dying. So anything to help. So we’re asking for anybody to help us.”

A group of young Liberians living in Rhode Island organized the rally. They’re also behind the drive to collect supplies like disinfectants and gloves to send back to Liberia.

CCRI Student Fanta Yah wants to help compatriots back home in Liberia.
CCRI Student Fanta Yah wants to help compatriots back home in Liberia.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s a sizeable Liberian community in Rhode Island, estimated at about 15,000.

(More information about the organizers behind the rally and where to drop off supplies is available from the University of Rhode Island.)

Liberians rallied at the Statehouse.
Liberians rallied at the Statehouse.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR