Ebola Crisis: Cardinal Turkson's visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone

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SL_photo 4 Red Cross Norway volunteer, Msgr. Robert Vitillo of Caritas Internationalis, and Cardinal Peter Turkson

From 16 to 19 December, Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson went to Liberia and Sierra Leone to bring a message of solidarity and hope to the Church, to the health workers and to the general population affected by the Ebola crisis.

In Liberia, he has met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office. Cardinal Turkson was accompanied to the meeting by the Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia, Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk; Bishop Andrew Karnley of the Diocese of Cape Palmas; Monsignor Robert Vitillo of Caritas Internationalis; Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabbah and Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods of the Catholic Ebola Taskforce.

Soon after his visit to Liberia, Cardinal Turkson visited Sierra Leone. In this country, he visited a Red Cross Ebola Treatment Unit and cemetery outside the city of Kenema, which was one of the first areas to be affected by Ebola in Sierra Leone (photos 1, 2, 3, 4). 

There have been no new infections now since 13 November 2014, but the treatment unit is still functioning for those seriously ill and those recovering from Ebola.

Currently, both Sierra Leonian staff and international volunteers from 14 different countries work  for the Red Cross Ebola Treatment Unit.

Press contact: Mons. Robert J. Vitillo: +41 79 811 7983, +232 7610 3755, e bobvitillo@cs.com