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Local Liberians lend help to fight Ebola outbreak

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The Ebola outbreak in Africa is hitting close to home for some people in the Triangle who are originally from Liberia.

Carol Barclay and Catherine Woyee-Jones were both born in Liberia's capital city and moved to the United States decades ago, but never knew each other until they met through Wake County's tight-knit Liberian community.

The women are closely watching the Ebola outbreak in their home country.

"It's been very troubling and frightening to be honest with you," Woyee-Jones said.

She has relatives in Liberia who know people who have contracted Ebola and even died in their neighborhood.

"What they've learned is, because it's such a contagious disease and if the bodies are touched, the person who touches it contracts it," Woyee-Jones said. "They're taking a longer time to pick up the bodies. So sometimes they end up out in the streets."

Barclay said hospitals in the region are closing.

"They called us the other day and told us to come and get our aunt out of the hospital," Barclay said. "I don't know if it's temporary or whatever. 'Come and get your relatives, your sick relatives, and take them home.' "

While the impact of the virus is hitting close to home for the two women, they remain half a world away. So they are doing what they can to raise money through the nonprofit Liberian Emergency and Disaster Relief Fun.

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"It's really a sad situation that's getting out of hand. We just want to mobilize resources so people can do something," Barclay said.

Woyee-Jones is hopeful people in the Triangle will help, even if they don't have the connection to Africa that she has.

"Hopefully they can find it in their heart to donate so that we don't lose another life, or I don't lose an aunt or a cousin, you know, because it's sad. It's just a very unfortunate situation," she said.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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