Buffalo’s African community raises money to save dying loved ones

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s growing African community is watching the Ebola epidemic closely. Many have family members suffering from the disease. Some are dying; others have already lost the battle.

This week Mimie Shosawyer learned her uncle, a doctor, didn’t make it. She said, “A few days ago, we got the call that he passed away.”

There are hundreds of people dying but help isn’t coming. Now that doctors are also getting sick, most are staying away.

Pastor Joshua Mansaray of Buffalo said, “Even the doctors are afraid to go to the hospital.”

Two American healthcare workers are among those fighting the virus. They are now getting the medical care they need, but most aren’t that lucky.

“How can we help our brothers? This disease has been spreading rampantly and up until now people are looking for an answer in terms of finding the medication,” said Mansaray.

The Save Africa/End Ebola Fund believes the answer is money and hopes to send needed cash to hospitals. There is no proven cure, even though vaccines being tested.

An estimated 1,000 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leon and Guinea during this recent outbreak, but there may be more. Some families fear quarantine and aren’t taking their loved ones to the hospital.

Although the fund is based here in Buffalo, they are reaching out internationally. Their goal is $2.5 million.

Donations are accepted at M&T Bank under the Save Africa\End Ebola Fund.

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