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Christian humanitarian workers tell of Ebola progress with flowers

by Hannah Tooley

The virus struck parts of West Africa in early 2014 and left more than 11,000 people dead.

To reflect on all those that played a role in reducing the spread, a meadow of 1,000 daisies has been created at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The display for World Vision also features waving ribbons of grass, symbolising strength in adversity.

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The piece has been created by award-winning garden designer, John Warland, who also designed the Queen's Coronation Arch at Windsor Castle.

He said that he chose the daisies to represent the purity and innocence of children helped by international charity.

What is Ebola?
- Symptoms: a fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, a sore throat, and intense muscle weakness
- People can become infected if you come into contact with the blood, body fluids or organs of an infected person, usually giving care to other infected people, either by directly touching the victim's body or by cleaning up body fluids
- Affects countries in West Africa including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone 
- 27,600 infections, more than 11,00 were fatal

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The waves of turf were inspired by the ups and downs of life: "When communities are hit by natural disasters or outbreaks of disease - such as the Ebola and Zika - children are often the most vulnerable.

"However and thankfully, organisations like World Vision are able to respond immediately and effectively to protect them," he said.

He went on to say that the ribbons represent families and communities linked together: "One ribbon alone is relatively weak, but as a chain it takes on a whole new strength."

He went on: "The traumatic events of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone are a good example of how a fragmented society torn apart by disease and fear can be slowly woven into a strong and coherent community once more."

Deaths from Ebola: 

- 4,809 Liberia
- 3,955 Sierra Leone
- 2,536 Guinea
- 8 Nigeria

Christian charity World Vision has been supporting those on the ground responding to Ebola since the outbreak.

It has helped to provide safe and dignified burials for Ebola victims, distributed food to quarantined families and psychological support for orphaned Ebola children.


Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to John Warland here:

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