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Church leaders urged to step up support for Ebola victims

Over the past year many in countries such as Sierra Leone and Guinea have been stopped from attending church services and are often prevented from visiting friends and family.

Christian Aid's International Director, Paul Valentin, has just returned from a trip to Sierra Leone and is raising concern over the depth of trauma that many victims have faced.

Speaking on Premier's News Hour he issued a rallying cry to church leaders on the ground. He said: "It's at time like this we need faith leaders to step up.

"You meet so many people whose lives have been totally turned upside down. They'll be looking for some sense of guidance; some sense of making sense of the situation and I think the faith leaders and the churches will play an incredibly important role.

"It is more difficult because people cannot freely mingle, many church services have been cancelled since the start of the crisis. People find ways to worship and get together but without touching, without embracing each other, without shaking hands."

Christian Aid is warning that although Ebola case numbers are dwindling in Sierra Leone and elsewhere, the global community needs to guard against complacency.

Listen to Paul Valentin speaking with Premier's Antony Bushfield on the News Hour:

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