RI ministers' African relatives die of Ebola

The Rev. Sahr Kallon says he lost a cousin to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Two ministers at the Generations for Christ Mission Church in Providence have lost relatives in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"I lost a cousin who worked for the Republic of Sierra Leone for 34 years as a medical doctor," said the Rev. Sahr Kallon.

The Rev. Ezekial Solee lost his 25-year-old brother in Liberia.

"It's devastating. And we're trying to get in touch with family members back there as well," said the Rev. Naomi Smith.

Smith said relatives she has spoken to in Liberia live in fear because of the outbreak.

"Confined in their homes and different counties. They can't leave to go to another place because of fear," she said.

Smith has been in Rhode Island for 15 years. After living through war in Liberia, she called the deadly Ebola outbreak a different kind of war.

"This is another form of war. It's just that you can't see the person with a gun. This is an invisible war going on in this country," she said.

Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Smith and others with loved ones in Africa are doing what they can to rally support for nations of people just trying to survive.

"I'm asking organizations, government here, every one of us to get involved to help the people with clothing, food and medicine," she said.