American Refugee Committee
A group of nurses and doctors have boarded a flight to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola.
As a nurse, Doris Parker says she is used to being exposed to AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, so she’s not afraid to return to Liberia to help her native country fight a deadly Ebola outbreak. “I have a strong conviction this is what I need to do,” said Parker, a Minnesota medical surgical nurse who leaves Thursday with a group of medical responders bound for the West African nation. “As a nurse, we’re trained to help, to take care of the sick.”
Some Minnesotans are helping people fleeing the crisis in Syria. One Minnesota Relief Worker from the American Refugee Committee will be flying to Jordan Tuesday afternoon to assist with the emergency efforts there.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz will participate in a public forum about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa.
UNICEF estimates that more than three million children are suffering in Somalia’s famine. Various relief efforts are underway in Minneapolis, which is home to the largest Somali immigrant community in the United States.
When the earthquake struck Haiti one year ago, many people wanted to help. A lot of people donated money, while others were compelled to volunteer.