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October 31, 2014
British navy arrives to 'kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone'
Freetown (AFP) Oct 30, 2014
A British navy mission said it was nervous but ready "to see that Ebola is kicked out" as it arrived in Sierra Leone Thursday to treat victims of the deadly virus. The RFA Argus was cheered by dockworkers and other vessels as it completed a 10-day voyage from southwest England to Freetown, the capital of its former colony. "There was lots of anxiety from us as well as from our relatives and loved-ones about coming to Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola virus," Commander Ross Spooner, from Royal Nava ... read more

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