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Kendell Kauffeldt: Flight Ban Would 'Cripple' Liberia

By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 02:18 PM

If a flight ban were imposed on Liberia, it would greatly limit the work of charitable organizations that are trying to help those suffering from Ebola, an official from Samaritan's Purse says.

"Not only would it have a negative impact on the work of Samaritan's Purse, it would limit our abilities to get that personnel who are volunteering," Kendell Kauffeldt, Samaritan's Purse Liberia country director, told J.D. Hayworth and Francesca Page on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"We have a lot of medical personnel that want to volunteer to get over there and we need those flights because . . . there's no other options to get help and personnel and supplies into the country," he explained.

"It would devastate our ability to be able to respond, but more importantly it would just continue to cripple the country of Liberia," he said. "The economic ramifications of that would be phenomenal."

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"I understand the fear and that is an option that many have suggested, but it would have a devastating effect," he added.

Samaritan's Purse is a Christian humanitarian organization that has been offering aid to the West African country.

"We went there responding to the civil crisis and found ourselves in the middle of another crisis, which is unfortunate," Kauffeldt told Newsmax.

"It was unfortunate in that the infrastructure was still limited in its capacity to handle this disaster that they're now fighting, Ebola," he explained.

"What I saw on the ground was that the health infrastructure completely broke down," he said. "There are no hospitals open even to treat simple matters because of the Ebola scare."

"I saw a lot of people suffering," he added. "I saw a lot of fear."

According to the Samaritan's Purse official, "the crippling factor behind this disease is fear, and so it was just sad what I saw happening there."

Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia, was working for Samaritan's Purse when he became ill.

Kauffeldt says he welcomes the help by the United States to send U.S. troops to West Africa to help with the crisis.

"For a long time Samaritan's Purse has been speaking as loudly as we can and in our spheres of influence that we need a much greater, robust international response to the situation in West Africa," he explained.

"Back as early as March, Doctors without Borders, Samaritan's Purse recognized that we were heading down a road that would just be a catastrophe if we didn't get involved and started working," he said.

"Unfortunately there just was not enough response early enough to stop the spread of the disease or to contain it early," he contends. "We need a lot more response."

Kauffeldt believes that the Ebola virus is "something that we can contain, we can control."

"But it takes resources, it takes international organizations, it takes governments to recognize the need and to get involved," he added.


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