Ebola hits young film-makers

Published: Wednesday 10th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Two film-makers whose Ebola awareness music video was backed by the Duke of Cambridge have died from the virus, the charity working with them has said.

Mary Sesay, 21, and Kadisha Monisha Conteh, 20, from Sierra Leone, were part of the Future View team who wrote and filmed the educational song “Ebola is Real” to teach people how to prevent the spread of the disease.

Colin Stevens, associate producer at UK based charity Purple Field Productions (PFP), said the young women died yesterday and called for people to back an appeal to help support their friends.

“Two of the young people died yesterday,” he said. “We’re desperate to raise money to help Future View. They’re just terrified. They followed all the guidelines and this has still eaten into their group.

“All we can do as a very small charity is raise some more support financially. There’s no work, there’s no school. They’re just stuck.”

William recorded and sent a video message to Future View last month, expressing his concern about the Ebola crisis and telling them: ”Keep safe – the world is thinking of you.”

PFP, which is based in Ilminster, Somerset, makes films and videos for educational and humanitarian purposes.

They began working with Future View, who are based in Makeni, after meeting them while filming in Sierra Leone and have been keeping in contact with them via Skype, telephone and email.

PFP’s appeal was launched in September to raise £3,000 to support the group with their film-making, but the emphasis shifted in recent weeks because of the Ebola crisis.

:: Donations to PFP’s appeal can be made at http://bit.ly/PFPEbolaAppeal

The charity’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/purplefieldproductions

Published: Wednesday 10th December 2014 by The News Editor

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