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Idris Elba joins fight against Ebola

26 september 2014, 15:01

 Actor Idris Elba joined the United Nations campaign to ramp up the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa on Thursday, including in his parent's home country of Sierra Leone, AFP reports.

The British-born actor who portrayed Nelson Mandela in "Long Walk to Freedom" said the world is "setting up" the fight against Ebola, but that it will take time.

"The work is only beginning now," Elba told journalists. "We need to work fast. It seems like we are. And it's going to be for a long time as well."

Elba's breakthrough role was as drug lord Stringer Bell in the American television series "The Wire" and he currently plays a detective in the BBC drama "Luther."

The actor attended a crisis meeting called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to push for fresh aid after the Security Council declared the outbreak a threat to world peace.

Elba sounded upbeat after the meeting attended by US President Barack Obama and other top leaders, saying international solidarity with the hard-hit countries was growing.

"Today was a really good day in the fight against Ebola," he said.

Elba paid tribute to health workers on the frontlines of the health crisis and said a long-term plan was being prepared to deal with the "residue" of the outbreak.

"We have to build those countries back up."

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