By Ken Olende
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The rich could stop Ebola in a day

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Issue 2428
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The number of billionaires has doubled, while Ebola could be halted with just £600 million. We need to take their wealth off them.

The world’s 85 richest fat cats are getting £50,000 richer every second, a new report from the Oxfam charity reveals.

The number of billionaires has doubled.

Ebola could be halted with just £600 million – we need to take their wealth off them.

The Ebola crisis which has already killed 5,000 people in west Africa could be halted with £600 million, the World Health ­Organisation has said. 

If we took the increase alone, this sum could be raised in 34 hours.

That would mean enough quarantine beds could be set up.

And it could provide food so that no one had to break quarantine to avoid starving.

In some areas of Sierra Leone infected people die in the streets.

There are not enough protective suits for people who collect the bodies.

These suits cost just £38. 

Elsewhere overcrowded treatment centres turn people away.

Once this crisis was contained, the money the rich hoard would still be more than enough to develop a cure for Ebola.

It could stop the spread of other terrible diseases, and make sure that everyone has enough to eat.

But the rich will never give back the wealth that workers have created. 

We need to force them to give it up.

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