Liberian ambassador to U.S. to visit Lancaster to address Ebola crisis


Liberian Ambassador to the U.S. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh is expected to Lancaster County on Oct. 29, when he will address the Ebola public health crisis — as well as other issues — in a pair of appearances.

At 3:30 p.m. at Elizabethtown College, he will discuss “Lessons From Liberia: History, Health and Education” in Room 212 of the Hoover Building. The lecture is free and open to the public, but the college asks people to make reservations by emailing

“Aside from the deadly virus and global cooperation necessary to combat it … the ambassador's focus also is on creating educational opportunities … and rebuilding Liberia after back-to-back civil wars,” a press release from the college said.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,440 persons have died from Ebola in the 2014 outbreak, including more than 2,300 in Liberia.

As well as being a politician and ambassador, Sulunteh is a professor with a career spanning more than 30 years.

He also will be speaking at the Lancaster Rotary Club luncheon Oct. 29, an event open to Rotarians and their guests.

Tom Gemmill, minister of giving at St. James Episcopal Church, is hosting Sulunteh. He said the ambassador will talk at the Rotary luncheon not just about Ebola, but his concern for Liberia post-Ebola.

The virus, Gemmill said, has “decimated” the West African country economically.

In addition, St. James will hold a community prayer service at 10:30 a.m. that day, he said.

Sulunteh works and lives in the United States as a representative of Liberia, the E-town release said. His current emphasis is on educational development and seeking aid from the United States.

In his last visit to his native country, he spoke to University of Liberia graduates this past spring.

Sulunteh holds a master's degree in economics from York University in Toronto, Canada; a master's in public administration from the American University in Cairo, Egypt; and a bachelor's in economics from Cuttington University College in Liberia.

Born in Bong County, Liberia, in 1958 to a farmer, he also earned a diploma in agriculture from a vocational school in Kakata, Liberia.

Liberia has maintained strong ties to the U.S. since its founding by former American slaves in 1847.

Sulunteh was chosen Liberian ambassador to the United States in 2012 for his role in his country's reconstruction after civil wars killed more than 250,000 Liberians from 1989 to 2003.  READ MORE OF THIS

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