Guinea: Hollande Is First Western Leader to Visit Ebola-Stricken Country
France’s President Francois Hollande became the first major Western leader to visit an Ebola-affected region since the outbreak began – but with the aid of a horde of bodyguards.
Hollande, who was greeted on his arrival to Guinea by President Alpha Conde, pledged that France would set an example by providing aid to countries stricken by the disease.
He is the first Western leader to visit one of the three worst affected west African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
He told his hosts ‘we are together with you in the struggle’ and ‘we have a duty to support you’ ahead of a visit to an Ebola hospital.
Speaking to reporters at Conakry airport, he said: ‘France wants to set an example. Beyond material help, it is human help which is the most important.’