Ebola outbreak prevents man from returning to Africa

ATLANTA -- A man who fled West Africa to make his home in Atlanta is now desperate to go back, but the Ebola outbreak is preventing his return.

Sam Johnson's passion is concerned about the children who live in the refugee camp where he spent much of his childhood.

"They don't go in public places," said Johnson. "They don't go to funerals. Nobody goes to the market."

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Johnson left war torn Liberia when he was 8-years-old, and spent the next 9 years at the refugee camp in the southern part of Guinea.The United Nations brought him to Atlanta when he was 17, but his heart remains in that camp.

His desire to educate the children there, to help them acquire clean drinking water took him back this past April. It's a trip that was supposed to last two years, but lasted only a month, cut short by the Ebola outbreak. He had to say goodbye to the children and board a plane back to Atlanta.

"We all went through a screening," he said of the people leaving the country. "If you show symptoms of fever they don't let you leave."

Now, he stays busy playing soccer and raising money for those West African children who wear the jerseys of Atlanta's Holy Innocents Bears. He waits for the end of the outbreak, and the travel restrictions that keep him from going back.

"I worry about the kids," said Johnson. "I can't sleep at nighttime. That's how bad it is for me because I want to be there."

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