Colorado's Liberian community has started collecting medical supplies to send to Liberia to help with the Ebola outbreak there. About 2,000 Liberians live in Colorado, including Naquetta Ricks of Aurora, who was born in that country.
Ricks, also a candidate for the University of Colorado's Board of Regents, says she's been speaking with family and friends in her native country who are grappling with food shortages and a lack of medical care.
"People are just panicking and trying to do a mass exodus, if they can afford a plane flight to come out," she told "Colorado Matters" host Ryan Warner. Most airlines have shut down service to Liberia and ticket prices have skyrocketed.
"They are starving," Ricks says. "People are very scared and panicked."
The supplies Ricks' group is collecting will be shipped out by the end of the month and will be distributed in Liberia by Doctors Without Borders. They are looking for health supplies like gloves, powdered bleach, and money for volunteers on the ground level.
"People on the front lines picking up bodies are not being paid," Ricks says.