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This Student From Sierra Leone Was Denied Accommodation In Norwich Due To Ebola Fears

The University of East Anglia said it was "disappointed" to hear the news.

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A master's student from Sierra Leone claimed he has been refused places to stay in Norwich because of fears over Ebola.

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Amara Bangura, who is currently studying at the University of East Anglia and is also a radio presenter, arrived from West Africa two weeks ago, the BBC reported.

The media and international development student said he was twice turned down accommodation places after landlords discovered where he was from.

Bangura claimed one of the rejections came in the form of a letter that said:

Under normal circumstance. Your profile would be a great profile to be one of our lodgers.

However, given that the world is about to probably experience an ebola epidemic, we have decided not to accept anyone that has been anywhere near the ebola outbreak within the last two months, or is likely to visit those areas in the near future.


The master's student told the BBC: "It's very unreasonable. And if you think everybody coming from Sierra Leone is affected, then that's just completely unfair."

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A university spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “We are disappointed to hear one of our students faced difficulties when looking for private sector accommodation in Norwich."

"The dean of students' office, accommodation office, and student union can all offer support to any student facing trouble with accommodation or any other issues while studying at UEA."

Bangura confirmed he has now found somewhere to stay.

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The 35-year-old has worked in radio in Sierra Leone and for the BBC. Earlier this year he launched a fundraising campaign to help fund his studies.

Before moving to the UK he studied journalism at the University of Toronto and worked with the Journalists for Human Rights charity.

BuzzFeed News has contacted Bangura for a comment on his claims.

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