Thousands of Children Orphaned due to Ebola

UNICEF arranges support and security for children and works against discrimination faced by the children. For example, UNICEF is training adults who have had Ebola to help the children.


5-year old Rose from Sierra Leone lost her parents and sister to Ebola. She also got sick but recovered from the disease. Now she lives with her brother in a center supported by UNICEF and tries to recover from her ordeal. Rose is holding a certificate to prove she is not carrying the virus.
© UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Dunlop

At least 3700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola. Many are discriminated against because they are feared to carry the disease.

In Sierra Leone, for example, UNICEF is training over 2500 adults who have survived Ebola to support children who have been quarantined due to the virus. Those who have recovered from Ebola are immune to the disease.

UNICEF needs about 155 million euros to fight against Ebola for 6 months in five West African countries. Only 25 per cent of the funds have been donated so far.

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