Normal life has proved elusive for Ebola survivors who struggle with health complications and face discrimination from people who still fear the deadly virus. It’s also been difficult for the country’s 8,500 children orphaned by the disease.
Abubakarr Sillah and his brother lost their parents to Ebola.
“We rely on handouts from neighbors, otherwise there is no reliable means for our everyday survival,” Sillah told United Methodist News Service eight months after the tragedy.
The brothers, who live at Deep Yai Wata in rural Freetown, also lost three siblings to Ebola. Abubakarr, an older teenager, dropped out of school because there was nobody to pay his fees after his parents died.
The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history killed 3,589 people in Sierra Leone, including 221 healthcare workers.