Number of children orphaned by Ebola grows – Part 1

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    As the number of deaths from the Ebola virus continue to climb in West Africa, so too does the number of children left behind without parents.

    Dan Rivers of Independent Television News reports from Sierra Leone on their uncertain future.

  • DAN RIVERS:

    Their faces are haunted by all they have lost. These three children are Ebola orphans. Little Joshua is just three. His sister Victoria is five, but both are too young to understand why mom and dad have gone forever. They're been looked after by their aunt Zeinab and 10-year-old brother, Joseph.

  • JOSEPH:

    It is not easy, but I am coping up with that.

  • DAN RIVERS:

    It must be very difficult, what you have been through.

  • JOSEPH:

    Yes, difficult since when I lost my mom and dad. I have been facing a lot of problems. It is difficult to look after my sister and my brother.

  • DAN RIVERS:

    They all now depend on Zeinab, herself mourning the death of her husband, who was also taken by Ebola.

    She says, "The children always talk about their parents, but I tell them to accept me as their mother."

    Today, they received some basic aid from British charity Street Child. There are 26 people sharing this house. Joseph shows me their cramped bedroom devoid of toys. They lost almost everything when their home was quarantined. And there are so many others like Joseph.

  • KELFA KARGBO, Aid Worker:

    If this thing is not contained, maybe by the end of November, we will be talking about 10,000 orphans being created as a result of Ebola.

  • DAN RIVERS:

    In this country, children face an incredibly tough upbringing at the best of times. But these days, with Ebola, there's no school, many shops have closed, and there is fear on every street. And families like Joseph's are facing all that without the two people who are most important to them.

  • JOSEPH:

    Ebola is trying to wipe off out of the people in this country. But I strongly believe that it will get out from our country soon.

  • DAN RIVERS:

    He treasures a mobile phone his dad gave him. It's all he has, not even a photo of his parents. It's difficult to imagine a crueler fate for this boy lost in the nightmare of Ebola.

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