Roda Muslimani reports on Easter “holiday” inside the Sierra Leone Ebola zone.
Editor: This is the second report via mobile phone from inside the Kailahun District. The Ebloa outbreak is having grave effects on the social structure of local communities.
We are happy that the lock down is over now, but the result has left us with hunger and starvation for the people in our community. Families can’t afford a daily meal for their children while street children are growing in numbers.
The Easter holiday was only allowed to be celebrated at churches during the proscribed service hour. After the service, everyone was ordered to go home again as though the lockdown never ended. Life in Sierra Leone is like living in hell.
Though we still pray that our youth can get jobs and skills training. They need any support they can get as many are doing nothing right now.
We especially fear for our young children being lead to prostitution. If this course is not shifted, the situation will lead to a significant increase in sickness, and also will most likely result in a resurgence of Ebola infections.
I am still calling on non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, our government in Sierre Leone, and other foreign country’s to please look at Sierra Leone and help us.
May God richly bless you all as you make any effort to help us. Simply passing the news to others can do a lot to help the people of Sierra Leone.
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Feature photo: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC/MOD via Wikimedia Commons
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