Via the Daily Observer: Where Do Their Fates Lie? Excerpt:
As the fight against the Ebola epidemic continues to grip Liberia, there is one thing that seems to be forgotten.
That thing, according the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB), has to do with the fate of children whose parents died from epidemic.
NCYAB, through its national chairman, Henry Bunch Garneo, II, said it is documenting abnormalities within the Ebola crisis, paramount among them being the welfare of children who have been victimized by the pandemic.
This grave issue has caught our attention and must be addressed by government and partners as the situation is now worsening beyond control, Mr. Garneo said.
NCYAB is a vibrant child rights advocacy group established by Defence for Children-Liberia (DCI-Liberia), with funding from Plan Liberia. Its principal objective is to combat all forms of violence against children in Liberia.
At a press conference at DCI-Liberia’s office over the weekend, Mr. Garneo said, "While it is true that we have joined forces with government to kick Ebola out of Liberia, we are also documenting abnormalities within the crisis which include a gross violation of children’s rights."
He indicated that there are children who have been made orphans and semi orphans and some have even been neglected by their communities and relatives as a result of the stigma of Ebola.
“Currently, there are numerous cases of such in and around Montserrado County and other places. In Grand Cape Mount County, Tewor district, Bellaja to be specific, there is a child who has been neglected due to the death of both parents from Ebola.
“Also in Bensonville, specifically Low Coast Village, there is a similar case. In Tubmanburg, Bomi County, there is a child who died of starvation indoors because she was perceived to be have contracted the various from her parents who died from the virus,” the NCYAB boss said.
"We as a child rights institution would like to know what special package or alternative care does government have in store for those kids?"
A report in today's Guardian indicates the situation in Sierra Leone is equally grim for Ebola orphans.