For the children and young people living in Ebola-affected areas, no aspect of life is untouched by West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Death and grieving surround them. Schools are closed. Many children are even discouraged from playing outside with other children. Children are in urgent need of protection and long-term support.
Facts and Faces: Ebola in West Africa
The facts and figures are sobering. The number of cases and deaths over the last six months has grown exponentially; in April 115 died from Ebola; by mid-November there were 5,689 deaths, an increase of over 4,800 percent. Current estimates indicate that now eleven countries are at risk because of Ebola.
However, the numbers are not the whole story when it comes to Ebola. Because of organizations like UNICEF, there is also a story of care, courage and strength in the face of this epidemic.