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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa.

Ebola Crisis Update

STREET CHILD RAISE HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS AT STATUS OF QUARANTINED FAMILIES IN EBOLA-STRICKEN SIERRA LEONE

Martin Forsyth

- Street Child staff report on ‘ebola-risk’ families in Bo and Lunsar: hungry, thirsty, traumatised and under armed guard ‘like dangerous criminals’

Street Child social workers delivering humanitarian aid to medically isolated households in Sierra Leone have registered serious human rights concerns over the conditions under which households are being quarantined.

The most alarming reports came from Bo and Lunsar where families considered an ebola risk to society are being kept under quarantine by armed guard.

Street Child’s teams were providing rice, condiments, water and other support, including buckets and chlorine to 43 quarantined households in Lunsar and Bo – the largest of which contained 34 dwellers, including children and the elderly.

Subsequent investigations into the situations of quarantined families in other locations in the country, including Freetown and the Western rural area, have confirmed similar accounts.

One quarantined householder told the team in Lunsar, “We have run out of food in the last three days. Nobody cares about our survival and are only concerned that we don’t transmit the virus to other members of the community. I have lost five members of my household and two of my daughters were taken away by health workers. No one is keeping me informed of how they are doing. I need to know if they are still alive.”

Click here to read the shocking details in full - along with a joint statement from Tom Dannatt, chief executive of Street Child, and Kelfa Kargbo, executive director of Street Child of Sierra Leone.