10,000 EBOLA ORPHANS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: ITV NEWS, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH & CNN HELP STREET CHILD RAISE THE ALARM
Based on correlated data from WHO & UNICEF, Street Child are projecting a minimum of 10,000 new Ebola orphans before Christmas and urging action from donors to prevent further catastrophe for these children who have already suffered so much.
ITV news carried the warning via an interview with Kelfa Kargbo, Street Child Director in Sierra Leone, that was broadcast on both their flagship 6:30 and 10:00 news programmes on Tuesday evening. The interview with Kelfa was part of a moving piece based around an encounter between their reporter, Dan Rivers, and Joseph, Joshua and Victoria, three Ebola orphans now being supported by Street Child in Waterloo, near Freetown. The piece also shows the family receiving an aid delivery from Kelfa’s team; at least 640 Ebola orphans will receive similar support from Street Child this week.
The Sunday Telegraph had earlier reported Street Child’s direst projection that, “On current WHO projections of the spread of the disease, we could start to see . . . 1,000 children a day being orphaned,” in a powerful article based on an interview with Tom Dannatt, CEO & Founder, that featured in this week’s paper.
Over the weekend, CNN also broadcast extensive footage of the interviews with Dauda and other Ebola-affected children in Kenema. Street Child were honoured to be listed in CNN’s select list of charities to help ‘Stop Ebola where it starts.’
Tom also took part in a live TV interview with CNBC Africa this (Wednesday) morning. He analysed the growing food crisis facing many of the poorest families in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He emphasized similar themes to those developed in the interview he gave to the Independent last week; in particular the scandal of forcing Ebola-suspected households, many of whom are on the breadline, into 21-day home quarantines, but frequently not providing any food for them.