An update to Street Child’s groundbreaking Ebola Orphan report has highlighted the critical situation of the poorest Ebola-struck farming communities in Sierra Leone.
It is clear that many of the poorest farmers have little or no seed to sow this present planting season after Ebola disrupted harvesting and access to markets last Autumn. After the rains begin in mid-May, planting becomes impossible.
The rainy season is traditionally known as the hunger season. However, as our update documents, the most vulnerable, including many Ebola orphans, are dangerously hungry already, before it has even begun. Add to this the risk of no harvest to look forward to and the potential consequences are awful.
Street Child CEOs, Tom Dannatt (UK) and Kelfa Kargbo (SL), issued the following joint statement: