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The Human Face of Crisis
Ebola's Orphans

Heart-breaking stuff in the LA Times:

The small, frail girl was slumped in the street outside a row of shops when an ambulance picked her up.

Anna Singbeh, 11, was terrified. The child, from the town of Totota in central Liberia, had seen her mother sicken with the Ebola virus and swiftly die. By the time she fell ill, there was no one left to help.

She couldn’t walk from the ambulance into the International Medical Corps Ebola treatment unit in Bong County. Dr. Pranav Shetty, clad in yellow bio-suit and white hood, goggles and mask, picked up the slight figure, carried her into the unit and tried to figure out what to do.

She was too sick to tell him more than her name and age, said Shetty, the IMC’s international emergency health co-coordinator. She was given a bath. Her clothes were burned and she was given fresh ones.

But saving Anna Singbeh was not going to be easy.

It’s easy to find oneself talking about the Ebola outbreak using generic terms, and for the numbers of casualties being bandied about to become a kind of numbing abstraction to the real human cost being borne by people all across West Africa—especially the children.

On this Sunday, consider giving some money to a charity that is doing the important, dangerous work saving people’s lives in Africa. Here is a list of charities to consider. We encourage our readers to add others in the comments.

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  • ShadrachSmith

    Being born in west Africa is the Creator’s way of telling you, “You’re screwed.”
    I wish I had words of comfort, but there aren’t any.
    And, bring our troops home.

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