Opinion Comment

Monday 22 January 2018

Ciara Jordan: An Irish aid worker in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

Defeating Ebola and facing the devastation it causes

Silas, GOAL Child Protection Officer speaks to Benedict and Paul with GOAL Media Officers David Adams and Ciara Jordan
Silas, GOAL Child Protection Officer speaks to Benedict and Paul with GOAL Media Officers David Adams and Ciara Jordan

Ciara Jordan

Brothers Benedict (11) and Paul (14) lost their parents to Ebola in January. The boys also contracted the virus, but survived. After defeating Ebola, they now face the struggle of being orphans.

While Paul and their older brother, James (17), have had time to grieve the deaths of their parents; Benedict has only recently learned of the great loss of his mother, Gloria.

Ebola takes every ounce of energy to fight. The news of the death of their mother would hardly aid recovery, so the two boys were told that she had been discharged from the treatment centre where they were all being cared for.

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