Effects of Ebloa still felt in Sierra Leone

Although the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is largely contained, its effects continue to be felt, according to Makeni’s Bishop Henry Aruna.

“Our biggest sorrow is the aftermath of Ebola,” said Dr Aruna, explaining that the country’s Church plays a key role in caring for orphans and others left suffering after the epidemic which killed 4,000 people. 

The Church’s efforts are denied government support in the 60% Muslim country, he said, with the biggest challenge the Church being its poverty 

This hinders efforts to fight the effects of Ebola and the country’s civil war that ended in 2002, and means there is a lack of funds for the formation of priests and lay leaders.

Without proper leadership and support, he says, the country’s small Catholic population could shrink further.