Greeting friends without hugging, waiting for relatives to emerge from quarantine, calling an ambulance that doesn’t arrive—this is what daily life in Sierra Leone looks like as Ebola ravages the West African country.
Coming back to the school, ten months on, is an emotional experience. The transformation is remarkable. The tents have gone, and children are playing on the land, which is, I now realise, a basketball court.
Our whole city Kenema was worst hit at the outbreak of this dreadful Ebola virus. Many families have been wiped out and many children have been orphaned. There are also many widows and widowers who lost their partners to Ebola. People are traumatised and stigmatised.
Latin America is the continent with the most inequality in the world, where the division between the rich and poor is massive. Caritas is working on all fronts to help combat the terrible scandal of poverty in which millions of people live.
Between 20 and 24 October, Celam and Caritas organisations from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will gather in Colombia to discuss "With justice and solidarity, we all fit at the table".