Ebola Crisis: Sierra Leone cemetery overflows with children
Ebola has been wreaking havoc in African countries and especially in Sierra Leone which is severely affected by the deadly virus, now claiming the lives of children as the King Tom Cemetery is now struggling to find space to bury the dead with an increasing number of children’s corpses being turned in lately.
More saddening is that there has not any cure been found so far and since the outbreak began, tens and thousands of people have lost their lives. Initially there were only four grave diggers in the area and now it has increased to 100 to handle the demand for graves in Sierra Leone. Reports note that it’s impossible to say how the nearly 4,400 corpses that were laid to rest in the place were buried and the authorities in the place are overwhelmed with tasks of analyzing every death.
The ministry of health has appointed burial squads that are now acting as roving undertakers in Freetown that takes no chances. All the bodies that arrive are hermetically sealed in white plastic ags and the squads lay them on the uneven ground of the cemetery in the dozens of the newly dug pits.
McLysaght who does charity work funded by Britain’s Ebola aid package to Sierra Leone said, “The number of children we are burying every week is absolutely staggering. It is an appalling situation, although we believe they are mainly non-Ebola cases that are related to the secondary health-care crisis.” The country has not yet recovered from the impacts of the war and it is already facing the heavy burden of handling Ebola.