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6-year-old Osman Konteh was shunned by his village after his parents died of Ebola and he survived. He now lives in a private orphanage with other Ebola orphans in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

6-year-old Osman Konteh was shunned by his village after his parents died of Ebola and he survived. He now lives in a private orphanage with other Ebola orphans in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Ebola: The Struggle to Recover in Africa

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Read full coverage of Ebola and The United Methodist Church.

For The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, it’s been a year in the “combat zone.” The unseen enemy is Ebola and the deadly virus has left a path of destruction that will require foresight, determination and faith to help revitalize this resilient nation.

In May of 2014, a team of representatives from United Methodist Communications and the United Methodist Committee on Relief were on location when Ebola first entered Sierra Leone. It was the third African nation to succumb to the deadly virus and it was the hardest hit.

In early 2015, a team returned to Sierra Leone to ask the question, “How will United Methodists be called upon to help rebuild West Africa?”

Joseph Bangura stands behind a barrier in a Freetown, Sierra Leone fish market. Bangura and hundreds of others are under quarantine after a boat with occupants infected with Ebola washed ashore at the market. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

After Ebola: A devastated country picks up the pieces

Ebola maintains a deadly grip on Sierra Leone, but United Methodists and others are working to help the people move forward. Read More

Farmer Safiatu Bockari explains that months of Ebola quarantines in Sierra Leone have depleted seed stores and she worries that there will be a food shortage. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Who can put Sierra Leone together again?

Many in Sierra Leone have no seed to plant crops because they had to eat it during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. More

Children play at at orphanage in Kenema, Sierra Leone that was opened during the Ebola epidemic in 2014. There are an estimated 12,000 children orphaned by the virus in West Africa. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Ebola survivors and orphans can be pariahs

The United Methodist Church is considering launching an orphanage in the Kailahun district to help care for children orphaned by Ebola. Read More

Teens gather in Kpetewoma village, Sierra Leone. Ebola forced the closing of all schools for the 2014 academic year and educators are concerned that students will not return to the classroom when schools reopen. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

A generation lost to Ebola

The principal of a United Methodist school says Sierra Leone may lose a whole generation of students because of the Ebola outbreak that shuttered classrooms for a year. Read More