“I had no choice but to help…”

By Issa Bangura

Morie Alpha (21) from Kenema lost his elder brother-Amadu and 65 others to Ebola when the disease struck his village of Mano.

Morie already had two wives and 4 children and after the dead of his brother, he volunteered to care for his later brother’s 8 children and made her bereaved wife his third spouse.

Every day Morie is joined by his three wives, four children and 8 Ebola orphans to work in the forest, mining coal to sell and feed them. Selling is not always possible though – when Defence for Children met Morie, he was hopeless and left without financial support, wondering where the next meal would come from for him and his family and if his children would ever return to school.

Disease brother’s wife & children

”I had no choice”, Morie told us”. “That is what our tradition demands-when your brother dies you take care of his wife and children. The Ebola crisis has just worsen the situation.”

Morie is however benefitted from DCI-Sierra Leone business grant in Mano which he uses to do his coal business take care of his family.

He explained “We no longer go to bed hungry. We are happy and the older kids are back to school. And we are happy for the support from Defence for Children-Sierra Leone.”

Monday 25 May 2015

Courtesy, Sierra Leone Voice

Morie Alpha (21) from Kenema lost his elder brother-Amadu and 65 others to Ebola when the disease struck his village of Mano.

Morie already had two wives and 4 children and after the dead of his brother, he volunteered to care for his later brother’s 8 children and made her bereaved wife his third spouse.

Every day Morie is joined by his three wives, four children and 8 Ebola orphans to work in the forest, mining coal to sell and feed them. Selling is not always possible though – when Defence for Children met Morie, he was hopeless and left without financial support, wondering where the next meal would come from for him and his family and if his children would ever return to school.

Disease brother’s wife & children

”I had no choice”, Morie told us”. “That is what our tradition demands-when your brother dies you take care of his wife and children. The Ebola crisis has just worsen the situation.”

Morie is however benefitted from DCI-Sierra Leone business grant in Mano which he uses to do his coal business take care of his family.

He explained “We no longer go to bed hungry. We are happy and the older kids are back to school. And we are happy for the support from Defence for Children-Sierra Leone.”

Monday 25 May 2015

Courtesy, Sierra Leone Voice

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