155 children orphaned or left unaccompanied due to Ebola in DRC: UNICEF

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-22 02:24:39|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN children's fund (UNICEF) and its partners have identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Children who lose a parent due to Ebola are at risk of being stigmatized, isolated or abandoned, in addition to the experience of losing a loved one or primary care-giver, said UNICEF on Friday.

This group of children, in addition to those who have been left on their own while their parents receive in-patient treatment, are particularly vulnerable and UNICEF is concerned for their well-being, it said.

Some 112 of the orphaned and unaccompanied children are school-aged and UNICEF and its partners have worked to get them back into the classroom, it said.

UNICEF continues to trace children affected by the Ebola virus and expand its psycho-social and material assistance as the epidemic evolves, it said.