Ben Steele’s Orphans of Ebola follows Abu, a 12-year-old boy from a Sierra Leone village, who loses eight members of his family and must restart his life elsewhere. Filmed over a period of four months, beginning just after the height of the epidemic in December 2014 through the reopening of the country’s schools in April 2015, Abu’s story illustrates the incredible bravery of the thousands of children who have been orphaned by Ebola as they reconcile with the past and forge new lives.
At the height of the Ebola crisis, Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey volunteered to travel to Sierra Leone to help the afflicted and dying. When she returned home, her own crisis began - she had contracted the virus and in December 2014 became critically ill. In conversation with Julie Etchingham, she reveals how she has since suffered further complications - including contracting the virus a second time. She also talks about her current health and her hopes for the future, while her relatives relive their moments of fear.
Steven Grandison’s Ebola: The Doctors’ Story joins Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim, a British emergency response doctor, inside a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Kalilahun, Sierra Leone as the epidemic escalates dramatically in fall 2014. Attached to the doctors’ goggles, cameras designed to enter the “hot zone” of the facility reveal for the first time the realities of battling an unprecedented outbreak. Dr. Abdelmoneim, along with local and international colleagues, fights for the survival of his patients, and helps families reunite or cope with overwhelming loss.
Over a year in the making, this is the remarkable and uplifting story of five extraordinary children who beat the Ebola virus and then overcome loss and stigma to rebuild their lives. Today Sierra Leone is clear of the deadly Ebola virus. But for 19 months the country experienced the largest number of Ebola cases. After an extended nationwide State of Emergency and the closure of all schools, the government decided it was finally safe to allow a return to normality in April 2015.