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Sierra Leone: Life in the time of Ebola [VIDEO]

15 Oct 2014


Credit: IRIN-OCHA/Ricci Shryock
From taxi drivers to burial team volunteers, a glimpse of daily life in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In these three video portraits, we explore the impact of Ebola on the lives of ordinary Sierra Leoneans. We see first hand the amazing resilience of people in the face of this extraordinary health crisis. The people of Freetown are banding together to fight this terrible disease, taking great personal risks for the good of their communities.

"We will all be infected if there's no one to volunteer." Emmanuel has volunteered in a burial team in Freetown. The dead body management teams are key to stopping the spread of the disease, as the bodies of Ebola's victims are highly contagious.


Motorbike taxis, locally known as okadas, are the pulse of Freetown. As of the end of September, 16 okada drivers had died of Ebola. "We are moving with people from one point to another, so the risk is 100 per cent - we are at risk," says Mohamad.


"I miss school badly." Schools have been closed for months, a loss of livelihood for teachers but also fading dreams for students. Meanwhile Emmanuel, the burial team volunteer, supports everyone.

In collaboration with IRIN's Anna Jefferys and Ricci Shryock