Liberia has been declared free of Ebola transmissions, formally ending the largest known outbreak of the disease in history.
Today's announcement follows Guinea’s declaration in December and Sierra Leone’s in November, bringing the welcome news that there are no more cases of Ebola in West Africa.
“To have contained this epidemic is an achievement, but we can’t forget the terrible toll Ebola has taken on these countries,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “Many people continue to suffer, particularly those children whose lives have been left even more vulnerable by the virus.”
The epidemic killed more than 11,000 people and robbed nearly 23,000 children of a parent or caregiver. Nearly everyone in the three West African countries has been touched by the disease in some way. Here are some of their stories.