New York – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken a toll on the children living in the region, with millions of them being affected by indirect consequences of the disease, a UN Children’s Fund official warned on Monday.

Peter Salama, the global Ebola emergency co-ordinator for Unicef, said that while children account for one-fifth of the confirmed 14 000 Ebola cases, many more suffer the indirect consequences through losing parents, stigmatisation, school cancellations and experiencing a general disruption in their daily lives.

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