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VOA常速英语:埃博拉孤儿面临的新危机

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The Ebola virus has orphaned several children more than once. There are boys who have lost two fathers - indeed all the children at this orphanage are double victims.

Ebola killed their parents and now it has claimed the life of the man who gave them shelter.

On our visit we had to be careful - the whole area is under quarantine.

It was Augustine Baker who helped to run the orphanage offering help to those many in society ignore.

First, he was rescuing street children. Then, when Ebola came along he provided a safe haven for orphans of the virus.

"Each are like four years, five years nine years, seen ambulance coming to their homes collecting the corpses of his or her mother. It's too much for the child," he said.

But last week he collapsed at a staff meeting and a few days later he was dead.

Then this week, his wife Bunda also passed away.

Their two children are now orphans.

Marian Foster is one of the seven staff at the orphanage. She said everyone's temperatures are taken three times a day as a precaution.
Foster says everyone is frightened they have been infected too.

There are almost 8,500 Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone but for the time being, for 21 days, this place is out of bounds. And the fervent hope is it will reopen soon.

As health workers assess the situation at the facility complete closure of the orphanage is unthinkable

That will be a terrible blow for the children given a chance to survive the Ebola crisis and a blow for the society still struggling to beat the disease.

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beat [bi:t]

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v. 打败,战胜,打,敲打,跳动
n. 敲打,

 
frightened ['fraitnd]

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adj. 受惊的,受恐吓的

 
haven ['heivn]

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n. 港口,避难所,安息所 v. 安置 ... 于港中,

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assess [ə'ses]

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v. 估定,评定

 
foster ['fɔstə]

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vt. 养育,培养,促进,鼓励,抱有(希望等)

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quarantine ['kwɔrənti:n]

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n. 四十天,隔离,封锁交通,检疫期间 vt. 检疫,停

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fervent ['fə:vənt]

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adj. 热的,炎热的,热心的

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virus ['vaiərəs]

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n. 病毒,病原体

 
survive [sə'vaiv]

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vt. 比 ... 活得长,幸免于难,艰难度过

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shelter ['ʃeltə]

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n. 庇护所,避难所,庇护
v. 庇护,保护,

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