Liberia: With Seven Dead, Ebola-hit Family Hopes Worst Is Over

The Stewart family, which lives in a village in central Liberia, lost seven of its members to Ebola in just nine weeks. The two remaining adults - two sisters - are hoping that the rest of their family will be spared. They, like other survivors across the country, are receiving WFP food assistance to help them through the crisis.

Ebola Emergency

WFP is scaling up its response to the Ebola virus to provide assistance to around 1 million people affected by the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, delivering food alongside the health response. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas. Read More

Overview

Liberia is classified as both a least-developed country and a low-income food-deficit country, ranked 174 out of 187 in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index. Political upheaval has dominated Liberia’s recent history, and poverty and food insecurity are high across the country and particularly acute in Liberia’s rural areas. 

Despite these challenges, the government continues to demonstrate a commitment to national recovery efforts.