Those who died were not seen after they were taken to the treatment centre. One lady told us she still doesn’t know where her relatives are buried.
The entire community was quarantined by the army, unable to go anywhere. For Thimborno, so reliant on farming, this was devastating.
IT HASN'T BEEN EASY
‘EFSL (Tearfund’s partner) were the only NGO to come,’ Bimba said. ‘They brought us food and other items and later provided tools and seeds to help revitalise the farming. But it hasn’t been easy.’
Bimba explained how lack of food meant some were so desperate, all they had to eat was the seeds for planting crops. However the community will be ready for the May planting season because Tearfund’s partner has supplied replacement seeds.
Rice has been a lifeline. Pre-Ebola, a villager might produce up to 20 bushels of rice but because of the lack of access to the land and food during quarantine, they have not been able to plant as much as before.
When we asked how many bushels of rice had been gathered lately, one person proudly put their hand up and said they started with one bushel and now they have five. Another four, another six.
From the smiles, it was clear their confidence was returning: ‘We will plant at the right time and by God’s grace we will harvest more,’ said one.