Schools in Liberia, which have been shut since August because of the Ebola epidemic, were supposed to reopen on February 2. But they got notice late on Friday that the government had decided to delay the re-opening of schools. Some members of parliament have called for the reopening date to be moved to March 2nd, saying they are concerned that the Ebola epidemic is not yet fully under control and children are still at risk. One of the schools that will not open Monday is St. Anthony of Padua School. It’s run by the Skokie-based group Franciscan Works. Franciscan works is a not-for-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Catholic Church and runs the Liberia Mission, which includes homes for boys and girls, St. Anthony of Padua school and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.It serves about 340 children. Merrill Kenna, executive director of Franciscan Works, joins us to discuss the impact of the Ebola epidemic on children in Liberia.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Franciscan Works.