afThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa has orphaned at least 3,700 children, according to UNICEF, creating a separate humanitarian crisis from the health disaster befalling the affected nations.  Children as young as three years old have lost at least one parent to the deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) updated their Ebola death toll to over 3,000 people this week, leaving scores of children parentless. Unfortunately, due to the stigma from Ebola, the children face a dim future. Children who return to their communities might be fed by neighbors or taken in by other family members, but many are avoided in their most desperate hour. “Thousands of children are living through the deaths of their mother, father, or family members from Ebola,” said Unicef’s Manuel Fontaine. “These children urgently need special attention and support; yet many of them feel unwanted and even abandoned. Orphans are usually taken in by a member of the extended family, but in some communities, the fear surrounding Ebola is becoming stronger than family ties.” There are children who have no identification on them and are left at the hospitals. In one instance chronicled in the Liberian Observer, on September 15, one toddler arrived at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia with his mother. Both climbed out of a taxi cab, but the mother took only a few steps before she died. She was not tested for Ebola, but the health workers placed her body on a pickup truck to transport the dead for burial. The woman was never identified. More