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Liberian Street Boy Who Was Saved By Ed Sheeran Speaks Out

Liberian Street Boy Who Was Saved By Ed Sheeran Speaks Out

He's safe now.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay

The story of Ed Sheeran saving a little boy and his five friends while filming for Comic Relief touched the hearts of millions of people.

Well now, I'm thrilled to report, JD and his friends are happy and being looked after by a woman affectionately known as 'Ma'.

Ed met JD and his mates while they were living in the slums of Liberia, and Ed was moved by their emotional stories.

JD dreamed of becoming president, but was sleeping rough. The children were being 'raped' by the older boys while on the streets.

Credit: Twitter/BBC

After speaking to JD, he found out that the boy owned one set of clothes and he slept in a boat on the beach. It was here where the 'rapes' and 'beatings' took place by older boys.

Tragically, he and his friends survived on just a cup of water and a piece of bread every day.

The plight of the kids clearly got to him.

In the video, he says: "Really does not feel right leaving at all. I mean, the only thing you can do is help them, which we should.

"My natural instinct is to just put them in a car and just take them and just put them in a hotel until we can get them sorted. Can we do that? Can I pay to put them in a house until we get them in a school?

"It doesn't matter how much it costs can we just get him and his five mates in a house with an older person to look after them?"

He then added: "I don't think we can go until that's sorted."

Credit: BBC

JD has been tracked down and he's doing amazingly well. He was left on the streets after his mother and grandfather died, and his father abandoned him. To survive, he worked for fisherman for a few pence a day in order to buy food to survive. Now, he's living with four other street boys and 'Ma' who opened up her home after her own children grew up and moved away. He's now looking forward to starting school.


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Speaking to MailOnline, JD said: "It feels nice to know that people who don't know me still care about me. I feel happy about that. I used to sleep in canoes on the beach with my friends. Now I feel much better because I stay with Ma and she takes care of us.

"I feel good to stay with Ma. She is kind to us and cares for us. She makes me feel happy to stay with her. I am not afraid with her. I am very happy to be going to school soon. I want to be President, so I have to learn and study well."

He continued: "When I am President I can help all the other street children with food, shelter and school. I want to see all children in school uniforms."

He was asked about meeting Ed and how his life has changed, he replied: "If I had not met Street Child [charity] and Ed, I would still be on the streets and sleeping in canoes on the beach. I wouldn't have anyone to care for me. The beach at night can be a dangerous place."

Credit: Comic Relief

"One bad thing about living on the streets was that other boys would sometimes wake you up in the night and beat you hard just to take anything you had. Sometimes they took money if I had any, or they took my clothes. This made me feel very bad and scared at night."

Ed was brought to tears after hearing their stories. Credit: BBC

Street Child CEO and Founder Tom Dannatt told the paper: "There are approximately 14,000 children like JD in Monrovia who desperately need our support and could benefit from the work that Street Child does to keep them safe, to provide an education and build a better future.

"We have been working in Liberia since 2013 and have helped over 10,000 children like JD. This year, thanks to the support of Ed Sheeran, Comic Relief and our recent UK government match-funded appeal 'Girls Speak Out', we aim to support a further 5,000 children with education in Liberia in 2017.

"We'd like to say a huge thank you to Ed Sheeran and Comic Relief for working with us to give children like JD the chance to build a new life away from the dangers of the streets."

What an incredible story.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Comic Relief

Topics: Ed Sheeran