It was one of the most emotional moments of recent Comic Relief memory, and one not any of the people are likely to forget in a hurry.
This time last year, Ed Sheeran brought audiences to tears when he was shown saving a group of little boys in Liberia.
Ed met the group of boys, one of whom called himself JD, while filming for Comic Relief. The kids were living in slums, and they were subjected to sexual abuse by other boys living on the streets.
JD dreamed of becoming president, but his circumstances were dire, and his story moved Ed to make an intervention to save these boys’ lives.
And we know exactly what happened to JD and his friends, who are now living safely in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia with an adult they call ‘Ma’, according to Mail Online.
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.
She always comes looking for us to make sure we are ok. She really cares about me. I didn’t have that before.
I am very happy to be going to school soon. I want to be president, so I have to learn and study well. 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. If I had not met [charity] Street Child and Ed, I would still be sleeping in canoes on the beach.
This time last year, Sheeran was so moved by the dire situations of JD and his friends that he refused to leave the slum without securing a safe space for them to stay.
The boys used to survive on a cup of water and a piece of bread every day, and were beaten and raped by older boys in the slum.
In the video, he said:
It 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.
I don’t think we can go until that’s sorted.
— Luc Gillard Official (@LucGillard_YT) March 25, 2017
Thankfully, this wasn’t just a bit of drama for the screen and he carried through with his promises. Now JD and his friends are safe.
Since 2008, Street Child has helped over 50,000 children across West Africa and Nepal and continues to find ways for them to grow up in a safe home and go to school.
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