British singing sensation Ed Sheeran took a group of five Liberian orphans under his wing during a recent trip to the strife-driven country, on the coast of West Africa.
Sheeran was filming a Comic Relief appeal in the slums of West Point, one of the largest and most dangerous slums in the war-torn country’s capital of Monrovia, Metro.co.uk reports.
But when the cameras stopped rolling between takes, the true plight of the street children - many who have lost parents due to ebola - emerged after Sheeran witnessed a boy being beaten by an older man.
The multi-award winning star explained how situation unfolded during a live segment of Comic Relief hosted by Lenny Henry.
“We were literally walking away and this huge commotion started and we turned around and there was this guy, a lot taller that [Lenny Henry] with JD in his hand just smacking him and smacking him.”
Sheeran's clip following the incident shows it he's really quite shaken by what has happened. Speaking to the camera he says “it does not feel right leaving.”
“If the only thing you can do is help them we should.”
“My natural instinct is to just put them in a car and just take them and put them somewhere in a city and put them in a hotel until we can get them sorted.”
At this point, Sheeran speaks to a person off-camera asking if the young boy and his friends can be taken some where safe with adult supervision.
He said: “It doesn’t matter how much it is, we’ll just get them in, him and his five mates we’ll just get them in a house but with an older person to look after them.
“We can’t leave without sorting these kids out so we are going to sort them out but these kids are just five in a million.”