TIME NAMES EBOLA FIGHTERS THE ‘PERSON OF THE YEAR’

December 10, 2014

Time magazine has announced that Ebola fighters have been named ‘Person of the Year.’

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Nancy Gibbs explained the decision writing, “For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure. But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one.”

Other candidates who were nominated included Taylor Swift, Ferguson protesters, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and more.

Story photo: AFP/Cellou Binani

 

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