Ebola exacerbates West Africa’s poverty crisis

November 5, 2014 9:33 PM

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When Ebola came to Dorcas's home on the outskirts of Freetown in Sierra Leone, the virus spared no one. Her mother brought it home from the clinic where she worked, caring for an Ebola patient who ultimately died. Her mother, in turn, gave the virus to Dorcas's father and older sister who had helped clean up copious vomit and diarrhea while tending to the sickened mother. Then Dorcas's turn came, when the 17-year-old young woman transported her ailing mother and father to the hospital on the family's motorbike.

Dorcas carried her mother into the hospital, she told peace activist Chernor Bah during his recent visit to his home country, but it was too late. She then joined her father in quarantine. There she cared for her sicker and sicker father even as she, too, succumbed to the symptoms of the viral infec...

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