Ebola's Forgotten Victims

November 17, 2014 4:24 PM

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Ebola's Forgotten Victims

The severity of the Ebola outbreak hit home for me on Aug 4, 2014. This was the first of a series of mandatory quarantine lockdowns for the city of Freetown (and the nation overall), Sierra Leone's capital city and my home since February. The government's orders to stay put silenced an otherwise teeming, congested city of more than 1.2 million people. I saw the city fall to a hush, and the police cars patrol the empty streets.

Freetown's pause was meant to stem the tide of infections in Sierra Leone, but my colleagues and I were worried. This type of generic, universal quarantine had the potential to instill even greater fear than what was already present, potentially driving the outbreak's expansion. Also, we knew that o...

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