Mercy Kennady, Icon Of The Ebola Epidemic, Has A New Life

March 25, 2015 12:01 PM

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Mercy Kennady, Icon Of The Ebola Epidemic, Has A New Life

During the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia last October, The Associated Press published a series of heartbreaking photos of a little girl named Mercy Kennady, who had just lost her mother to the deadly virus. Then only nine, photographer Jerome Delay captured her mourning. This photo, taken Oct. 2, has a caption that reads: "On Thursday, little Mercy walked around in a daze in a torn nightgown and flip-flops, pulling up the fabric to wipe her tears as a group of workers from the neighborhood task force followed the sound of wailing through the thick grove of banana trees and corn plants."

Journalists were interested in Mercy’s neighborhood because it’s where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was from. Duncan was suspected of coming into contact with 19-year-old pregnant woman Marthaline Williams who later died of Ebola, as did Duncan. Mercy’s moth...

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