The brave men and women who put their lives on the line to help others in need surely deserve to be named TIME magazine's Person of the Year!
What started out as an outbreak turned into an epidemic that scared the whole world.
So, why did the longtime magazine decide to give the title of Person of the Year to those who helped fight the fight against ebola?
We'll let TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs explain this.
"2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic…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…. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one…. Governments weren't equipped to respond; the World Health Organization was in denial and snarled in red tape. First responders were accused of crying wolf, even as the danger grew. But the people in the field, the special forces of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Christian medical-relief workers of Samaritan's Purse and many others from all over the world fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams. Ask what drove them and some talk about God; some about country; some about the instinct to run into the fire, not away.
Ebola is a war, and a warning. The global health system is nowhere close to strong enough to keep us safe from infectious disease, and ‘us' means everyone, not just those in faraway places where this is one threat among many that claim lives every day. The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are Time's 2014 Person of the Year."
It was a pretty close, but in the end the Ebola fighters reigned supreme!
Here's who they beat out for the title:
2. The Ferguson Protesters
3. Vladimir Putin
4. Massoud Barzani
5. Jack Ma
Do U agree with their choice?
[Image via Time.]
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