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Time Magazine Reveals their ‘Person of the Year’ Cover – Honour Goes to the Ebola Fighters

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Time Magazine has revealed the cover of their annual ‘Person of the Year’ issue and this year the editor of the magazine decided to give it to the Ebola fighters.

Time revealed multiple versions of the cover — each highlighting a different Ebola fighter to represent the group. Among those featured on the covers: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, nurse aide and survivor Salome Karwah, MSF volunteer health promoter Ella Watson-Stryker, and ambulance team supervisor and survivor Foday Galla.

Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine editor explains:

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.”

Read up on the full ‘Person of the Year’ post here.

13 Comments

  1. Ify D

    December 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Amazing, applaud yourselves if you did take time out to vote on this, absolutely worthy of this honour.

  2. Ify D

    December 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Amazing, applaud yourselves if you did take time out to vote on this, absolutely worthy of this honour

  3. Dee

    December 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    That is good, there are so many brave people risking their lives everyday to help fight Ebola. Please guys, let us remember that Nigeria has conquered Ebola but we need to help our neighbors do the same, the situation is still dire in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Let us give to responsible NGOs that will supply all these brave fighters with the appropriate protective wear while helping infected people. I cried the other day when I heard even ordinary gloves are not available in some of these places, some of the Doctors have to wear raincoats instead of the right protective gear because they are not available and that is why a lot if healthcare workers are getting infected. Please donate to organizations like Doctors with Boarders so we can conquer Ebola fully. God bless you all as you give your widows mite

    • Idomagirl

      December 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Well said.

  4. Idomagirl

    December 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Yes! Well done Time!!!

  5. shannaro

    December 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    *salutes*

  6. Tosin

    December 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Oh wow! Absolutely right.

  7. papermoon

    December 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    PRECISELY, recognition of the brave, the golden hearted and the bringers of hope!!!! God bless you.

  8. @edDREAMZ

    December 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Niceone time…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  9. Mz Socially Awkward...

    December 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Time magazine, you have my respect. Come on, people, complete honour is due these brave soldiers and to those who’ve died within their group, that still decided to join in battling the disease knowing fully well what risks they were facing. I salute you all.

    My friend’s a research consultant & told me one of the English doctors in her team recently quit her job (female doc) because she wanted to go and help fight Ebola in West Africa. I mean… I don’t even believe I have a tenth of that courage in me. I am truly in awe of every single one of you doctors, nurses, volunteers & aid workers.

    How many more lives would have been lost without their selfless work? And even if I can’t do what they do, I’m endeavouring to be some help from this distance by giving to the cause and entreating as many who feel that tug in their spirits, to please donate to Médicins Sans Frontières or similar NGOs trying to raise money for the help needed on the front lines. The battle continues even as we head into 2015… Lives are still being lost to this disease

    Dr. Stella Adadevoh, you are my “woman of the year”. May God bless and receive your soul.

  10. shady

    December 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

    The fight against Ebola continues. Thanks TIME for not forgetting . There is still a long way to go.

  11. jhennique

    December 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Nice One! I hope they also remember the girl who cared for and cured her whole family all by herself?

  12. Es

    December 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    How about, applauding yourself if you actually donated to the Ebola Fight or helped in someway. Thanks.

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