Ebola fighters and Ferguson protestors honoured by Time Magazine

2014-12-10 16:13

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Time Magazine has announced their person of the year with the Ebola fighters being recognised for their selfless and courageous contribution to the devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus. The World Health Organisation reports that the death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone alone stands at 6,331, with more than 17,800 people have been infected, and the disease travelled to Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S.

In explaining their decision to recognise the individuals who risk their own lives to save others, Time Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs says “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. Gibbs continues: ” There was little to stop the disease from spreading further. 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.”

[So] “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.”

The runners up to the Ebola fighters have been the tireless individuals who have protested following the murder of unarmed teen Mike Brown by St Louis police officer Darren Wilson (who a grand jury decided would not be indicted for the murder of Brown). What started off the mourning of another life, turned into what are numerous large protesters across the United States under the call and hasthtag #BlackLivesMatter. Time Magazine says of the growing protests “...Ferguson was the spark that started a fire. Demonstrators couldn’t win the indictment of Darren Wilson, the police officer who fired the fatal shots. Yet they built a movement that revived a dormant national conversation about race and justice.” One of the first Ferguson protestors Johnette Walker is quoted as saying “We made the world pay attention,” Elzie says. “That was a triumph all its own”

Other Time Person of the Year runners up include Russian President Vladimar Putin and politician Massound Barzani

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