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Ebola Workers Remain Resilient, Continue To Respond To Disease In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘Friends died from the very virus they fought against’
Isaac Bayoh, Ebola quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, now working with Médicos del Mundo

“Many things have changed here in Sierra Leone since I last wrote at Easter, when three-day lockdowns were being used to contain the virus. Since then we Ebola response workers have had strong psychosocial support from international organizations and it has helped greatly knowing that the stigma and trauma we went through is being recognized. … Let it be remembered that we are people of resilience. With all our differences, we stood as one to bring this outbreak to an end. … In Sierra Leone, life can never be fully OK knowing we still have this virus around. But life is better than death, as they say, so I am grateful to be alive to continue the struggle” (10/2).

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