Ebola Virus Disease is a rare and deadly virus caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. According to research, it can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates.
Ebola is an undeniably cruel disease, forcing its carriers into isolation from loved ones so as not to get them infected.
As Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea know all too well, its toll in West Africa has been relatively huge as the World Health Organization, WHO, records nearly 5,000 deaths in these countries with related case of Ebola in 2014.
But it is to be of note that nearly 5,000 have also survived the viral disease, which according to WHO, has a 70 percent mortality rate.
Now, these survivors are able to assist with containing the outbreak as they are immune to the strain of Ebola that made them so ill, to help care for the sick in health centers, isolation wards and homes.
Ironically, many of the survivors are also living through immense personal tragedy and stigmatization, having lost family members to the virus they were fortunate enough to survive.
An Ebola survivor and midwife named Ami Subah told John Moore, a Getty Photographer, of her ordeals with community member who have stigmatized her: “Nobody will even let me draw water from the community well,” she said. She also lamented that she has not been able to find a job since recovering from the disease.
Moore has been capturing some of the most devastating, heart-wrenching, and sometimes hopeful images of the Ebola crisis. Below are some of his portraits of survivors, shot outside Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facilities in Liberia.
(via Global Post)