First Place - 2014 Chris Hondros Memorial International News
Liberia Ebola - Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on August 15, 2014 in the West Point township of Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus were being sent by Liberian health workers for observation at the holding center, a closed elementary school with no electricity, running water, or medication for treatment. As the spread of the Ebola epidemic accelerated last summer, Liberia's national health system collapsed, and most hospitals and clinics closed. The government tried to quarantine the congested township of West Point with the Liberian Army, and had to lift it 10 days later in failure. Thousands of people died before international aid organizations had built Ebola treatment centers with enough to care for the sick. Liberians watched as health care workers in hazmat suits carried away their loved ones for cremation, a practice foreign to Liberia and traumatic for surviving family members. As the year wore on, the end of the epidemic was no where in sight.
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