Titled “The fighters against Ebola” Time Magazine released in five covers, its traditional December issue, “Personality of the Year”.
The American magazine shows the hidden face into a mask of physician Jerry Brown, Liberian surgeon who turned his hospital in the first health center to fight the virus.
Although generically Time includes all those who are fighting Ebola, distinctly mentions “special forces of Doctors Without Borders, the workers of association of Christian humanitarian Samaritan’s Purse and many others worldwide who fought closely with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and teams gravediggers.”
According to the editor of the publication, Nancy Gibbs, the choice is theirs because “they risked, persisted, sacrificed and saved lives.”
She also recalled the case of a high school in Ohio that didn’t admit Nigerian students´ enrollment while said that #VamosAMorirTodos was trending on Twitter ‘after learning of the first contagion in Spain.
At another point in her remarks, Gibbs added that “‘Ebola is a war and a warning. The overall health system doesn’t nearly keep us safe from infectious diseases, and we mean everyone … the world can sleep “.
According to the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever left 6331 people dead among 17,800 cases of infection detected in the three most affected countries in West Africa: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Previously other personalities like Bill and Melinda Gates (2005); Barack Obama (2007); Vladimir Putin (2008); and Pope Francis (2013) earned the title of Personality of the Year awarded by the magazine since its foundation in 1923.