After a scary year battling the deadly disease all over the world, the courageous Ebola Fighters have been declared ‘TIME’ magazine’s 2014 Person Of The Year.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, TIME magazine named it’s 2014 pick for Person of the Year. The Ebola Fighters did not just get one cover, but instead there are five different photographs that show nurses, volunteers, and people in hazmat suits fighting to keep others safe from a disease that rocked the world this year.
‘TIME’s 2014 Person Of The Year: Ebola Fighters
While everyone assumed an A-List celebrity would take the crown, it was actually the everyday life-savers all over the world who played a much more important role in 2014.
For their annual choice of Person of the Year, TIME magazine has revealed that “Ebola Fighters” are taking the crown.
“But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty,” TIME‘s editor Nancy Gibbs wrote in a touching piece explaining their decision.
Of course, it’s a well deserved honor for those who have put their lives on the line just to ensure the safety and health of civilians all over the world.
Nancy also wrote, “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.”
Not to mention, there are many people who were diagnosed with the disease and bravely found the strength to fight it. Sadly, not everyone who contracted Ebola in 2014 survived.
Ebola Fighters & Survivors Face The Disease Head-On
“Ask what drove them and some talk about God; some about country; some about the instinct to run into the fire, not away.”
This is truly a beautiful way to celebrate those who have volunteered their services in any way, shape, or form, whether it was in the devastated heart of Liberia, Sierra Leone, or right here in the United States.
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— Lauren Cox