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The Politics of FearMédecins sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic$
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Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.001.0001

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Returning to the “Ebola World”

Returning to the “Ebola World”

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(p.254) Vignette 4 Returning to the “Ebola World”
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The Politics of Fear
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Maud Santantonio

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.003.0014

In early February 2015, the author prepared to leave for her second Ebola mission, this time at an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. During the two-month mission she discovered that the Ebola epidemic created havoc not only by leaving sickness and death in its wake, but also by its perversity. When it seemed to be in decline, new flare-ups would spring up to extend its life. The author recalls a storm of anger and sadness from one bereaved family in a particular violent episode. This made the absurd cruelty of Ebola even more apparent for her.

Keywords:   Ebola, Guinea, flare-up, epidemic, Ebola treatment center

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