Ebola terrified us a year ago. What did it teach us about West Africa?

{By Ashoka Mukpo}

“If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s the cliché in journalism that describes why a certain kind of tragedy tends to dominate the news cycle. One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared Ebola an “international health emergency.” But today, coverage of West Africa is beginning its drift into media disinterest as Ebola cases wane. International attention has now largely disappeared along with the sight of biohazard suits and ambulances. Hotels in Liberia that were packed with foreign correspondents last fall are again servicing their more familiar clientele of aid workers and investors. In that this represents the end of the awful days of Ebola’s peak, this is good news for Liberians. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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