2014 was the year of an Ebola outbreak, which turned into an epidemic . It reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leona, Nigeria, Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses, wiping out public health needs that were already weak. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims risked becoming one, showing us that they were the true heroes. There was little to stop the disease from spreading further and the government wasn’t equipped to respond. 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 helped fight this disease side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams working to end this epidemic. They were very important and they deserve to be the Time People of the Year (Not Person, but People).

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