The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?
June 2016, Issue 493
New Internationalist teamed up with On Our Radar to produce the interactive feature Back in Touch. In this powerful collection of videos, citizen journalists’ tell their stories of loss, love and reconnection in post-Ebola Sierra Leone. Sample them below:
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And will Sierra Leone be ready, should the virus return? Hazel Healy travelled there to find out.
Statistics and more on the spread of the virus through West Africa.
Bankolay Turay’s story of student romance on ice.
Gangsters turned mobilizers, the Tripoli Boys kicked Ebola out of their neighbourhood. Amjata Bayoh and Mohamed S Camara find out what happened next.
Mariama B Jalloh’s quest to find her father’s resting place among the unmarked graves of those lost to Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Mamie Lebbi, the first woman to test positive for Ebola, describes how she survived in the bush with her husband’s help.
Serah Tomba went from being a student to sole carer of seven orphans.
Elizabeth Katta talks about the lingering impacts of teenage pregnancy, which spiked during Ebola.
Greg Wilpert reports on a country diverse in geography, politics and people.
Roxana Olivera meets indigenous women in Peru who are still waiting for justice, two decades after being forcibly sterilized.
How new trade deals – and Investor-State Dispute Settlements in particular – are giving more power to companies to sue countries for lost profits.
This month's cartoon comes from guest cartoonist José Antonio Rodriguez Garcia from Mexico.
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Kate Smurthwaite has an idea for how men can truly be feminist.
Mark Engler hails a significant victory for workers in the US.
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Smoke and ash in Afghanistan.
The Western Saharan singer and activist on Cuban solidarity, life as a refugee, and making her grandmother proud.
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