- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time magazine has named the aid workers fighting Ebola in West Africa as their highly anticipated “person of the year” for 2014.

Editor Nancy Gibbs, in a piece posted early Wednesday, wrote that the workers are selfless saviors in the fight against the deadly virus, which haunted Africa like a “mythic monster” for years before it exploded into a full-scale outbreak this year.

The outbreak has killed more than 6,300 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There was little to stop the disease from spreading further,” Ms. Gibbs wrote. “Governments weren’t equipped to respond; the World Health Organization was in denial and snarled in red tape. First responders were accused of crying wolf, even as the danger grew.”

“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.”

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