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<ul><li> 1. TIMEs 2014 Person of the Year:The Ebola Fighters</li></ul> <p> 2. They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved. 3. Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the heros heart. 4. Featur ed on the covers: Ebola survivor Dr. K ent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, nurse aide and survivor Salome Karwah, MSFvolunteer health promoter Ella Watson-Stryker, and ambulance team supervisor and survivor Foday Galla. 5. For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythicmonster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice andthen returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form,a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve anddoctors despair because they have no cure.But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, poweredby the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities andlifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums inLiberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, toSpain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses inunprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructurethat was weak in the first place.One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babieswhen hospitals couldnt admit them for complications. Anyone willingto treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. 6. Ebola is a war, and a warning. The global health system is nowhereclose to strong enough to keep us safe from infectious disease, andus means everyone, not just those in faraway places where this isone threat among many that claim lives every day.The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men andwomen are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage andmercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, forpersisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIMEs2014 Person of the Year.Nancy Gibbs 7. Behind TIMEs Person of the YearEbola Fighters CoverFive images that define the fightagainst the deadly virus 8. Dr. Jerry Brown, 46,medical director andsurgeon in Monrovia,LiberiaThere was a kind of gravity tothe way Dr. Jerry Brown andhis staff were working, saysNickerson. When we met Dr.Brown, we had the idea to dosomething very simple againsta plain color, something of amore formal portrait. And then,he invited us to go into theEbola Treatment Unit, into thereception area where he getsdressed. It was a very simple,bare room. It had a single lightbulb, and I just thought itcaptured the atmosphere andgravity of what they weredoing. Photograph by JackieNickerson for TIME 9. Salome Karwah, 26, caregiverat the Doctors WithoutBorders/Mdecins SansFrontires (MSF) clinic inMonroviaShes an [Ebola] survivor and anincredibly brave woman, saysNickerson. When we met Salome,she was a typical young woman, shewas all dressed up, she had jewelryon and she was a little nervous abouthaving her picture taken. But then,she put her scrubsshe became verycalm, a little bit introverted. Sheshowed me where she worked in theMdecins Sans Frontires /DoctorsWithout Borders (MSF) compound.We just wanted a plain background,so we came out of the dressing roomand [this shot was taken] right there.Photograph by Jackie Nickerson forTIME 10. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33,physician withSamaritans PurseKent was working in WestAfrica doing a lot of hard,selfless work to help peopleout, says Schutmaat. I met athis church in Fort Worth, Texas.TIMEs photo editors and I feltthat since he was a man of faithand since he was guided by thatfaith, it would be good tophotograph him in there. Andwhile the portrait is very formal,the whole meeting was veryinformal. We talked a bit, tried anumber of different set-upsusing natural light. I had noinclination to shoot for thecover. I was just shooting how Inormally would shoot.Photograph by Bryan Schutmaatfor Time 11. Ella Watson-Stryker, 34,health promoter with MSFWe took this picture very early in themorning, because everybody at MSFis incredibly busy, everybody is doingvery important work, says Nickerson.And here we are, we come along andwere trying to take them away fromtheir important job. It literally took us10 minutes to do that shot; and shewas distracted, she wanted to doother things. What I love about thatpicture is the fact that its just her.Shes not trying to be anybody else.Shes just standing there because Ihave to take her picture. And shes avery attractive person, but you cansee the tightness in her face becauseshes been working in Liberia andSierra Leone as well. Shes had a longrun of it. Photograph by JackieNickerson for TIME 12. Foday Gallah, 37, ambulancesupervisor in MonroviaFodays story is heartbreaking, saysNickerson. He contracted Ebolawhen he was trying to comfort ayoung kid, who was incrediblydistressed. I just had to pick the kidup and comfort him, he told us. Ofcourse, he got vomit all over him andthats how he got Ebola. Hes theshinning example of what the rightthing to do is. Hes a shinningexample that we should all try tofollow. He really did touch me with hisstory. I dont usually like to use theword hero, but I have to use it here.Photograph by Jackie Nickerson forTIME 13. The Ebola FightersThe Doctors 14. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33Physician withSamaritans Purse,Bryan Schutmaatfor TIME 15. Dr. Jerry Brown, 46 Medicaldirector and general surgeonat the Eternal Love WinningAfrica [ELWA] Hospital inMonrovia and director of theELWA 2 Ebola treatmentcenter, Jackie Nickerson forTIME 16. Dr. Mosoka Fallah, 44 AnAmerican-educatedLiberian infectious-diseaseexpert who returned to hiscountry last year to helpestablish a school ofpublic health and nowleads the effort to find,monitor and isolate thecontacts of Ebola victims,Jackie Nickerson for TIME 17. Dr. Philip Ireland, 44Liberian doctor at JohnF. Kennedy MedicalCenter in Monrovia,Liberias largesthospital, BryanSchutmaat for TIME 18. Dr. Bruce Ribner, 69Medical director of EmoryUniversity HospitalsSerious CommunicableDisease Unit in Atlanta,Bryan Schutmaat for TIME 19. The Ebola FightersThe Caregivers 20. Foday Gallah, 37 Ambulancesupervisor, Monrovia, andEbola survivor, JackieNickerson for TIME 21. Morris Kanneh, 45 Driver forthe Liberian Red Crossdead-body-managementteam in Monrovia,JackieNickerson for TIME 22. Salome Karwah, 26 Nursesassistant at the Doctors WithoutBorders/Mdecins Sans Frontires(MSF) clinic in Monrovia and anEbola survivor, Jackie Nickersonfor TIME 23. Katie Meyler, 32 Founderof More Than Me, aschool for vulnerablegirls from the West Pointslum in Monrovia, JackieNickerson for TIME 24. Nelson Sayon, 29 Workerwith the Liberian RedCross body-managementteam, Monrovia, JackieNickerson for TIME 25. Ella Watson-Stryker, 34Health promoter withDoctors WithoutBorders/Mdecins SansFrontires (MSF), JackieNickerson for TIME 26. Nancy Writebol, 59Missionary serving withSIM, Rajah BoseTheNew York Times/Redux 27. The Ebola FightersThe Nurses 28. Kaci Hickox, 33 Nurse with MSFquarantined in U.S., BryanSchutmaat for TIME 29. Iris Martor, 32 Nurseat the More Than MeAcademy, a school forvulnerable girls fromthe West Point slumof Monrovia, JackieNickerson for TIME 30. Nina Pham, 26 Nurse atTexas Health PresbyterianHospital, From left: AmberVinson and Nina PhamBryan Schutmaat for TIME 31. The Ebola FightersThe Scientists 32. Thomas Geisbert, 52Virologist who conductedthe first trials of the drugTKM-Ebola, BryanSchutmaat for TIME 33. Dr. Peter Piot, 65 Co-discovererof Ebola,Bryan Schutmaat forTIME 34. Dr. Pardis Sabeti, 38Geneticist who sequencedthe Ebola genome from theoutbreak, Jackie Nickersonfor TIME 35. Scenes From Monrovia, LiberiaJackie Nickerson For Time 36. Steriliz ation area with bleach solution at the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital's Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia,Liberia. 37. Liberian Red Cross dead body management team photographed at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia. 38. Steriliz ed rubber gloves at ELWA's Ebola Tr eatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia. 39. Steriliz ed protective clothing drying station at Doctors Without Borders Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia. 40. An education mural in Monrovia, Liberia. 41. The chapel which was converted into the first Ebola treatment unit at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. 42. Any PP E (Personal Protective Equipment) th at cannot be sterilized and reused is burned at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia,Liberia. 43. Scenes From Monrovia, LiberiaA Photographer is Covering Ebolas Deadly SpreadDaniel Berehulak, The New York Times/Redux 44. Membe rs of a Liberian Red Cross burial tea m, under contract from the Liberian Ministry of Health, remove the body ofsuspected Ebola victim Lorpu David, 30, on Sept. 18, 2014, in the Gurley street community in central Monrovia, Liberia 45. Membe rs of a Liberian Red Cross burial tea m, under contract from the Liberian Ministry of Health, remove the body ofsuspected Ebola victim Lorpu David, 30, on Sept. 18, 2014, in the Gurley street community in central Monrovia, Liberia 46. A buria l team collects the body of a 75-year -old woman in a neighborhood called PHP in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 18, 2014. 47. A resid ent of the West Point neighborhood covers his nose as a burial team leaves with a body in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept.17, 2014. 48. Membe rs of a burial team from the Liberian Red Cross remove the body of a man, a suspected Ebola victim, from a home inMatadi on Sept. 17, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. 49. A mem ber of a Liberian Red Cross burial te am is disinfected, with chlorine sprayed on by a colleague, after havingremoved the body of a man, a suspected Ebola victim, on Sept. 6, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. 50. Residents look on as the body of a man suspected of dying from Ebola lies in a busy street after it was reportedly draggedthere to draw the attention of burial teams. For several days, his family had asked for the body to be picked up, to no avail.Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 15, 2014. 51. Friend s and relatives weep as a burial team removes the body of a 75-year-old woman. Her neighbors insisted she had diedof a stroke. Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 18, 2014. 52. Eric Gweah, 25, grieves as he watches members of a Red Cross burial team carry the body his father, Ofori Gweah, 62, asuspected Ebola victim, in a riverside area called Rock Spring Valley in central Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 18, 2014. OforiGweah had endured Ebolas telltale symptoms for six days, his family took him to treatment centers twice, only to beturned back. So many Ebola victims are dying at home due to a severe shortage of treatment centers in Monrovia, andmany of the ill are infecting family members, neighbors and others in a ballooning circle of contagion. 53. Reside nts discuss an Ebola awareness cam paign in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 30, 2014 54. James Dorbor, 8, suspected to have Ebola, lays on the ground as his father Edward tried to get the boy to drink coconutwater. They waited for James to be admitted into the JFK Ebola treatment center on Sept. 5, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. 55. Edwar d Dorbor reacts after believing that h is son, James Dorbor, 8, had died. However, the boy survived for a fewadditional hours before dying at the JFK Ebola treatment center on Sept. 5, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. 56. Medical staff rush into the treatment facility, carrying James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola. Since the healthworkers weren't wearing the appropriate protection against Ebola, they positioned James' body in a way to limit exposureto the deadly virus. Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 5, 2014 57. A relative grieves as members of a Liberian Red Cross burial team dress themselves in full protective clothing prior toremoving the body of suspected Ebola victim, Ofori Gweah, 62, on Sept. 18, 2014 in central Monrovia, Liberia. 58. Medical staff spray down a small plastic bag containing the blood sample of Hawa Konneh, 9, a suspected Ebola victim, asshe lays on the dirt wrapped in a shawl in front of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Ebola treatment center, as hermother, Masogbe, sits near to her prior to Hawa's passing away on Sept. 4, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. 59. Reside nts of the West Point neighborhood attend church after a 10-day quarantine was lifted in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 31,2014. 60. Behind the Scenes of TIMEs Person of the Year Photoshoot in Liberiaend 61. Photo grapher Jackie Nickerson photo graphs nurse Salome Karwah in Monrovia, Liberia on Nov. 26, 2014Paul Moakley 62. TIMEs Africa Bureau Chief Aryn Baker (right) in Monrovia, Liberia Jackie Nickerson for TIME 63. TIME s Deputy Director of Photograph y Paul Moakley (right) and TIMEs Africa Bureau Chief Aryn Bakerin Monrovia, LiberiaJackie Nickerson for TIME 64. cast TIMEs 2014 Person of the Yearimages and text credit www.time.comMusic Africa Musiccreated olga.e.thanks for watching </p>