Ebola in Bundibugyo
But worse than this is an outbreak of bubonic plague just north of the Ebola-hit district. It kills more women than men because the men sleep on beds where the fleas that carry the plague can't jump; while the women, by tradition, sleep on the floor.
As I started making dinner just now I thought of this - all those people suffering and their friends and relatives wondering what is in store for them. Then I thought about how parochial we are - if a plane came down anywhere and killed and hurt this many people it would be flashed everywhere - maybe because this could happen to any of us. Ebola outbreaks (and modern-day outbreaks of plague), however, tend to occur in the poor places where needles are shared, the nurses wipe away tears with the corners of their aprons and then comfort their patients with hugs. This part of Africa is remote and beyond contemplation - and so we disregard.
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