Already a fragile and poor state pre-Ebola, poverty has only deepened in Liberia, increasing the country’s vulnerability to an outbreak—which some experts fear is likely.
Lois Parshley provides a glimpse into the crushing poverty and weakened health systems that allowed the virus to take hold there in 2014, and finds that in many ways, little has changed. In just one example, a tour of the GoByeandChop market in Monrovia, Liberia reveals that despite a ban on bushmeat, dozens break the law daily.
The Quote: “I don’t believe it’s in my meat,” said Rebbeca Klhea, a monkey meat vendor. “I’ve been doing this 20 years. I haven’t got Ebola.”