B&WEuropeStoryEbola Survivors by Marcello Bonfanti

The widest ebola epidemic ever recorded heavely stroke Sierra Leone with some 23.000 infection and over 9.000 deaths, that required the brave and complex intervention of international ngos in the attempt to fight the virus
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The widest ebola epidemic ever recorded heavely stroke Sierra Leone with some 23.000 infection and over 9.000 deaths.

That required the brave and complex intervention of international ngos in the attempt to fight the virus, confine the epidemic and avoid the spread towards the rest of the world.

The Italian go Emergency made available its high health care standards, with the help of the British cooperation (DFEED) that has built an ebola treatment center, where the Italian ngo has set up the only intensive care unit available in the entire country to cure the virus. Thanks to the medical care provided by Emergency, these women were able to leave behind this tragedy and restart an new life.

Monjama Moussa, 25, married mother of 4 children, from Goderich. She contracted ebola from a supplier of her coal shop. Her healing was considered as a sign of demon possession by her family that refused her.
Monjama Moussa, 25, married mother of 4 children, from Goderich. She contracted ebola from a supplier of her coal shop. Her healing was considered as a sign of demon possession by her family that refused her.

Salamatu Sesay, 48, lives Goderich.She contracted ebola from an infected priest going to church. After being cured she became immune to that kind of virus, so she applied for a job at the Ebola treatment center.
Salamatu Sesay, 48, lives Goderich.She contracted ebola from an infected priest going to church. After being cured she became immune to that kind of virus, so she applied for a job at the Ebola treatment center.

About Marcello Bonfanti

Marcello Bonfanti graduated in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in London – he immediately started to use photography as an extension of painting. Committed to the art of protraiture, he produced several photographic project on the topic of the identity. He received several international awards including the first prize in the ARTS – PORTRAITURE section of the Sony World Photography Award 2016, the Hodge award 2001 by the British newspaper The Observer and a prize at the World Press Photo contest 2005. He worked for the major national and international magazines and as a commercial photographer for some iconic companies of the Made in Italy. He has recently produced “Film city – Homage to Carlo Mollino” a fine art project supported by the European Community and UNESCO within the international project FLANEUR. [Official Website]

satu Kamara from Waterloo, passed the virus to her daughter Annie. She has lost her father and her brother.
satu Kamara from Waterloo, passed the virus to her daughter Annie. She has lost her father and her brother.

Mariama Jdyios, 27. She contracted the virus from her mother that also infected her father, her sister and her sister’s husband. Her entire family was killed by ebola, and now she lives with her friends.
Mariama Jdyios, 27. She contracted the virus from her mother that also infected her father, her sister and her sister’s husband. Her entire family was killed by ebola, and now she lives
with her friends.

Fatmata Kamara, 25, with her son Koday, 1 from Waterloo. She has lost her husband and her aunt. She contracted ebola together with her son and they both survived.
Fatmata Kamara, 25, with her son Koday, 1 from Waterloo. She has lost her husband and her aunt. She contracted ebola together with her son and they both survived.

Isata Kamara, 20, she contracted ebola from her sister that died together with her brother and her mother. The symptoms of the virus infection lasted for 2 weeks.
Isata Kamara, 20, she contracted ebola from her sister that died together with her brother and her mother. The symptoms of the virus infection lasted for 2 weeks.

Sankoh Isatu, 30 with her daughter Kaoiatu, 2. They contracted ebola from Sankoh husband that got sick in Kenema, while working as well digger.
Sankoh Isatu, 30 with her daughter Kaoiatu, 2. They contracted ebola from Sankoh husband that got sick in Kenema, while working as well digger.

Foday Kamara, 21 from Waterloo. She contracted the virus from her father, that died.
Foday Kamara, 21 from Waterloo. She contracted the virus from her father, that died.

Salamatu Conteh, 20, she has lost her brother and her mother. She contracted ebola at their funeral. She was cured by Emergency and after that she wanted to work for the ngo.
Salamatu Conteh, 20, she has lost her brother and her mother. She contracted ebola at their funeral. She was cured by Emergency and after that she wanted to work for the ngo.

 



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