Friday, August 8, 2014
Health workers in protective gear wheel a stretcher into a hospital with one of two Spaniards who were repatriated from Liberia, shortly after their arrival in Madrid yesterday. Among the world’s poorest states at the bottom of global development indicators, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had shown signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa’s economic boom — before a lethal Ebola epidemic struck. As the world’s biggest outbreak ravages the populations of these small states from West Africa’s Mano River Region, their resource-dependent economies are reeling from the impact. With the death toll more than 900, Ebola is hitting tourism, reducing travel and trade, and slowing farming and mining, delivering body blows to what had been buoyant GDP growth driven by increasing foreign investment, officials said.