Survivors Cope with New Ebola After-Effects
Kenema, Sierra Leone – Massah Kamara sat patiently with her brother Momoh, her haunted eyes focused somewhere in the middle distance beyond the walls of the post-Ebola clinic.
Three months earlier, doctors gave her the good news – after weeks of fighting the disease, she had finally beaten Ebola. She would live.
Back in her home neighbourhood of Nyandeyama, a quiet suburb of sandy streets and mango trees, she found out 22 members of her family were dead, including her parents. She had no money, so was unable to go back to her tailoring business, and many of her possessions had been burned by terrified neighbours.
Then, just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, she began to lose her eyesight.