After long months of relative silence, the world finally heatedly debates on Ebola. The quantity of aid is widely considered to be the major problem. The quality of the aid being offered however, is not under scrutiny. Everybody seems to agree that all the outbreak needs is: more clinics, more medical personnel, more military personnel and central coordination. All this is, of course, necessary. It is questionable though, why and how foreign soldiers will be deployed. The slogan the United Nations uses for the Ebola outbreak may be “Ebola is war”, in reality Ebola is a virus that threatens and affects the poorest people of the affected societies.
Author Ginny Mooy is a Social Anthropologist and Sociologist of Non-Western Societies. She works as an anthropologist in Sierra Leone since 2006.