Things to not dress up as this halloween:
  • ISIS (people are doing this, don’t)
  • Ebola (people are also really doing this, again don’t)
  • Any sort of legitimate tragedy (do not be that girl that dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim)
  • Sexy Indian princesses
  • Geisha
  • Mexican sombrero dude
  • Blackface
  • basically anything racially or culturally insensitive. if you have to think about it, don’t do it

Seriously, have fun without being an asshole.

Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

More than 360 African health workers died of Ebola this year. Some of them made headlines around the world, such as Dr. Umar Sheik Khan, the Sierra Leonean physician who treated more than 100 Ebola patients before contracting the disease himself.

But most of the fallen health workers didn’t get that degree of attention. They were doctors, nurses, midwives, lab technicians. They didn’t have the proper protective equipment. As they tried to save the lives of others, they sacrificed their own.

The loss is tremendous. Liberia, for example, a nation of 4.3 million, had only about 50 doctors before the Ebola outbreak. The country has reportedly lost four of them to the epidemic.

In some West African clinics and medical facilities, the faces of the lost health workers stare out from tribute walls: Photos of the deceased are posted in hallways outside offices and examination rooms. A person’s name and job may be scrawled in ink underneath the photo, along with a personal note.

At Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, the messages included:

“Angie, We all love U but God loves U. May her soul rest in perfect peace.”

“Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.”

“Another fallen hero.”

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Photo: Theses 32 health workers are among the 360-plus who sacrificed their lives in the fight against Ebola. Their names are listed at the bottom of the post. The photos are displayed at the Liberian Midwives Association in Monrovia. (NPR Composite)

So we come up to the end of 2014...

… and many people will say, ‘2014 went so fast’, ‘what, it’s 2015 already?, it was like 2008 yesterday’

But so many important things happened this year

(Ukraine, February, 2014)

So many important things

(Hong Kong Umbrella Riots, September 2014)

in which people united

(Ferguson, USA, August 2014)

to stand up for justice

(Malala wins the Nobel Peace Prize, December 2014)

to stand up for what they believe in

(Beyonce’s Feminist performance at the VMAs, August 2014)

a year when millions of us took to twitter to campaign against inequality

(YesAllWomen tweeted 1.2 million times in 2014 in response to NotAllMen)

(Eric Garner’s last words have been named ‘most notable quote of the year’, December 2014)

a year when we remembered those who fell in years past

(Poppies at the Tower of London mark 100 years since WWI, November 2014)

and paused to remember what once divided us

(25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall)

we also mourned many more recent loses

(Flight MH17 is shot down over Ukraine, 298 people die, June 2014)

(Michael’s Browns family at his Funeral, August 2014)

(Flowers are laid in Sydney after two hostages die at hands of gunman, December 2014)

(Memorial for the 141 students and teachers killed in a terrorist attack on their school in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 2014)

(Ebola kills 7,373 and counting in Western Africa, 2014)

and prayed for those who are still missing

(Flight MH370 went missing, with 239 people on board, March 2014)

(219 school girls taken by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram remain missing, Nigeria, April 2014)

(43 students missing in Mexico are feared dead, November 2014)

But we cannot give up hope

(Gay marriage is legalised in Finland, one of many places to legalise it this year, December 2014)

(Protester in Thailand adopt Hunger Games Salute, October 2014)

(Laverne Cox is Glamour Woman of the Year in a groundbreaking first for Trans women)

nor the courage to say what we need to say

(Emma Watson’s He for She speech at the UN, September 2014)

(Ellen Page admits she is gay in a tearful speech, February 2014)

So when people say, ‘Nothing happened this year’

(The Scottish people vote ‘No’ for independence from Great Britain)

Remind them what happened this year

(We landed a probe on a comet! Philae lands, November 2014)

(A Baby with HIV is cured after a breakthrough drug treatment, June 2014)

Because 2014 was a year that happened

(Ellen’s Oscar Selfie breaks twitter, March 2014)

We all lived through it

(Protests continue throughout New York against racist police brutality, December 2014)

and now we have to remember it

(Germany wins the world cup in Rio)

because forgetting would mean it meant nothing

when 2014 was important

remember that

Remember it for those who cannot remember it for themselves

(Robin Williams, 1951-2014)

(Michael Brown, 1996-2014)

(The 288 people, mostly students, who died in a ferry accident in South Korea, May 2014)

So we can look ahead to 2015, knowing we have made mistakes, but also growing as people and continuing to do what is right

I hope you all have a great holiday season and a happy new year in peace, but please remember all those on this list that didn’t make it through this year. Thank you.

Africa is the world’s second largest continent. But it’s not unusual for Americans to classify it as a single entity, ignoring the many cultural, economic and geographic differences between its 47 countries. If three countries in Africa are going through an Ebola epidemic, the other 44 must be too, right?

5 schools freaking out about Ebola because they don’t realize Africa is a really big place

Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Is Discharged

Liberia’s last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country and marking a milestone in West Africa’s battle against the disease.

Officials in Monrovia, the city where the raging epidemic littered the streets with bodies only five months ago, celebrated even as they warned that Liberia was at least weeks away from being officially declared free of Ebola. They also noted that the disease had flared up recently in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, the two other countries hardest hit by it.

“It was touching, it was pleasing,” Tolbert Nyenswah, the deputy health minister in charge of Liberia’s fight against Ebola, said in a telephone interview about the ceremony. “There was a lot of excitement because we feel that this is a victory.”

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A day after the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola, the doctor who treated the country’s first case of the deadly virus and later died from the disease herself is being hailed as a hero for helping stop the outbreak. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a doctor at First Consultant Hospital, oversaw treatment of Patrick Sawyer, Nigeria’s Ebola patient zero, when he arrived sick in Lagos, Nigeria’s former capital and Africa’s largest city, on a flight from Liberia in July.

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