Time magazine has named Ebola caregivers as its “Person of the Year”, honoring the doctors, nurses, researchers and volunteers involved in relief operations for their “tireless acts of courage and mercy”.
“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight,” Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs wrote Wednesday.
“For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year,” Gibbs wrote.
The magazine will release five covers: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, nurse aide Salome Karwah, Doctors without Borders volunteer Ella Watson-Stryker and ambulance team supervisor Foday Galla.
The five represent all who dedicated their year to treating and curing the disease.
The Ferguson protesters, who rallied across the US and demanded an end to police brutality and racial profiling, took the No. 2 spot on Time’s list.
Russian President Vladimir Putin — who claimed the title in 2007 — came in at No. 3, Iraqi Kurdish Region president Masoud Barzani ranked No. 4, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma was No. 5.
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