Shikha Dalmia on How Western Aid Contributed to West Africa's Ebola Epidemic


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Both Nigeria and Liberia were hit by Ebola. But whereas Nigeria has managed to contain the disease, in Liberia it has turned into a deadly epidemic. What's the difference between Nigeria and Liberia?

Liberia is among the most indebted nations in Africa, notes Shikha Dalmia, and Nigeria is the least. Its capital, Monrovia, is crawling with NGOs and the U.N. is already spending $500 million to maintain a peacekeeping force. In other words, as one African writer pointed out: "The virus has managed to escape from a country that has one of the largest concentration of 'helpers' in the world."