Climate Change and Infected Bushmeat Threaten Women on Frontlines of the Ebola Crisis

By Alexandra Tempus

In May, a woman in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, prepared some wild game her husband had hunted. The animal carried the Ebola virus, which infected the woman and then spread to her husband, eventually killing them both. They left behind two sons, ages five and 10, and another country on the cusp of disaster.

"This disease has us under siege," wrote Patricia French, the national coordinator for Young Green Women Sierra Leone, an advocacy group for women and climate issues, in a recent appeal for aid in the ongoing epidemic.

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