The danger stemming from the ebola crisis in west Africa is hazardous beyond simply the immediate threat of contracting the deadly disease. Rather, the social and economic consequences of this emergency are widespread and is affecting the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. People are out of work, and food prices have skyrocketed in some regions. This fascinating video from the World Food Program demonstrates the economic affects of the ebola outbreak as it relates to food prices, food availability and the prospect of hunger.
It’s an angle of this crisis that is rarely explored by the media, but is critically acute for people living the region.