Lost lives and empty chairs: Liberians mark anniversary of Ebola outbreak

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Victoria Topay and her children pose for a portrait at their home in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia.

The empty chairs represent her husband and family members who died of the Ebola virus during an outbreak in 2014. The past week marked the second anniversary of Liberia’s first two cases of Ebola, in Lofa County, near the border with Guinea. On Friday, health authorities said a woman admitted to a clinic in Paynesville died of the disease. Liberia was declared transmission free in January.

The epidemic claimed the lives of more than 11,300 people and infected 28,500. The disease brought devastation to three most affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.