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Have you been discriminated against because of Ebola?

Have you been discriminated against because of Ebola?

Nov 18, 2014

Fears about the Ebola virus have lead to Africans feeling stigmatised around the world. If this has been your experience, theguardian.com would  like to hear from you.

Ebola is a frightening, dangerous disease. Three countries in west Africa – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – have borne the brunt of the latest outbreak with a combined death toll of nearly 5,000. All have declared an official “state of emergency” and their healthcare systems are struggling to cope.

There has only been one reported death outside of west Africa, but infections among people who have returned home from the region have put the world on high alert.

Fear and misinformation have not been far behind, with many Africans feeling stigmatised – despite having never been anywhere near the region.

An article about a simple map of Africa showing where Ebola isn’t inspired one of our readers to share her experience of being told to stay away from work after a family holiday to a non-affected country.

This is not an isolated experience. A footballer was asked to stay away from training after travelling to a non-affected country to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. A nine-year-old school in America was told she must have the virus because she was Liberian. And even far from the epicentre, tourism is suffering across the continent as holidaymakers stay away citing Ebola fears.

If you or your family have experienced from any type of discrimination we’d like to hear from you. Was it at work or in a social situation? What were the reasons given? And how did it make you feel? If you live in an affected country we’d like to hear from you too.

Share your experience using the Google form here. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic all of the information given will be treated confidentially.

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