Ebola in Sierra Leone

Kenema, in the south of Sierra Leone, is a closed city. Kenema is said to be the heart of the 2014 outbreak of Ebola that has hit the African country. On the surface it seems that life continued as always, but you could feel the fear in the air. In the city men appeared dressed in white, with special suits that cover them from head to foot, wearing mouth masks and diving goggles.. They are the burial team, the groups that run the city and the countryside to collect, transport and bury the dead in the cemetery. One wrong move and they are likely to be infected with ebola. Some of them transported and buried friends and relatives. Some of them have been infected and died. They are afraid, but fear does not stop them, because they are convinced that their help is essential at this time. They don’t it for money, the salary is poor, but to help their country, Sierra Leone.

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/8000sec, f/20, ISO 8000

    Kenema, Sierra Leone, Abdullah Ibrahim's wife during the funeral of her husband. The man died of ebola.

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/1600sec, f/9, ISO 8000

    Kenema, Sierra Leone. A member of the burial team at the city cemetery

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    Luigi Baldelli

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    Sony NEX-7, Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA 1/10sec, f/2.0, ISO 800

    South of Sierra Leone. A house in a village in southern Sierra Leone. The south is one of the area most affected by ebola

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/25sec, f/3.5, ISO 800

    Freetown, Sierra Leone, A man infected with ebola in the isolation unit of the main hospital

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/1000sec, f/9, ISO 1000

    On the way from Freetown to Kenema, sanitary control. Anyone traveling to and from Kenema, is subjected to the control of body temperature. The high temperature can be a symptom of Ebola

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    Luigi Baldelli

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    Sony NEX-7 E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/15sec, f/3.5, ISO 800

    Zimmi village, Sierra leone. In this tiny village two people died of Ebola. They have had contact with other villagers during the ebola disease

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/250sec, f/9, ISO 1000

    Freetown, Sierra Leone. The market in the center of town

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony NEX-7, Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA 1/1000sec, f/8, ISO 800

    Kenema hospital, Sierra Leone. A member of burial team outside the hospital morgue

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony NEX-7 E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/1250sec, f/9, ISO 800

    Zimmi village, Sierra leone. In this tiny village two people died of Ebola. They have had contact with other villagers during the ebola disease

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony NEX-7 E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/1600sec, f/10, ISO 800

    Zimmi village, Sierra leone. In this tiny village two people died of Ebola. They have had contact with other villagers during the ebola disease

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/50sec, f/3.5, ISO 800

    Pujehun, Sierra Leone. In many hospitals the beds are empty. The people don't want to be hospitalized because they are afraid of being infected by the ebola virus

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/320sec, f/8, ISO 800

    Kenema, Sierra Leone. A member of the burial team at the city cemetery

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    Lianne Milton

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony NEX-7, Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA 1/60sec, f/4.0, ISO 800

    Lungi, Freetown, Sierra leone. Lungi beach

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    Luigi Baldelli

    Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sony α7 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 1/4000sec, f/11, ISO 8000

    Kenema, Sierra Leone, Three members of the burial team at the city cenetery

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Luigi Baldelli

Introduction

"To me, photography does not give answers, but emotions and questions."

Luigi's work focuses on social issue of our time and the human condition in all its aspect.

From refugees’ condition to drought in Africa, from war in Afghanistan to narcos in Mexico, his documentary photography always puts man at the center of the story.

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