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Died from Ebola:Photos from the last three days of Marie Finda’s life

More than 1,000 presumed dead from Ebola during an outbreak in West Africa. One of them is 33-year-old Marie Finda Kamono who fell ill in her hometown Guéckédou in Guinea. She vomited, had diarrhea and was very tired - typical symptoms of Ebola, which in a short time had cost five members of her family life. The French photographer Sylvain Cherkaoui came the last days of Marie Finda Kamonos life.

Marie Finda Kamono is waiting for the doctors that her sister Fatou has summoned so that they can examine her.

Before the doctors begin their work Finda has to go to the toilet. She comes with great difficulty out again after 10 minutes.

A doctor from the organization Doctors Without Borders takes Finda’s temperature. It is 36.6. It is not a clear indication of infection or not.

A difficult walk
Finda ask for permission to enter the ambulance. The walk is only 30 meters, but she must take several breaks along the way.

On the way to the ambulance Finda spills drinking water on herself and she is soaking wet when she reaches the vehicle.

On the road
During the drive Finda must lie on a foam mattress on the back of the SUV, which acts as an ambulance.

At the medical center Finda is greeted by a nurse and is escorted to a department for persons believed to have Ebola.

Abdominal pain
A doctor wearing protective gear examines Finda after she told of her abdominal pain. The day after she is diagnosed with Ebola.


The day after the Finda has been diagnosed, her surroundings are to be disinfected with chlorine to reduce the spread. This is the toilet.

The team behind the disinfection must also take care of Finda’s home, which they are heading to. They mainly use chlorine to solve the task.

Ebola is transmitted by direct contact. The cleaning staff is safe if they protect themselves with suits.

The house is emptied
The house will be empty of all belongings that cannot be cleaned with chlorine. They must be destroyed.

Contagion risk
Finda's mattress can be contaminated, which cannot be cleaned which is why it is burned.

Two days after she tested positive for Ebola, Marie Finda Kamono dies at night while her family is on their way to visit her.

After the death of Finda the family comes with the colorful costume she is dressed in. The flowers she received from Docters Without Borders.

Contagion risk
Finda has probably been infected with Ebola, because she made an Ebola diseased ready for burial. Therefore, she is placed in a sealed body bag.

Gravesite ceremony
Finda is buried a few steps from his home.

Findas family and people from the community attend the funeral. Her mother stands in the middle of the picture.

Longing and guilt
The sister Fatou grieving at the grave. Several people from the community blame her that Finda wasn’t allowed to stay with the family.


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