Working in West Africa during the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Rachel was struck by the frightening parallels with Albert Camus’ novel “The Plague”.
The city in Camus’ novel was under siege, just like the capitals of Sierra Leone and Liberia; its citizens were coping with a long state of emergency, the deaths of national figures and loved ones and isolation from the rest of the world. Mixing oral history interviews with archives and the insights of Camus, Rachel Maher tells the story of this modern plague.
Australian Nurse Brett Adamson, who treated victims of the virus in Liberia, reads from “The Plague” in the programme.
Rachel wrote a story on experience to launch her work.