RPT-Ebola sucks life from W. African states weakened by war, poverty

Thu Aug 7, 2014 2:00am EDT
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* Deadly virus ravages nations already among world's poorest

* Impacts seen on GDP growth, trade, transport and mining

* Food inflation a worry as farmworkers flee disease

* Major investors alert, no rush for the exit yet

By Clair MacDougall and Emma Farge

MONROVIA/DAKAR, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Poverty, then war, and now, a deadly plague.

Among the world's poorest states at the bottom of global development indexes, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had shown signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa's economic boom - before a lethal Ebola epidemic struck.

As the world's biggest outbreak ravages the populations of these small states from West Africa's Mano River Region, their resource-dependent economies are reeling from the impact.   Continued...