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Post by Libertine on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:46 pm

http://news.trust.org/item/20181010113144-jbwk4
KINSHASA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Congolese authorities announced a ban on Wednesday on harbouring suspected Ebola patients and promised police protection for health workers at burials, in a bid to fight back against local resistance to efforts to combat the disease.

Residents of eastern Congo have attacked health workers and refused to cooperate with government efforts to combat Ebola there, the country's second major outbreak of the disease this year, which is believed to have killed 118 people since July.

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Post by Libertine on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:53 pm

"The Democratic Republic Congo will deploy security forces to protect teams transporting the bodies of Ebola victims for burial, after several attacks on health workers during the latest Ebola outbreak in the country's troubled east, the government said...
...Last month, 21 people died in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces rebels in the city of Beni, forcing the World Health Organization to briefly halt their anti-Ebola operations there."
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/dr-congo-deploy-army-protect-ebola-funeral-workers-181010145124845.html

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Post by Libertine on Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:19 pm

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, members of the community stole the body of a woman
who died at the Beni Ebola Treatment Center on her way to the cemetery.
When the woman died, the family asked the response team to make some concessions regarding the burial
ceremony of the deceased. In particular, they requested that the hearse be driven by one of their acquaintances
and that 5 family members wear personal protective equipment in order to carry the casket.
This request was accepted by the response team provided that the procession was followed by a police vehicle.
However, as the procession made its way to the cemetery, the driver of the hearse suddenly changed course
to get back to the family plot in the Butsili district of Beni.
Arrived in the plot, several young people from a neighboring neighborhood then violently chased the police
and kept the body with them. Panicking and realizing their mistake, they finally went to the cemetery before
the end of the day and let the 5 family members wearing the personal protective equipment proceed to the
burial of the house. deceased.

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