Epidemic and violence in Ebola: North Kivu got double. In the last six months, around 500 people have died of the Ebola virus in eastern DRC. It is the tenth outbreak of the disease in the last 40 years. At the same time, citizens are suffering under the violence of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The rebel army has already killed thousands of people in Central Africa in attacks and battles.
In these circumstances, it is extremely difficult for NGOs to help effectively. Not only has ADF attacked many of Ebola's treatment centers, but also protesters who oppose politics from the capital Kinshasa. These people are angry because they could not vote in the presidential elections last December. They say the Congolese government used the Ebola epidemic as an excuse to exclude areas like North Kivu from voting.
The inhabitants of the city of Beni were not allowed to vote in the presidential elections in December
The Ebola virus continues to spread and humanitarian workers suffer from political violence. Therefore, many doctors in North Kivu fear that the epidemic can become an uncontrollable and permanent part of life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We traveled to Beni, a city in North Kivu, to understand how the country fights against Ebola.
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A nurse disinfects an ambulance
It is the tenth epidemic of Ebola in the last 40 years
Potential people infected with ebola are quarantined in large tents
Anyone who has ever had ebola is immune to the virus. That's why many of the previous patients help in treatment centers
The caretakers decorated the center with Christmas decorations
Because of the heat, the helpers wear only protective suits for an hour and a half. The garments are disinfected after use according to strict specifications
The properties of new patients are immediately burned
Ebola transmits on body fluids. This is why you have to follow a rigorous procedure when wearing it, so that the suit is completely waterproof
The helpers write the names of the others on the forehead. It is an attempt to make the contact between patients and auxiliaries more human
Even more Christmas decorations
Many people flee because of violence in the region – making it even more difficult to stem the virus