Influx of Mistrust

The Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is contending with deep distrust and rumors spreading online, writes Vittoria Elliott.
 
On one Facebook page with 230,000 members, users both ridicule disbelief in Ebola and fan conspiracy theories that it doesn’t exist. Some urge people to stay away from treatment centers. Part of the distrust stems from the sudden influx of resources earmarked for Ebola, rather than other diseases and everyday needs.
 
“These communities have never seen this kind of mass mobilisation before… And they’re wondering why now?” said Francesco Segoni of Médecins Sans Frontières, which had 2 treatment centers attacked in February.
 
The New Humanitarian

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