Brutal Violence Feeds a Devastating Disease

300,000 people have fled ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeast in this month alone, UNHCR reported yesterday.

Reports of fighting between the Congolese armed forces and non-state forces in the country’s Djugu territory include “brutalities against civilians, killings, and sexual violence.”
It poses an ominous threat in the country’s fight against Ebola; the WHO’s Tarik Jasarevic confirms. “Every time you have people moving in high numbers, it’s more complicated to work on follow-ups: contact-tracing, follow-ups on people basically who are supposed to be observed on a daily basis, or for 21 days,” he says.

UN News

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