A Trust-Healing Mission

When conflicts arise between Ebola responders and the communities they’re trying to protect, Julienne Anoko, an anthropologist from Cameroon, is summoned. 
 
In the DRC, that includes mourning with grieving mothers, arm-wrestling to bond with teenagers—even crawling into body bags to understand complaints that the dead aren’t being carried gently.
 
She understands that what people in crises (“at the worst moments of their lives”) is empathy—not the "brusque urgency of a giant bureaucracy.” 

And she knows that it isn’t doctors “who decide whether people follow the tradition-bending demands of this disease … It’s worried mothers and heartsick husbands and grieving friends.”

The Christian Science Monitor

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