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Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

18.10.2019

Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

Arlette Kavugho was discharged from an Ebola ward in eastern Congo in March, but...

FILE PHOTO: Arlette Kavugho, 40, mother of six and Ebola survivor who works as a caregiver, carries Kambale Eloge, 16 months old, whose mother died of Ebola, during her visit to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) creche for children whose families are suspected or confirmed Ebola cases, in Katwa, near Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

To this day, Kavugho has not been able to find the graves of her 19-year-old daughter and two-month-old granddaughter, who died of Ebola while she was receiving treatment and were hastily buried to avoid any further contamination.

More than 3,200 people are known to have been infected with the virus, of whom more than 2,100 have died since the outbreak was declared in the eastern region.

“It hurts when I walk past the school where I was teaching, and the children who recognize me start screaming in my direction: Ebola, Ebola,” Kombi said.

Accusations like this are common in eastern Congo, where many residents see the outbreak as a money-making scheme made up by the government and outside organizations.

The antibodies developed during their illness mean they can spend entire days with patients wearing only partial protective gear and not the stifling head-to-toe suits donned by doctors and nurses.

In Katwa, outside of Butembo, Noella Masika, wearing blue scrubs, a surgical mask and a hair net, bathed a 1-year-old girl suspected of having Ebola in a small plastic bucket.

Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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As they do in West Africa, even to this day. One of the worst behaviour traits of the African in my humble opinion. After the one plane carrying over 125 top doctors specializing in AIDS/EBOLA was blown out of the sky by Ukrainian warlords the mysterious disease jumps around Africa again,but much more intense and widespread.

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As Ukraine waited for U.S. assistance, death toll on eastern front line grewAlthough there is no way to link deaths directly to the lack of aid, military officials and other Ukrainians say they felt temporarily abandoned by their foremost ally: Washington. Same could be said for any number of skirmishes currently going on in the world today. And yesterday. And the day before. Picking this one for political virtue signaling and an opportunity to belittle Trump is fake virtue. (C&P) 'As far as withholding funds, those funds were paid,' Trump said. 'They were fully paid. But my complaint has always been, and I'd withhold again and I'll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine.' trump is a demoniac man.

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