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Violence Against Ebola Volunteers Conducting Safe Burials Hampers Efforts To Contain Disease, Red Cross Says

Agence France-Presse: Red Cross denounces attacks on Ebola teams in Guinea
“The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Wednesday denounced a series of violent attacks on its volunteers battling the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea. The world’s largest humanitarian network said the latest case involved two burial workers who were beaten up on Sunday by a mob in the western town of Forecariah…” (Bah, 2/11).

New York Times: Red Cross Faces Attacks at Ebola Victims’ Funerals
“…The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reported Thursday that since March, the organization’s burial teams in Guinea have been attacked verbally or physically 10 times a month on average…” (Belluck, 2/12).

Reuters: Red Cross Ebola teams in Guinea attacked 10 times a month
“… ‘As long as people have misconceptions about how Ebola is spread, and continue to prevent volunteers from doing their work, we will not stop the disease,’ said Youssouf Traore, president of the Red Cross Society of Guinea…” (Hussain, 2/12).

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