Diseased corpses of Ebola victims STOLEN by their distressed families

Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE dead bodies of Ebola victims are being stolen by their mourning families, it has been reported.

By Rachel O’Donoghue
13th October 2018

The killer virus is currently sweeping across the Congo, with the number of cases dramatically increasing in the past month.

But attempts by health officials to stop the spread of the disease have been made even more difficult by conflicts with poor communities.

As well as reports of infected people trying to escape facilities where they are being treated, there have also been incidents of health workers being attacked and infected bodies being taken by grieving relatives.

Just this week, the family of one deceased Ebola victim stole the hearse containing the body after they were told they would have to wear protective clothing at the funeral.

Congo’s health ministry said the vehicle drove off “at full speed” and was later found a local cemetery containing the family’s burial plot.

The ministry later said the family promised they had not touched the corpse and agreed to have Ebola vaccinations.

The incidents are linked to a growing distrust among locals about health officials trying to stem the spread of the disease.

Patrick Kyana, a resident from the north-eastern city Beni, said: “Until now we didn’t know enough about Ebola and we felt marginalised when Red Cross agents came in and took the corpse and buried it without family members playing a role.

“It’s very difficult. Imagine that your son dies and someone refuses to let you assist in his burial. In Africa, we respect death greatly.”

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