Ebola: Aid groups halt work due to attack

Posted by Grand News | 25 September 2018 | 645 times

Aids agencies working for the prevention of Ebola in Congo DRC are being forced to stop their activities after a rebel attack in Beni on Saturday killed 21 people.

The bloodshed occurred on Saturday in Beni, a flashpoint city in North Kivu region. The Congolese army has blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a notorious rebel militia.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said it, and other aid agencies, have been forced to temporarily suspend activities in Beni because of the attack.

"This points to an increasingly worrisome security situation across the country," the group said in a statement on Monday, adding that it had to halt activities due to intensifying and frequent clashes in Djugu territory in the northern province of Ituri, and Fizi in South Kivu over the last two weeks.

"These suspensions have disrupted aid to thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection," the NRC statement added.

Stephen Lamin, area manager of the NRC, said it was a "worst-case scenario". The group provides food, household items, education and legal counselling in the region.

The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo's east has infected at least 118 people, 69 of those who have died, according to Congo's health ministry.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga claimed the health staff temporarily suspended field activities that required home visits, and that "all pillars of the response remain fully operational".


Source: Grand News

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