Over 500 found dead in DRC mass graves

Grant Boone
February 1, 2019

Since the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared six months ago on 1st August 2018, more than 740 people - 30 per cent of whom are children - have been infected with the disease, including over 460 who have died, and 258 that have survived Ebola.

Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Congo, also known as MONUSCO, confirmed the claims with The New York Times, adding that a fact-finding team sent to the region had unearthed the burial sites.

A dispute linked to a tribal chief's burial is seen as a catalyst for the fighting between the Banunu and Batende communities.

In eastern DRC, the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus disease which began six months ago, has now officially become the second largest ever, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.

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The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners have continued to face challenges in the containment and control of the Ebola Virus disease (EVD) outbreak in DR Congo. The UN and its humanitarian partners dispatched emergency help - medicine, food, water tablets and malaria kits - to further help the communities.

In Katwa during the past 3 weeks (since 9 January), 49 health structures were identified where confirmed cases were hospitalised, including nine health centres where nosocomial transmission potentially occurred. Those clashes, we think, took place between 16 and 18 December past year.

Voting in affected areas was postponed while the Electoral Commission building was among facilities destroyed.

General Bernard Commins, MONUSCO Force Deputy Commander, in Yumbi, where clashes between Batende and Banunu communities last December caused the deaths of hundreds, and the displacement of many others. Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes.

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