Guinea Health Team Killed While Helping Africa’s Ebola Outbreak
According to BBC News, eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say. The bodies of health workers, local officials and journalists were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.
The team combatting the virus, disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents in the village of Wome in southern Guinea. Wome is where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded. A journalist who managed to escape told reporters that she could hear villagers looking for them while she was hiding.
Albert Damantang Camara, government spokesman, said Thursday night, the victims were “killed in cold blood by the villagers.” The bodies showed signs of being attacked with machetes and clubs. Six people have been arrested and the village is now reportedly deserted.
The motive for the killings has not been confirmed, but the BBC’s Makeme Bamba in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, says many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the disease.
Gayana Sark | News Cult