UN Vows to Tackle DRC Rebels, Ebola Crisis

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The head of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations has vowed to do more with Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to help improve security in the country’s east, where attacks by rebels are affecting efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 150 people.

The UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said on Wednesday the UN “will do our best to contain the Ebola outbreak” despite armed groups threatening security.

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The World Health Organisation’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined Lacroix in Beni as part of joint UN efforts to stop Ebola.

It is the first time an Ebola outbreak has occurred in DRC’s far northeast, where multiple rebel groups are active.

The ministry of health has said teams responding to the Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average.

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