John Wessels

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貝尼位於剛果民主共和國東北方,25年來因國內武裝衝突而持續動盪不安,2018年還必 須應付致命伊波拉病毒的嚴重爆發。據判有超過一百支武裝部隊在這個區域活動。伊波拉病毒爆發的同時,貝尼及其附近城鎮受到的攻擊與日俱增,據報此波攻擊次數是紀錄 上第二多的。要在衝突爆發的狀況下壓制高傳染性的疾病幾乎是不可能的。人們被迫四 處遷徙,導致難以追蹤病例,某些傳出疫情的地區也難以到達。

John Wessels

South Africa, Agence France-Presse
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A health worker waits to handle an unconfirmed case of Ebola at a treatment center north of Beni, 7 November.

Beni, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been affected by conflict for over 25 years, and in 2018 also had to deal with a major outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Over 100 armed groups are estimated to be active in the region. Attacks in and around the town spiked during the Ebola outbreak, reportedly the second-largest recorded anywhere. Containing the highly contagious disease was almost impossible in a conflict situation. Widespread displacement made tracking cases complicated and meant some stricken areas were difficult to access.