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Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung arrived in Democratic Republic of the Congo just four weeks ago – one of hundreds of disease experts that the World Health Organization has recruited to help curb the ongoing Ebola outbreak there.

An epidemiologist from Cameroon, Mouzoko was assigned to lead the local response team in one of the worst hot spots within the city of Butembo. He was an instant hit with his team — able to joke around with them even as he pushed them hard.

But at least one colleague says that behind the scenes, Mouzoko was starting to grow uneasy. Since February there had been a series of direct attacks on Ebola responders. Gunmen stormed two Ebola treatment centers in three separate assaults. And increasingly when health workers and burial teams would enter some of the hardest hit communities they were threatened with stone-throwing or worse.

…continue reading ‘The Doctor Killed In Friday’s Ebola Attack Was Dedicated … But Also Afraid’

 

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