WHO says Red Cross Volunteers in Guinea Facing Threats from Locals

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Red Cross volunteers working in Guinea continue to face serious threats from community people in Ebola affected areas.

The WHO statement follows the attack on two Red Cross volunteers on Sunday February 8, 2015 in the town of Forécariah, few kilometers from Conakry.

The aid workers were beaten up by community residents while attempting to provide a safe and dignified burial in the community.

WHO officials say an average of ten attacks per month have been committed against Red Cross volunteers in Guinea since July 2014.

Guinea is said to be first to record the index case of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the region. Despite community protests against aid workers, infections and death numbers are still lower than Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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