Africa And Seventy Percent discussed on All Things Considered


Let's go now to the center of Africa to a place we rarely hear from Goma is a sprawling border city of two million in Democratic Republic of Congo it's trying to keep at bay what's become the second largest Ebola outbreak in history and Paris either Peralta is they're welcome hater hello Sir give us some context here because I understand this Ebola outbreak has basically remained in two provinces in Congo at least up until now but it's clearly spreading to Goma there been four cases what is gonna doing take to keep Ebola from spreading even further well lots and that's really important because this is a major transit hub and you notice it as soon as you land before coming into the airport you're asked to wash your hands with the bleach water solution and the nurse will take your temperature restaurants banks cellphone shops the squeeze hand sanitizer as you walk in and this is a country where three kisses are the norm and people are taking precautions they're giving what is known as the a bold look reading which means you tap your elbows to say hello and shaking hands are giving kisses and of course health authorities have vaccinated more than one thousand people in this city who they believe may have come in contact with the fires and I understand it to the people who survived the virus single member treated with new drugs what are these new drugs can tell us anything about them yeah I mean this is huge they are the first time that scientists have identified clearly effective treatments for people who have Ebola and these are two regiments which help the immune system fights the virus in the were in trials down here in Congo they were able to save about seventy percent of the people who were given the treatment you mentioned that health workers are trying to vaccinate more people but since Ebola was detected in Congo last year there has been difficulty getting more and more people vaccinated why that is in security there are more than one hundred armed groups in this part of Congo any bowler respond there's have been attacked and that is fueled by a lot of mistrust and conspiracy theories that westerners and the government have created Ebola to try and kill people here in in in Congo so how concerned do people seem in Goma right now about these most recent cases the whole tone is feeling the effects you can't move without seeing medical trucks and tents but I was in the neighborhood today were people they have set up roadblocks because one of their neighbors had been robbed in two of that neighbors children had been shot by police and they kept telling you look so much money is being poured into a bowl up but nothing is being done about the everyday skin security that we face I spoke to Fidel Buffy Limbaugh an activist here and he thinks this simple outbreak offers the chance for the world to look at how it has continually filled Congo one of the things that he points at is that the U. N. has its biggest peacekeeping mission in the world here and yet Congolese are still being killed all the time let's listen to a bit of what he told me I think we had come to a point where we realize in very high poultry see racism Hey true way of from the western wall to become less people this has been so since the first ever raw white man's cities sleeps on the Congress soil and it's never too people here in Goma they feel abandoned they have been betrayed again and again not just by their government in Kinshasa but by the world so she doesn't blame them for thinking that the people trying to help with the beloved are actually trying to

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