New publication by Christoph Vogel on Ebola in Eastern DRC

(26-08-2021) Rebels, Doctors and Merchants of Violence: How the Fight Against Ebola Became Part of the Conflict in Eastern DRC

The facts date back to between 2018 and 2020, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the first time, the Ebola epidemic hit an area of ongoing hostilities among dozens of belligerents, including Congolese security forces.

The Riposte, a combined national and international response to contain the disease, was not only affected by the violence, but also unintentionally contributed to the conflict. And, despite the vast sums spent, Ebola continued to spread in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, which were already hard hit by decades of armed violence. All this is demonstrated in a new report by the Congo Research Group : “Rebels, Doctors and Merchants of Violence: How the Fight Against Ebola Became Part of the Conflict in Eastern DRC"