They were traveling to raise awareness about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Instead, it seems, they encountered violence.
Eight people on an Ebola team were killed in southeastern Guinea, near the country’s border with Liberia, a government spokesman said in a statement Thursday. Among them were health care workers and local journalists.
Residents in the small town of Womey threw stones at the Guinea Ebola team when they arrived earlier this week, forcing them to flee, spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said. Some members of the group were able to safely reach the nearby town of Nzerekore, he said, while nine others went to find refuge around Womey.
Only one of the nine was found alive, hiding near the town.
And this is why it will be impossible to contain this outbreak without a military solution.