FEATURE. It is on the corpses of the virus is most contagious. Six teams face a maximum risk, crisscross the capital of Liberia to remove them.
Abraham was seven years old, he gasping sobs, clinging to her aunt. In his arms holding her little sister, Beatrice, 9 months, scared, including runny nose on his shirt. Katiatu Pallah, his aunt, his hands loose. And it should be. A large circle shape around the two children, made up of people in silent mourning neighbors and fischio.Abramo is stunned, but when he finally decides to move them all back. His mother died from Ebola mowed. Two cosmonauts does not see his eyes just presented his body, wrapped in a big black bag in the back of a pick-up. We Banjor, a former refugee camp in Sierra Leone. And this is exactly the twenty-first time the team collecting agencies involved in this part of the slum, forty homes. "Some have been completely emptied. Like that, right behind, watch Friday Kiyee. Seven people from one family ..."
Friday is the head of the number one team, one of six co-ordinated by the Liberian Red Cross since March, when the first wave of the epidemic. Expediency, perhaps: he has worked in a morgue that has closed. All deaths today are treated as victims of Ebola, to avoid contagion. And the payroll is interesting: $ 1,000 per month, a fortune in Liberia, even if the team is not receiving power. But there is not much. "It 's important that someone is in charge, I want to help my country," he says. Given the working conditions of those heroes in diving, one is forced to believe it. "It 'really does not make us happy, to do that," said Elijah Nimely, a former student of management of 26 years and a member of his team. "Sometimes the body is in a puddle of vomit, blood, or diarrhea." Do you remember the day when he removed seventeen bodies. Difficult cases they see every day, but this moves them.
Bendu Pallah died leaving two orphan: her husband fled when he became ill. Who will take care of Abraham and Beatrice? "Not me, I'm afraid, maybe they took Ebola also protested Katiatu cry. Which proves to me that I do not have it, otherwise it would take them." It is not unlikely to be provided with a certificate: these children have no reason to be brought to the center of support of MSF, who are not sick. Not yet. Abraham took care of her mother in her last days, and apart from a death Ebola, there is nothing more contagious than a terminally ill ... "These children are likely to die of hunger," Redoubt Kiyee Friday.
Fear and denial are reactions that teams gravediggers face every day, as well as the frustration caused by waiting: some have sometimes called the toll-free number 48 hours before, to be picked up by the body. In principle, the people threw stones at them, the teams are now accompanied by the police, which is at a safe distance. "As long as we do not provide evidence that he died of Ebola, we will not believe," he shouts Lionel Depaul, 30, then we remove one of his friends in the slums of Thinker Village. "In my opinion, he had pneumonia," he says. The tension mounts, a group blames the leaves of the team. Test, it is not his lavoro.Questo is the case support the team, which should happen before. Unusually, came and made a withdrawal. But it is rare that we have the time to go back and tell your neighborhood. Those who prefer to think that the deceased died of Ebola anything but.
As the disease progresses with its attendant stigma that also affect the gravediggers. "In my church, all forbade me to go to church, I do not want to approach" reflects Ebenezer Murbah, number one team member. The entourage is concerned that can carry the deadly virus, even if you take all precauzioni.Quando come to a house, they begin to spray chlorine on the scene and on the body before wrapping it in a bag, doused himself and another, sprayed once again. They then spray the car and touched the bag containing the personal effects of the deceased, and, finally, their equipment before removing carefully. For each case (a team manages about six per day), change "DPI", the "Personal Protective Equipment", with his mask, his apron, gloves, cap, glasses.
These measures reduce the risk and reassure the teams, but their application is hanging by a thread. At the headquarters of the Liberian Red Cross, in central Monrovia, the Secretary-General Fayiah Tamba despair overwhelmed by logistical problems. "Safety equipment is essential, but the airlines are closing and you arrive late, we sometimes get boots, gloves, and sometimes not enough ... because we are not the only ones who need PEP, MSF consumes a lot." At night, this precious material whose survival depends on the country fluctuated in the crematorium incinerator marshal, outside Monrovia. This is where they end their day in the gravediggers acrid smoke, and that the dead are cremated Ebola. "Flap is a meter in depth, we can not afford to bury and contaminate the water," explains Jean-François, architect at MSF . Fifteen years have passed since it aligns the mission for the NGO, but this is the first time that has to build crematoria. With the upsurge in cases, such as exists for the Hindu community, it has become totally inadequate.
Stephen Rowden, responsible for water and sanitation for MSF, is also here, every night, to oversee the return of the core team ELWA III, which resulted in eleven bodies. The lowest figure of the week. "During the day on the ground, are extremely meticulous, and here are relaxed," he sighed, then stopped: "You have your hoods of exposed skin on the face, please turn! Them!" Some suggest passing on this detail, "this time," Stephen is adamant: "It 's just that the fluid body of one of the bags, there is a projection, anyone nothing to be contaminated!" the side of the Liberian Red Cross, we are more relaxed, the material is removed with a recklessness that rocked Stephen Rowden. A team was on leave, the other five have brought twenty-eight bodies. For thirty people in all, gathered in Monrovia, how many are still waiting in the corner of a house infected? Kiyee for Friday, the workday is over. He jokes with colleagues and went home before the tour tomorrow. Unfortunately it is not close to being unemployed.
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