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Congolese journalist who helped raise awareness of Ebola killed in attack, officials say

A journalist from Congo who was helping to raise awareness about the fatal Ebola outbreak among his communitywas attacked and killed at his home on Sunday, said officials.

The unidentified journalists, who also was serving as one community healthcare worker, had been attacked at his Lwemba home in DR Congo. In the attack, his wife endured serious injuries and was left with several wounds, as per a media release from health officials of Congo.

The intention behind the attack isn’t known yet.

The journalist worked for a radio station located in Lwemba as well as helped shed light on the nation’s 10th Ebola outbreak among his community, as per the release.

The authorities have initiated a probe into his killing and are trying to determine if at all the attack has a connection with the prevailing Ebola response. Meanwhile, two suspects associated to his murder have been arrested, as per the media release.

The United Nations and the government of DR Congo both have condemned the fatal attack, saying that any violent act against those involved with Ebola response is not acceptable. It compromises with the healthcare workers’ ability to offer assistance to the communities affected by the destructing effects of the disease, they further said.

By Maria Heley

Maria Heley is a social worker who aids the society with her knowledge of various diseases and healthcare issues. She wants her journalistic contributions in the health genre to reach the audience far and wide with better scope for a global change.