‘A rumour can take on a life of its own very, very quickly.’
Fighting the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has proven deadly – not only to aid responders who have suffered nearly 400 attacks since the outbreak began in 2018, but also to those fighting the spread of misinformation about the disease.
Papy Mumbere Mahamba was one such casualty. In November 2019, the community radio broadcaster was stabbed to death in his home in Lwemba – a town in the heart of the Ebola outbreak zone.
Mahamba had been working with the Congolese Ministry of Health’s Ebola response efforts to broadcast information on Radio Lwemba about the disease to the local community.