Womey massacre

The Womey massacre is about a deadly attack on and murder of eight members of a team of healthcare workers, journalists, and government officials who were affiliated with the conflict resolution non-profit Search for Common Ground and who in mid-September 2014 traveled to the Village of Womey in Guinea's southwest region to educate the locate population during the West African Ebola virus epidemic outbreak. [1] The team had come to warn the village about dangers of the Ebola virus disease. [1] [2] [3] By 24 September 2014, Ebola disease was reported to have killed over 600 people in Guinea during previous months. [4]


The attack on the Ebola Health Team in Womey, Guinea is related to the mistrust and miscommunication between villagers and the Guinean government. After the attack, a local police officer named Richard Haba explained the villager's belief that Ebola "is nothing more than an invention of white people to kill black people". [5] The underlying problem is believed to be fear. [6] A coordinator with Search for Common Ground, Aly Badara, said, "In that part of Guinea, there is no faith between those people and their government." [7]

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