WHO / EBOLA SURVIVOR

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Father Lucien Ambunga received a hero’s welcome by his community in Itipo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after making a full recovery from Ebola. WHO

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DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2018, ITIPO, ÉQUATEUR PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

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08 JUNE 2018, ITIPO, ÉQUATEUR PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Various shots, people in Itipo greeting Priest
2. SOUNDBITE (French) Lucien Ambunga, Priest:
“What I can say now. It’s not a lot but it’s what is in my heart: it is joy, since they said that I was already dead, but the Lord showed me grace and I came back to life.”
3. Med shot, people in Itipo greeting Priest
4. Med shot, Priest celebrating with community
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Lucien Ambunga, Priest:
“Now, what I have to do first, is make my parish aware that this virus exists (Ebola), they have to accept that. And they have to accept, in case they are sick, to go quickly to the hospital, like I did. Then they will have an 80% chance of being cured like me and to return like me to the community.”
6. Various shots, people in Itipo celebrating
7. med shot, Anoko
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Julienne Anoko, Social Anthropologist, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We need to take care of their reintegration because many of them are being stigmatised by their communities because the communities don’t know, they are afraid.”
8. Wide shot, church exterior
9. Med shot, parishioners waiting for mass
10. Med shot, Priest Lucien Ambunga praying
11.Med shot, Priest Lucien Ambunga dancing

STORYLINE:

Father Lucien Ambunga received a hero’s welcome by his community in Itipo after making a full recovery from Ebola.

Ambunga was released from hospital and returned to the village on Friday (8 Jun). People chanted in the remote village chanted “the hero this year is Courage”, in reference to the Priest’s nickname.


SOUNDBITE (French) Lucien Ambunga, Priest:
“What I can say now. It’s not a lot but it’s what is in my heart: it is joy, since they said that I was already dead, but the Lord showed me grace and I came back to life.”
When he was diagnosed with Ebola last month, Father Ambunga was taken to the town of Bikoro to stay in an Ebola isolation facility in the general hospital. Now, after his full recovery, he plans to raise awareness among his parishioners about the disease.

SOUNDBITE (French) Lucien Ambunga, Priest:
“Now, what I have to do first, is make my parish aware that this virus exists (Ebola), they have to accept that. And they have to accept, in case they are sick, to go quickly to the hospital, like I did. Then they will have an 80% chance of being cured like me and to return like me to the community.”

According to Julienne Anoko, a social anthropologist working at the World Health Organization, many Ebola survivors are stigmatised by their communities. She said, “We need to take care of their reintegration because many of them are being stigmatised by their communities because the communities don’t know, they are afraid.”

The parish of father Ambunga seems to have overcome their fear of Ebola. On Sunday, Father Ambunga led his first mass after recovery.
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