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[Editorial] Was DR Congo’s Ebola virus outbreak used as a political tool?

From its very start, the people of DR Congo have perceived the Ebola response as politicised. In a country where violence is widespread, massacres happen on a regular basis, and the scale of poverty and hunger is devastating, for many Congolese, the Ebola virus outbreak was a comparatively minor threat to their lives. They saw the scale of the international response in North Kivu as disproportionate and suspiciously timed in the lead-up to the first democratic presidential election in decades. A substantial proportion of the Ebola responders’ work had to be directed towards dissipating these concerns and building trust with community leaders.