Red Cross Clarifies Burial Team’s Speculation

The Liberia National Red Cross Society has termed speculation that it’s safe and Dignified burial teams are collecting money for the service provided as untrue and misleading.

It has been speculated that the staffs on the Red Cross Burial teams are demanding money from community members and bereaved families but the LNRCS clarified that its services are absolutely free, adding that the rumor is a mere fabrication to mislead the public.

The Liberian Red Cross in a press statement further maintained that its SDB staffs have collected 3-thousand and two suspected and confirmed Ebola bodies in Montserrado from July 27, 2014 to January 6, 2015and there has been no proven report linking them to such practice.

The Red Cross is providing life-saving services to communities affected by the ongoing Ebola epidemic and there is no way it will take money from the people it targets in contradiction of its humanitarian principal.

The LNRCS stated the speculation is troubling and has the propensity to undermine the level of progress made by it and its international Partners in the Fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Release added that the act of people wanting to use the identity of the Institution to spread misleading information to the public is unacceptable and wants the community dwellers to report any Red Cross staff/volunteers demanding money for services provided.

The Secretary General of the National Society Fayiah Tamba has early stated that the Red Cross Movement is committed to continuously raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis and advocate for increased support from its international partners and adequately response to the needs of the vulnerable people.

The Red Cross is strongly complementing the efforts of government in the areas of Social Mobilization and awarenessraising, psychosocial counseling, contact tracing, Save and Dignified Burial, Food Distribution,and Community home based protection since the EVD emergency in March 2014, and this we will maintained, the Secretary General concluded.