Mariama Manneh, the first woman to join the Red Cross burial teams, buried 16 people on her own birthday. There were many children among them. She is a mother herself. Manneh joined the Red Cross burial teams because she wanted to maintain the dignity of the women who had died of Ebola. No one asked her to join, it was her own decision. She says that her family were terrified when she told them about her plan. She had to move out of her home and her little daughter was taken away from her. She felt stigmatized and lonely. Other members of the burial team were the only ones she could spend time with.
Sierra Leone // 2016 // IFRC, FRC

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