Via ReliefWeb, a report from UNMEER: UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 18 February 2015. Click through to download the PDF.
Key Political and Economic Developments
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark's mission to the Ebola-affected countries continued in Sierra Leone on 17 February. In addition to meetings with President Ernest Bai Koroma, ministers and representatives of the UN Country team in the country, Ms. Clark met with UNMEER and National Ebola Response Center (NERC) representatives.
She also held discussions with affected communities in informal settlements in Freetown. The visit was an opportunity to get a first-hand impression of how effective UNDP's support through the crisis has been, and also to discuss strategies for future work in support of economic recovery.
According to media reports in Guinea, on 17 February, 58 individuals have been convicted over an attack on Ebola workers in January 2015. Charges included assault and battery of several government workers and staff from MSF, destruction of public buildings, public insults/threats and rebellion.
The group has been on trial in Forecariah, and people were arrested after the attack in early January 2015 on the nearby island of Kakack.
Community resistance remains widespread particularly in ten prefectures: Boffa, Dubreka, Faranah, Forecariah, Kindia, Kissidougou, Kouroussa, Macenta, Kaloum and Matoto.