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14-03-2016 | Latest News , Africa

Daniel James, National safe and dignified burial team leader, Sierra Leone

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Ebola outbreak – B-roll of Ebola cemetery in Freetown, and of Daniel James, National safe and dignified burial team leader, Sierra Leone Red Cross Society

 

Two years following the declaration of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, communities and governments in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are moving into the recovery phase, determined to make their countries stronger before Ebola decimated families, economies and health care systems. 

Through its five pillared response, the IFRC, in support of the three affected National Societies, played a key role in helping to bring the outbreak to an end. Thousands of volunteers were involved in contact tracing, case management, beneficiary communications and social mobilization, psychosocial support, and safe and dignified burials (SDB).

Daniel James was working in the disaster management unit of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society when the outbreak started. When no one else volunteered to conduct safe and dignified burials (SDB), Daniel put up his hand. He was among the first to be trained on SDB in Kailahun district, the epicentre of the outbreak in the country, and after demonstrating leadership qualities, was promoted to head up the national SDB team for the National Society.

Daniel trained others across the country on how to provide SDBs, and took part in more than 500 burials in the first three months of the outbreak alone. He is quite proud of the fact that no member of his teams became infected with Ebola, despite having conducted approximately 50 per cent of all burials in the country.

 

TIMECODE: 

00:00 – 00:07 MS of men cleaning up cemetery in Freetown where Ebola victims are buried

00:07 – 00:17 MS of graves, with shot of 2 year old’s grave in the foreground

00:17 – 00:22 MS of row of graves

00:22 – 00:28 CU of grave from ground level

00:28 – 00:39 WS from up high of cemetery

00:39 – 00:52 MS of men digging at cemetery

00:52 – 01:06 CU of shovel digging

01:01 – 01:08 MS of family working out front of house

01:06 – 01:19 MS of graves from tombstone level

01:19 – 01:27 MS of row of graves and tombstones

01:27 – 01:36 MS of Daniel James talking with cemetery workers

01:36 – 01:46 MS of Daniel James talking

01:46 – 01:51 MS of Daniel James talking with cemetery worker then walks off

01:51 – 01:58 MS of Daniel James walking in cemetery through camera frame

01:58 – 02:03 MS of Daniel James walking through row of graves

02:03 – 02:14 MS of graves with grave marker in the foreground

02:14 – 02:39 WS of cemetery workers digging, then pan to cemetery grounds

02:39 - ENDS


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