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Body Team 12 - The Ebola Body Collectors of Monrovia

Body Team 12 - The Ebola Body Collectors 
The Ebola Body Collectors of Monrovia, Liberia: Brave healthcare workers from around the world put their lives in danger with the hopes of saving infected patients, from the deadly ebola outbreak that has plagued west Africa for decades now. Liberian Red Cross healthcare workers found themselves walking the dirt streets of Monrovia liberia in the wee hours of the morning, to collect the infected ebola bodies dumped and left abandoned, taking them back to camps to be burned, with one mission--not infecting themselves or other with the discarded bodies.

These fearless healthcare workers take on the name as "The Body Teams" with their sole purpose of collecting and disposing of the infected. In the documentary Body Team 12 directed and produced by David Darg, with co-executive producer Olivia Wilde. “Ebola hero” Garmai Sumo part of the Body Team would receive the list of the reported deaths and their approximate whereabouts and set out with her team to collect them.  Body Team 12 won “Best Documentary Short” at the Tribeca Film Festival Check out the trailer below...


 The ethos of the Body Teams “learn-as-you-go.” 

  “There was always the chance of you contracting it.” Sumo says.

Hazmat suits, layers protective material, plastic gowns, goggles, and gloves, were difficult to don and doff in the sweltering heat. Sumo started collecting the infected bodies when only about 200 cases of Ebola reported in Liberia. Three months later it rose to approx. 14,000 cases.

 Scared in the beginning Sumo says “At first, I was confused. What kind of sickness is this? Blood coming out everywhere.” _________________________________________________________________________________

Director of the Body Team 12, David Darg helped get liquid chlorine, a disinfectant, to medical professionals like Sumo. “Liquid chlorine, I learned was one of the main solutions carried by the body teams,” says Darg. “They use it to spray the dead bodies and each other.” 

  “I did it for my country,” Sumo says. “I wanted to stop the virus from leaving the country and spreading as well. I want my son to grow up in a country that’s safe for him.” _________________________________________________________________________________ Read the full inspiration for this blog post at: theatlantic.com
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