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Barnabe - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Barnabe, who surely has one of the toughest gigs around, has many reasons to smile this week.

He has been coordinating a team of volunteers to perform safe and dignified burials in Mbandaka, following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. It’s crucial work to help stop the disease from spreading.

This week the end of the Ebola outbreak was officially declared – that means it has been 42 days without a new confirmed case. It’s a time to mourn the lives lost and also celebrate the dedication of volunteers, like Barnabe’s team, and the communities who worked together to contain the disease.

Photo: IFRC/Corrie Butler. Meet more of the people featured in our Stories of Life series.