A The new wave of ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) threatens to undermine efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in other parts of East Africa and beyond .
A new outbreak of fighting in the province of Ituri means that thousands of families may be forced to flee through the Ebola area of neighboring North Kivu. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief executive of the World Health Organization, warned Tuesday that political instability would worsen the epidemic.
Humanitarian agencies warn for months that the Ebola virus is out of control, threatening to repeat the epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,000 people. A mass movement of people in north-eastern DRC, in the heart of the disaster zone, could be catastrophic.
During a visit to North Kivu this weekend, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart highlighted the critical funding gap, calling on European countries to offer "a surprisingly small supply." Without increased funding, Ebola will continue to rage.
Health workers and aid workers remain at bay, trying to stop the epidemic in a war zone while fighting for desperately needed resources.