Sierra Leone grave diggers down tools demanding danger money

Published on 7 Oct 2014

It is an unenviable job burying the bodies of Ebola victims but in Sierra Leone some grave diggers have gone on strike over the non-payment of a weekly risk allowance.

The strike could worsen the outbreak of Ebola in the country which recorded 121 deaths and scores of new infections in one of the single deadliest days last week.

Because the Ebola virus is highly infectious and remains active in the corpses of victims, disposing of the bodies is a dangerous occupation.