Majority Rwandans are not being allowed to cross to Ebola City Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of spreading Ebola.
This is despite the two countries’ health ministers agreeing on Tuesday that economic activities should not be hindered by cases of the disease in Goma, a city of about two million people and a regional commercial hub.
The Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has killed more than 1,800 people since last year.
On the Rwandan side of the border, only Rwandans with official work IDs are allowed through, which is affecting many of the small-scale traders.
Congolese citizens are not being prevented from crossing into Rwanda.
The closure for Rwandans is impacting lives of thousands, some journalists at the border have informed us.
Some vendors, who live in Gisenyi on the Rwandan side, said for two days she had not been able to take their vegetables over to sell in Goma.
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