Nur Dignity Transcript

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Nur Dignity Transcript

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Safe burials was another one as well. There was a lot of death taking place at that time. They were working to enhance and increase their ability to respond and pick up bodies, but a lot of people lost a loved one and had the body there for days. With the cultural practice, at least in Muslim culture, when somebody dies, if it's a female, the female family members wash the body. If it's a male, the male family members wash the body. Here are these people that are going against their religious and cultural practices of mourning and grief and handling the dead. Because in some cultures, the way that you're handled after death, it's almost like that's how you're--it can be perceived that that's--someone has a responsibility to make sure you get to heaven in the best way. And we were asking people, "Don't touch them, don't wash them, don't do these things that you've been taught that it's the word of God that you should do this," and then we're also leaving you with the agony of having a family member that's no longer alive, present for days. That was really hard as well. Transmission from a dead body, from what I understand, the quote-unquote "amount of Ebola" that is in your body or the ability to be transmitted is heightened from a dead body. And people wanted to take care of their dead. They wanted to make sure that someone died with dignity.

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“Nur Dignity Transcript,” CDC Museum Digital Exhibits, accessed June 14, 2024, http://cdcmuseum.org/items/show/782.