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Rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army making their way to a camp in southern Sudan. The group forcibly recruits children. EPA/Stephen Morrison

Why some rebel groups force kids to fight: it depends on how they are funded

Natural resources are an important factor in explaining why some rebel groups forcibly recruit children into their ranks.
Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science. Shutterstock

Why Ebola is proving hard to beat in the DRC

Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
A health-care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

Stopping Ebola before the virus goes viral

History, and math, tell us that the Ebola virus spreads exponentially quickly. This means Ebola is a global problem and all nations need to rally -- to stop the epidemic fast.
A nurse nun visits the graves of victims of a 1976 Ebola outbreak. Wikimedia Commons

Africa’s missing Ebola outbreaks – podcast

The audio version of a long read on the historical mistakes and cover ups that hampered the response to the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014.
The Monkeypox virus was isolated most recently in 2012 from a dead infant mangabey (species of monkey) in Ivory Coast. Shutterstock

Monkeypox has resurfaced in Nigeria. What you need to know

A disease suspected to be monkeypox is on the rampage in Nigeria. In less than one month, it has spread to seven of the country's 36 states and infected 31 people.

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