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Community health workers assist patients as they gather their medications and supplements to discuss them during remote visits with pharmacists. Photo courtesy of Khmer Health Associates

Scientists at Work: How pharmacists and community health workers build trust with Cambodian genocide survivors

Studying medication use in a traumatized population of immigrants required pharmacists to listen to and learn from trusted community health workers.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah speaks after submitting his candidacy papers for the presidential election last November. The poll was postponed. EPA-EFE/Stringer

Why elections will not solve Libya’s deep-rooted problems

The biggest challenge is that the government does not have a monopoly over the legitimate use of force.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells. Hélène Veilleux/Flickr

How someone becomes a torturer

Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Prisoners are forced to play music as they lead a fellow prisoner to his execution at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Votava/Imagno via Getty Images

How the Nazis used music to celebrate and facilitate murder

Music is supposed to transcend the mundane and horrific. Yet it has also served as an accompaniment to torture and punishment.
A reception centre near Namur, Wallonia, one of the largest in the Belgian reception network. May 24, 2018. LUCA MANUNZA/lucalasius/instagram

How do asylum seekers view Belgium’s emergency system?

Only rarely are refugees’ and migrants’ words taken into account about the reception system in Europe. And what they tell us is frightening.

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