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On Thursday, a day after the Ebola virus claimed the first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked another recent and ongoing health crisis while fundraising in Washington, D.C.

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What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world's most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.Is it true that atrocities in Africa garner little international attention because the victims are black?

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It's not just Uganda. The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become the 38th African country to ban homosexuality. A politician in Kenya, meanwhile, is demanding enforcement of a colonial law that criminalizes gay sex.

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If the Congolese can maintain hope in their horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert literally risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it's our human obligation to read them.If the Congolese can maintain hope in horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it's our human obligation to read them.

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Although more than half of the women in the world who die during childbirth perish in sub-Saharan Africa, the Republic of Congo’s government has efficiently allotted funds toward improving infant delivery conditions. The results have been a 50 percent decrease in maternal deaths in the past 10 years.

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