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October 14, 2016

A Race to Stop Cholera in Haiti

As relief efforts continue in Haiti, development groups and public health officials are working to keep cholera at bay. Access to clean water is the most effective way to curb the spread of disease, as cholera thrives in contaminated water and leaves patients dehydrated. ActionAid is delivering chlorine tablets to people in high-risk areas as part of their emergency response efforts.

This is not the first time that Haiti has been at risk from a cholera outbreak. Following the 2010 earthquake, cholera introduced by UN peacekeepers killed approximately 10,000 people.

Dancing and Death: Two Sides of Damascus

Behind the daily stories of bombings in Syria lies another: On October 7, thousands of Syrians participated in the “I Love Damascus” rally and affirmed that “Syria will achieve victory over terrorism.” While the event has been seen by some as a symbol of hope amidst the civil war, it has drawn criticism for dismissing the suffering that people in other parts of the same city face every day.

Some Girls Released from Boko Haram

In Nigeria 21 girls have been freed from Boko Haram after two and a half years of captivity. Amidst the joy of their return, the Nigerian government says it will continue efforts to bring back the other 197 girls who are still held by Boko Haram.