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Celebrating endurance

Charity | A big prize for a doctor who lived through Ebola, and honor for a genocide survivor
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/13/19, 04:55 pm

A New York moment:

Dr. Rick Sacra, one of the American missionary doctors who contracted Ebola in 2014, is back serving in Liberia. But he was in New York this month to collect a $500,000 L’Chaim prize for his remarkable work, money that will go to expand the work of the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, a ministry of the missions organization SIM. Several Liberians based in the United States came to the prize dinner too—the Liberian community in Worcester, Mass., recently raised money for the first residency program at ELWA. 

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Afghanistan’s deadly fight for democracy

International | The United States says Afghan troops can handle the intensified violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/18, 03:34 pm

As Afghanistan wraps up a parliamentary vote marred by nearly 200 violent attacks and 50 deaths, U.S. officials insist the country can manage the violence and protect the democratic process.

Last weekend’s vote was the first to take place in war-torn Afghanistan since 2010. Afghan officials deployed about 70,000 police and soldiers to guard polling stations after the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) vowed to target voters.

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U.S. to scrap protection for Liberian immigrants

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/28/18, 11:12 am

The Trump administration late on Tuesday announced it would end a program allowing Liberian immigrants to live legally in the United States, due to “significant progress” in their country. The United States had allowed Liberian citizens to live and work under Deferred Enforcement Departure, which began in 2007 during President George W. Bush’s administration and was extended by President Barack Obama in 2016. The program accepted Liberian immigrants due to political conflict and the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak.

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