Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the CongoIn a dusty field in Kinshasa earlier this month, a military guard snaps its rifles to attention. Fixed bayonets gleam, and the crowd settles into a hush broken only by the sound of babies crying. Laurent Kabilaformer guerrilla, one-time smuggler, and now president of the embattled Democratic Republic of the Congobends over one of the bawling babies and squeezes a few drops of pink liquid into her mouth. This is the commencement of the Congo's polio eradication campaign, and while it is grotesque that an effort to save lives begins with a military fanfare, it is also sadly appropriate. For the greatest obstacle to eradicating polio is not poverty or international... More >>>
By photo: Mark Schoofs
Immunizing a child in Kinshasa: We could vaccinate everybody, says one who official, "if there is peace."