Christina Ragone

Ebola Outbreak Declared A Public Health Emergency In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that the number of people infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 28, with seven confirmed cases in urban settings. Officials initially believed that the outbreak was confined to Bikoro, a rural setting near the […]

Confronting A Crisis: Nigeria’s Public Health Response To Lassa Fever Outbreak

Nigeria is in the midst of a public health crisis, fighting its biggest outbreak of Lassa fever to date. On April 1, the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) released a report announcing six new confirmed cases in the five states- Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau, and Abia. The report also […]

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution Citing Iran Arms Embargo Violation

On Monday, February 26, Russia vetoed a United Nations (UN) resolution citing Iran for an arms embargo violation. The British-drafted resolution was based on a UN report that targeted Iran for funnelling weapons and missiles into war-torn Yemen. The draft exposed Iran’s violation of a 2015 arms embargo on Yemen, […]

Ambulance Bomb Kills 103 In Afghanistan

On 27 January 2018, a bomb killed 103 people and injured countless others in Afghanistan. The attack occurred between two major checkpoints in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, where insurgents loaded an ambulance with explosives. They entered the city’s first checkpoint after the driver allegedly informed guards that they were taking […]

The Rise Of Vaccine-Preventable Infectious Diseases In Yemen

On January 22, 2018, Saudi Arabia announced that $1.5 billion worth of aid would be provided to the people of Yemen. The country vows to expand Yemen’s port capacity in order to allow more fuel, food and medicine to enter into its borders, as well as establishing safe passageways for […]

Seven Killed During Gun Battle In Kashmir

Seven people were killed in a gun battle in Kashmir on Saturday, November 18th. Officials have identified six of those killed as separatists, while one was an Indian air force commando. State police chief, Shesh Paul Vaid, stated in an interview to reporters that Indian troops had reason to believe […]

Somalia In Mourning Over Deadly Bombing In Mogadishu

On October 14, at least 231 people were killed, and hundreds more wounded, in a deadly truck bomb attack in Somalia. The explosion occurred in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the country’s most populated city. The Somali government has declared that the nation will be in a period of mourning […]

Offensives Against The Islamic State In Syria: Russia And The United States

Six members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were wounded in an attack by the Syrian government on Saturday, September 16.The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters that is supported by the United States. Government forces, heavily supported by Russia, led an air strike in the Deir […]

Iraqi Forces Detain Family Members Of Islamic State Fighters In Tal Afar

As of September 10, more than 1,300 family members of Islamic State fighters have been detained by Iraqi forces. These individuals, primarily women and children, are placed at a camp in northern Iraq. According to officials, these families surrendered to Kurdish forces when an Iraqi offensive mission forced the fighters out […]

26 Soldiers Killed During Militant Attack In Somalia

26 soldiers were killed in an attack in the village of Bula Gudud in Somalia on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The attack occurred when al-Shabaab fighters entered a military base near Kismayu, a southern port city in Somalia, and attacked Somali soldiers on the site. Mohamed Isa, a military officer, […]