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Botswana has the world's largest elephant population, with some 130,000 animals. Greg Du Toit/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media/Getty Images hide caption

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Orthopedic surgeon Kebba Marenah and his team get ready to perform knee surgery on a 14-year-old at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, the capital of Gambia. The country struggles with a lack of access to sufficient pain medications. Samantha Reinders for NPR hide caption

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A Place Where The Opioid Problem Is Upside Down

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Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie poses at a community space where women cook and sell meat. She started drag as an escape from oppression she felt at Stellenbosch University for being "black, Xhosa, poor, queer and effeminate." "It is through pageantry and performance that I became more inclined with my queerness and how boundless expression should be," she says. "Drag became the therapist I never had." Lee-Ann Olwage hide caption

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Workers sort through bundles of vanilla at the Virginia Dare warehouse in Antsirabe Nord, Madagascar. When this photo was taken last year, the warehouse contained roughly $5 million worth of vanilla. Tommy Trenchard hide caption

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Samuel Swedi, 22, is an electrical engineering student at Goma University in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He doesn't have a textbook — just whatever notes he has written in his notebook. Samantha Reinders for NPR hide caption

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In Congo, Ebola Is Just One More Thing To Worry About

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Esperance Nabintu, 42, an Ebola survivor, photographed on Aug. 15 in Goma. One of her children also contracted the disease and survived. But her husband, Rene Daniele Fataki, died from the disease. This photo was taken as friends and family gathered at her home to mourn and to celebrate his life. Samantha Reinders for NPR hide caption

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Laborers in the sugar cane fields of Central America are experiencing a rapid and unexplained form of kidney failure. Above: Harvesting sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Whatever Happened To ... The Mysterious Kidney Disease Striking Central America?

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Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang points to South Africa's current flag as he welcomes a ruling against its old flag in Johannesburg Wednesday. At right is Ernst Roets, leader of the AfriForum group that was targeted in the foundation's lawsuit. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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Locusts swarm over Yemen's capital. Mohammed Huwais /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Maybe The Way To Control Locusts Is By Growing Crops They Don't Like

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Hassan Hajjaj, born in Morocco in 1961, is often called the Andy Warhol of Marrakesh for his fusion of glamour and everyday life. Both are evident in his 2017 portrait Cardi B Unity. The rap star, dressed in a high-fashion outfit, sits on utilitarian green plastic cartons against a textured fabric backdrop. The frame consists of tins of green tea, each decorated with a butterfly. Hassan Hajjaj/Courtesy of Third Line Gallery, Dubai, and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York hide caption

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