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Wonderful news for saving the elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice profit.

So the news from Mozambique recently was good — wonderful, in fact.

Thousands of elephants have been killed by poachers in Mozambique’s Niassa wildlife preserve during recent years. But during the past year, not a single one of the animals was claimed by poachers. Not one.

Niassa is a huge preserve, larger than Switzerland. It represents a major hope for preserving African elephants.

Conservation groups have praised Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi’s action on behalf of the elephants. He authorized a rapid intervetion force to thwart poachers.

Nyusi deserves enormous credit for his action. But more than that, he has earned something more concrete from the United States. U.S. officials, assuming no aspect of foreign policy argues against it, should find a way to reward Nyusi and help him save the elephants.

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Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it.

Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in less developed countries, it can be even more deadly.

Africa is Ebola’s home, and it breaks out frequently there. Occurrences can kill thousands before it is brought under temporary control.

When those in African nations have to do battle with Ebola, the stories of their struggles are sobering and distressing.

In Uganda, an outbreak is straining the resources of courageous health care workers. They try to isolate Ebola patients, but lack adequate facilities. They attempt to operate in sterile environments, but cannot.

An Associated Press story about the outbreak in Uganda noted that in one hospital, workers lack enough disposable gloves to keep them protected from the disease. They have to be rationed.

Imagine: Disposable gloves, much like those we Americans buy in boxes of 50 or 100 to keep paint from getting on our hands, are in short supply in an Ebola hospital. The thought is, or ought to be, staggering.

U.S. humanitarian aid often has a way of being diverted before it gets to the intended recipients in some parts of the world. Surely our government can find a way to help the heroes and heroines battling Ebola.

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