Amid Fear and Guns, Polio Finds a Refuge

In areas like those haunted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, wild poliovirus holds shaky ground as vaccinators soldier on.

As in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, polio vaccinators have been targets of violence in northern Nigeria, where volunteers — armed only with clipboards, ice buckets of vaccine, and local knowledge — must navigate conflict and suspicion in an effort to eradicate the disease for good. (Visual by )

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