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Praise Singer Spreads Word About Ebola in Mali Town

A motorbike rider issuing warnings to fellow townspeople is emblematic of the social structures already in place that have proved helpful in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. A toddler traveling with her grandmother from Guinea died of the disease two weeks ago in the Malian town of Kayes. But since then, griots, or praise singers — important in their role as advisers and communicators — as well as local healers and religious leaders have been spreading awareness of the disease and...

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