The fear of Ebola led to slayings
— and a whole village was punished

(Jane Hahn / For The Washington Post)

Across Guinea, repercussions from the Womey killings have left a legacy of shame and embarrassment.

Unemployment leads to gambling in Zimbabwe

Unemployment leads to gambling in Zimbabwe

With Zimbabwe’s unemployment at a massive 80 percent, college graduates are selling products on the country’s streets, and some would-be breadwinners are turning to gambling.

Deadly suicide attack targets Somali officials

Deadly suicide attack targets Somali officials

Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for a bomb blast at the entrance of a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu. They stormed inside where politicians had gathered, killing at least 10 people.

Ni­ger­ian vote delay prompts suspicion of election rigging, worries of violence

Ni­ger­ian vote delay prompts suspicion of election rigging, worries of violence

With its most competitive election since 1999 stalled, Nigerians wonder if democracy will endure.

Female suicide bomber attacks in Nigeria

Female suicide bomber attacks in Nigeria

In an attack that killed at least 16 people and injured 30, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu. Last weekend Nigeria postponed its elections, citing a security threat.

André Brink, South African novelist whose works were banned, dies at 79

André Brink, South African novelist whose works were banned, dies at 79

Mr. Brink, whose novels included ‘A Dry White Season,’ was a dissident writer and opponent of apartheid.

The search for an Ebola cure is gearing up — but there may be too few patients

The search for an Ebola cure is gearing up — but there may be too few patients

In Guinea, scientists ready to test vaccines and treatments worry about finding enough victims.

Photos from around the region

Clash between riot police and Egypt soccer fans kills at least 20

Tear gas and a stampede combined for a fatal melee late Sunday outside a stadium in suburban Cairo.

The country where the Ebola crisis began

A year after the epidemic started in Guinea, there are signs it could be ending.

American among victims of attack on Libya hotel

Gunmen stormed a hotel popular with foreigners in the capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people.

Treating Ebola in rural Liberia

The village of Quewein, without electricity or clean water, and others like it pose new challenges in the campaign to stop the virus.

In Sierra Leone, Ebola reaches a remote village

Kumala is grappling with the deadly virus, and its people’s distrust of modern medicine is proving a daunting obstacle.

Suicide bombing in Mogadishu kills four

A bomber drove a car into a U.N. convoy in the Somali capital. The group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Bombs and gunfire rip through Ni­ger­ian mosque

Dozens of people were killed in an attack that officials say bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

Deaths, burials mount in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone

The lack of beds for infected patients has led to the rapid spread of the disease.

A doctor’s mistaken Ebola test proves tragic

Martin Salia’s friends hugged him when his first test showed he was free of Ebola. Now he has died, and questions remain.

In Liberia, Ebola leaves hunger in its wake

Markets are closed and fieldwork is disrupted.

Preparing for Ebola patients at U.S. facility in Liberia

Health workers take part in a simulation at a new field hospital in Monrovia.

Ebola in Ganta, Liberia

The town is waiting for the arrival of an Ebola treatment unit to accommodate the rising cases of the deadly virus.

Gunfire reported in Burkina Faso capital

The development underscores the power vacuum that has emerged after the president’s ouster.

Tunisia at a crossroads

Many Tunisians are joining the Islamic State. Upcoming elections will help determine the direction of the country.

Another side of the Ebola crisis

In Liberia, where there are few ambulances, simply getting to a treatment center can be an ordeal.

U.S. military aids in fight against Ebola virus

American servicemembers were deployed to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance.

Ebola epidemic

The virus is killing 70 percent of those infected, and there could be 10,000 new cases a week in West Africa by Dec. 1.

Left behind

As Ebola continues to spread, Liberia and other countries struggle to care for the children orphaned by the deadly virus.

On Ebola’s front line

As the Ebola epidemic continues, patients in Liberia celebrate recovery from deadly disease.

Churches step in to help with Ebola prevention

In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a rare gathering place.