This article is part of HuffPostâ€™s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. YALIKOMBO, Congo â€• Jean de-Dieu Liyande was only 42 when a mysterious ailment began keeping him up at night, wandering and hallucinating, and making him sleep like the dead by day. No one could explain the migraines or the feeling of exhaustion that would strike suddenly, forcing him to doze off wherever he sat. He became increasingly weak and confused.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. SALAMBONGO, Congo ― Since going blind six years ago, Akolio Bosumbuka has been able to see only a bright white and two visions from his past: his wife on their wedding day and their children’s births.
Mapuani could only hide what was happening to her with clothes, including a headscarf to cover an eventual avocado-sized growth, and try to carry on looking after the home and farm she shared with her husband in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mapuani didn’t know it yet, but she had contracted a debilitating disease known as river blindness, which is rampant in Congo but can be difficult to treat effectively here.
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