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Relief Activist Contracts Malaria

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Abie Nathan, Israeli peace activist and international relief organizer, returned from Rwanda last week suffering from malaria.

He was admitted to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where sources reported that Nathan, 67, was resting comfortably and appeared to be responding to medical treatment.

After organizing a humanitarian effort during the summer to help stave off disease among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who had fled the civil war then raging in Rwanda, Nathan recently returned to the region to head a new volunteer project for the refugees.

He said he had packed a personal supply of anti-malaria drugs for the latest trip, “but for some reason I didn’t take any.”

Nathan said that following previous trips to disaster areas throughout the world, he had been diagnosed as having contracted malaria, but that he had never suffered from more than the preliminary effects of the disease.

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