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Part of the Solution - April 2012

by Audrey Riley

"No one should ever have malaria today." That's what Ann Ashmore Clegg says. She knows. She had it. She's never forgotten it. And now she wants to help stop other people from getting it.

Almost 80 years ago, Ann’s family settled in a small North Carolina town close to the Atlantic coast. That little town, Aurora, is surrounded by wetlands and waterways— a paradise for wildlife and waterfowl . . . and mosquitoes.

Little Ann, only three years old, was bitten by a mosquito that infected her with malaria.

Yes, malaria. In the United States. In the 20th century.

Learn more about the work of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, download an excellent free Bible study and other useful resources.

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Audrey Novak Riley, formerly associate editor of this magazine, now serves the church as associate director of ELCA World Hunger. In that capacity, she is pleased to help the ELCA Malaria Campaign in every way she can.