Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-pakistani-activist-urges-nigeria-do-more-kidnapped-girls Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When more than 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, the president of Nigeria was accused of a slow response. That was three months ago. Now trust between the families of the girls and their government is all but gone. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: The latest international personality to call for the release of the Nigerian girls is Malala Yousafzai. The 17-year-old Pakistani activist survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girl's education. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 38098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35358 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Central African Republic President Resigns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/central-african-republic-president-resigns Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We have a development, this morning, in one of the tragic conflicts we've been following in Africa. The president of Central African Republic resigned this morning. Local and international pressure had been building against President Michel Djotodia. He took power in a military coup last spring, plunging the country into a multi-sided civil war. Some of the fighting has just been bands of soldiers pillaging and killing civilians. Much of it, though, has also broken down into Muslim verses Christian violence. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 32913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conflict-torn-africa-senegal-shows-way-religious-harmony Inter-religious tensions have been in the headlines in parts of Africa lately. Christian-Muslim clashes have left many dead in places like Nigeria and Central African Republic. But there are also examples of peaceful inter-religious co-existence in Africa, such as Senegal. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 32618 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/south-africans-reflect-mandelas-rainbow-nation At the 1964 trial that convicted Nelson Mandela and his co-accused, and sent them to prison for life, he made a statement to the packed courthouse, which he repeated on his release in 1990, after 27 years in detention.<p>"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities," he said. "It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 32255 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' Nigeria Steps Up Security In Northeast After Boko Haram Attacks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nigeria-steps-security-northeast-after-boko-haram-attacks Nigerian authorities have increased security patrols around the northeastern city of Maiduguri after Islamist militants attacked military bases there. The unrest comes after Nigerian troops reportedly had pushed the militants, Boko Haram, out of the the city. This comes as the U.S. undersecretary for Africa is in Nigeria to discuss security concerns, and Nigeria's president is attending a security conference in Europe. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31949 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nigerian-civilians-caught-crackdown-islamists Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Nigeria an Islamist insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, most of them civilians. The Nigerian president imposed a security crackdown last spring in a bid to end the uprising. Now Amnesty International is out with a report warning that more than 950 people have died in military detention in Nigeria in just the first half of this year. And the attacks continue. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30759 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hardcore-heart-joburg-thrillers-star-spunky-pi South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, is a mixture of the old Wild West and a complex, modern African hub — at least, that's how crime novelist Jassy Mackenzie describes it. Mackenzie was born across the border, in Zimbabwe, but she moved to Johannesburg — Joburg for short — as a child, and she's a passionate champion of the city.<p>"I love the energy of Johannesburg," Mackenzie says. "People are open. People communicate. People are friendly in a brash, big-city way, which I love. ... Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:26:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29566 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opposition-claims-zimbabwe-elections-were-manipulated Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The people of Zimbabwe cast ballots today for their next president. It's a two-horse race. Longtime president Robert Mugabe is once again being challenged by opposition leader and prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 28704 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/election-zimbabwe-will-end-power-sharing-deal Zimbabweans vote for a new president Wednesday, after a violent and disputed election in 2008 and five anxious and turbulent years since.<p>The much anticipated vote ends a power-sharing deal between veteran leader Robert Mugabe and his main political rival, who is the leading challenger in the presidential race.<p>Campaigning was enthusiastic and good-natured ahead of the vote, a marked contrast to what rights campaigners said was state-sponsored violence after the first round of voting five years ago. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 28673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election