Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://wkms.org en Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wkms.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 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 39944 at http://wkms.org Central African Republic President Resigns http://wkms.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 14:19:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37940 at http://wkms.org In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony http://wkms.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 37644 at http://wkms.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://wkms.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 23:21:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37331 at http://wkms.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? http://wkms.org/post/nigerias-bloody-fight-whos-gaining-upper-hand For four years, the Islamist militants of Boko Haram have been waging a deadly campaign in northern and central Nigeria, killing thousands of people. In response, the Nigerian military is cracking down on the group, and the United States last week designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization.<p>I recently traveled to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where the insurgency began in 2009 with the goal of imposing Islamic law on Africa's most populous nation. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36716 at http://wkms.org In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists http://wkms.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 35824 at http://wkms.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. http://wkms.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 34500 at http://wkms.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated http://wkms.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 22:05:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33590 at http://wkms.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election http://wkms.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 33548 at http://wkms.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job' http://wkms.org/post/lady-mechanic-initiative-trains-women-best-job The young women training to be mechanics at Nigeria's Lady Mechanic Initiative wear navy overalls and work boots and their hair is tucked under customized red caps as they repair vehicles in a garage. Customers come and go, dropping off and collecting their cars. Trainee Enogie Osagie says she faced great resistance at home when she started.<p>"At first, they were really angry. They didn't want me to go for it," says Osagie. "My mum wasn't happy with it. She just went on crying, 'Why do you want to be a mechanic? The risk is too much.' I was like, 'Don't worry, this is what I want. Thu, 02 May 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31293 at http://wkms.org Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job'