Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://wrvo.org en Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wrvo.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 54391 at http://wrvo.org Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus http://wrvo.org/post/guineans-scramble-defend-themselves-against-deadly-virus A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 54176 at http://wrvo.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola http://wrvo.org/post/how-patient-can-recover-ebola At least eight Ebola patients in Guinea have beaten the odds. They have recovered and been sent home. In past outbreaks, the death rate has been as high as 90 percent. In Guinea so far, about 60 percent of the 157 suspected cases have ended in death.<p>The first seven to 10 days after infection is the "peak of the illness," when people are most likely to die, says Barbara Knust, an epidemiologist at the <a href="https://www.pasteur.fr/en">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> in Atlanta. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 54147 at http://wrvo.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced http://wrvo.org/post/ebola-survivors-reborn-not-always-embraced They call them the "Lazarus" cases, after the Biblical character who died but was revived by Jesus. They are survivors of the latest outbreak of Ebola.<p>Ebola often grabs global headlines as the killer virus that can result in a death rate of up to 90 percent. But in Guinea, the death rate in the current outbreak has been about 60 percent. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 54114 at http://wrvo.org The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless http://wrvo.org/post/ebola-outbreak-three-weeks-dire-not-hopeless Guinea is on high alert. At the international airport, travelers' temperatures are monitored for signs of infection. In the capital city of Conakry, people rarely shake hands and are advised to regularly wash their hands with bleach-diluted water.<p>This is what life is like nearly three weeks after an outbreak of the deadly <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/">Ebola virus</a>.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/features/2014/ebola-healthcare-guinea/en/">World Health Organization</a> has confirmed 157 cases in Guinea, with 101 deaths. Neighboring Liberia has 21 reported cases and 10 deaths. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 53967 at http://wrvo.org The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless Facing Ebola Outbreak, Officials Must Contain Both Virus And Panic http://wrvo.org/post/facing-ebola-outbreak-officials-must-contain-both-virus-and-panic Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Dozens of deaths are reported in Guinea in West Africa, the results of the Ebola virus. Health officials and aid agencies are working to contain both the disease and panic about the outbreak. We'll explore the origins of the deadly virus in a moment. First, NPR Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton on the outbreak.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: The epicenter of the human Ebola outbreak was first detected in Guinea's forested southeastern region. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 53257 at http://wrvo.org On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg http://wrvo.org/post/streets-senegal-thousands-boys-are-forced-beg Human Rights Watch is urging Senegal to implement a law criminalizing forced begging. Many families are misled into entrusting their children to people acting as Islamic teachers, who then exploit thousands of young boys. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 53008 at http://wrvo.org Central African Republic President Resigns http://wrvo.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 49748 at http://wrvo.org In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony http://wrvo.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 49176 at http://wrvo.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://wrvo.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 48553 at http://wrvo.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye http://wrvo.org/post/mandela-lies-state-south-africa-says-goodbye Amid a solemn atmosphere, the body of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196309760/nelson-mandela" target="_blank">Nelson Mandela</a> lay in state Wednesday at an amphitheater in South Africa's capital of Pretoria, the exact spot where he was sworn in as the country's first black president in 1994, reconciling a land that had been torn by racial divisions for centuries.<p>Mandela's coffin, draped in a South African flag, was transported by a hearse from a military hospital through the streets of Pretoria and then to the hilltop Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa's presidency.<p>South Af Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:22:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 48388 at http://wrvo.org As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye South Africans Mourn Mandela, Celebrate His Life http://wrvo.org/post/south-africans-mourn-mandela-celebrate-his-life South Africa's official period of mourning for former President Nelson Mandela will culminate in his funeral a week from Sunday. Mandela's death left South Africans with "a sense of profound and enduring loss," says the nation"s president, Jacob Zuma. His compatriots, as well as foreign visitors, are flocking in homage to the Mandela homes in Soweto and Johannesburg. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:33:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 48236 at http://wrvo.org In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? http://wrvo.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 47413 at http://wrvo.org In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists http://wrvo.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 45815 at http://wrvo.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. http://wrvo.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 43535 at http://wrvo.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated http://wrvo.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 41933 at http://wrvo.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election http://wrvo.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 41874 at http://wrvo.org Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way' http://wrvo.org/post/media-focus-ailing-mandela-not-african-way It's almost impossible these days to switch on South African radio or television, or read a local newspaper, website or tweet, and not hear Nelson Mandela's name mentioned.<p>Friday marked the 19th anniversary of Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected — and first black — president, four years after he was released from prison.<p>For many South Africans, the coverage of his recent hospitalization and poor health seems like media overkill. Older South Africans stress that the African way of coping with the twilight years is culturally nuanced. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37665 at http://wrvo.org Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way' Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job' http://wrvo.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 37145 at http://wrvo.org Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job' S. African Leader Under Fire After Awkward Visit With Mandela http://wrvo.org/post/s-african-leader-under-fire-after-awkward-visit-mandela In South Africa, controversial images of a frail and ashen Nelson Mandela being visited by South Africa's current president aired on national television this week. Wed, 01 May 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37125 at http://wrvo.org S. African Leader Under Fire After Awkward Visit With Mandela An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds http://wrvo.org/post/minnesotan-mali-teaching-countrys-sounds Numbers are down at the American International School in Bamako, the capital of Mali.<p>In just over a year, the country has witnessed a rebellion, a military coup and the occupation by Islamist fighters of the desert northern region, recently largely liberated in a counteroffensive by French-led forces. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:49:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36525 at http://wrvo.org An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds Nelson Mandel's Condition Seems To Be Improving http://wrvo.org/post/nelson-mandels-condition-seems-be-improving Public expressions of concern are on full display as South Africans monitor the hospitalization of anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela. The 94 year old is being treated for pneumonia. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35566 at http://wrvo.org Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82 http://wrvo.org/post/nigerias-outspoken-writer-chinua-achebe-dies-82 Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature, has died. The author of Things Fall Apart was 82. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:55:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35145 at http://wrvo.org Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies http://wrvo.org/post/chinua-achebe-nigerian-author-things-fall-apart-dies <em>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Lagos, Nigeria, on the death of one of Africa's greatest contemporary writers. Quoting his publisher, AP, CNN, and the BBC are reporting Chinua Achebe has died. </em><p>Chinua Achebe who taught at colleges in the United States made literary history with his 1958 best-seller <em>Things Fall Apart,</em> a sobering tale about Nigeria at the beginning of its colonization.<p>Achebe, 82, played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature and is known to students all over the continent for his seminal novel, <em>Things Fall Apart</em>. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35132 at http://wrvo.org Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies Pope's Resignation An Opportunity For Africa's Cardinals http://wrvo.org/post/popes-resignation-opportunity-africas-cardinals The names of African cardinals are popping up as possible contenders to succeed Pope Benedict as head of the Roman Catholic Church when he steps down at the end of the month.<p>The Mary Mother of Good Council School is one of a number of respected Roman Catholic schools overseen by the archdiocese of Accra, the capital of the West African nation of Ghana. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33456 at http://wrvo.org Pope's Resignation An Opportunity For Africa's Cardinals Clinics Come To The Rescue Of Ethiopia's Overworked Donkeys http://wrvo.org/post/clinics-come-rescue-ethiopias-overworked-donkeys In Ethiopia, the donkey is more than just a beast of burden.<p>The Horn of Africa nation is home to more than 6 million donkeys and comes second only to China in global donkey numbers. The country is both donkey heaven and donkey hell, but though the animal is highly prized, it can also be mistreated.<p>"In Ethiopia, there's a good saying: 'A farmer without a donkey is a donkey himself,' " says Bojia Endebu, a veterinary surgeon and seasoned donkey doctor. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31671 at http://wrvo.org Clinics Come To The Rescue Of Ethiopia's Overworked Donkeys Voters Decide How To Share Ghana's Boom http://wrvo.org/post/economy-prospers-ghana-holds-presidential-vote Voting for a new president and parliament in Ghana has been extended into a second day in some areas due to glitches with the new biometric voter verification system.<p>Ghana, which began pumping crude oil in 2010 and is also a major cocoa and gold exporter, has gained an enviable reputation in its often-turbulent West African neighborhood. It's admired for being a relative oasis of stability and peace in the region — despite tensions in the build-up to the vote.<p><strong>A Peaceful Democracy</strong><p>The unofficial 2012 election campaign theme in Ghana was peace. Sat, 08 Dec 2012 10:29:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30262 at http://wrvo.org Voters Decide How To Share Ghana's Boom All Aboard South Africa's High-Speed Train http://wrvo.org/post/all-aboard-south-africas-high-speed-train Public transit in South Africa can be a bit of a nightmare. Many South Africans have had to depend on the ubiquitous taxivans, which are often overcrowded, dirty and driven recklessly.<p>But the continent's first rapid rail service, built to ease traffic congestion in South Africa's economic heart, is changing that.<p>The Gautrain links Johannesburg, the country's economic and business hub, and Pretoria, its political capital. With speeds of up to 100 mph, it is a smooth, swift, clean and chilly ride (complete with American-style air conditioning). Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:32:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 28697 at http://wrvo.org All Aboard South Africa's High-Speed Train Despite Critics, Gambia Plans Dozens Of Executions http://wrvo.org/post/despite-critics-gambia-plans-dozens-executions There is growing international criticism over plans by Gambia's hard-line president to execute all of the country's death-row inmates within the next couple of weeks.<p>Gambia's leader, President Yahya Jammeh, has long faced criticism for his human rights record. In a recent speech marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, the president vowed to put to death all prisoners facing the death penalty by mid-September, as a way to curb crime.<p>"By the middle of next month, all the death sentences would have been carried out to the letter. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:53:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 25147 at http://wrvo.org Despite Critics, Gambia Plans Dozens Of Executions Remembering Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia's Champion http://wrvo.org/post/remembering-meles-zenawi-ethiopias-champion Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Ethiopia's longtime prime minister died this week. Meles Zenawi was 57. He came to power in 1991 when a rebel army toppled that nation's Marxist dictator and the Ethiopian leader became a trusted U.S. ally in the war against terrorism. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:28:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 24946 at http://wrvo.org