Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://hppr.org en Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls http://hppr.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 34619 at http://hppr.org In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola http://hppr.org/post/west-africa-officials-target-ignorance-and-fear-over-ebola There's growing concern in West Africa about the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed hundreds of people. Health ministers have formed a regional response, but fear and a lack of knowledge about Ebola threaten their efforts.<p>Liberian musicians are joining the campaign, taking to song to educate people about the Ebola virus. Their tune is called <a href="https://soundcloud.com/shadowmrgn/ebola-in-town-d-12-shadow-kuzzy-of-2kings">"Ebola in Town,"</a> and warns people to beware of close contact with those who fall ill. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 34372 at http://hppr.org In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria http://hppr.org/post/extremist-group-claims-credit-mass-kidnapping-nigeria Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed credit for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls. The girls remain missing, and parents are pressing the government to find and bring them home. The president's wife has ordered the arrest of the parent who is leading the protests demanding government action. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31405 at http://hppr.org With Few Answers On Missing Teens, Frustration Simmers In Nigeria http://hppr.org/post/few-answers-missing-teens-frustration-simmers-nigeria Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, a large number of schoolgirls, possibly a couple hundred, are still missing after they were abducted by suspected Islamist insurgents more than two weeks ago. It was thought that the teens had been trucked to a notorious militant hideout in northeastern Nigeria. Latest reports say they may have been spirited across Nigeria's borders to neighboring countries. The dearth of information from authorities is causing outrage and is putting pressure on the Nigerian government.<p>NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins us now. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31242 at http://hppr.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians http://hppr.org/post/have-mercy-our-little-ones-kidnapping-agonizes-nigerians There is a grim mood of outrage in Nigeria. In the faraway, northeastern town of Chibok, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school dorms in the dead of night nearly two weeks ago.<p>Chibok is a mixed Christian and Muslim community in predominately Muslim northern Nigeria. The attackers are suspected Islamist extremists. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31058 at http://hppr.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://hppr.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 30564 at http://hppr.org Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus http://hppr.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 30378 at http://hppr.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola http://hppr.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 30347 at http://hppr.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced http://hppr.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 30324 at http://hppr.org The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless http://hppr.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 21:08:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30194 at http://hppr.org The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless Facing Ebola Outbreak, Officials Must Contain Both Virus And Panic http://hppr.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 20:07:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29584 at http://hppr.org On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg http://hppr.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 20:13:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29362 at http://hppr.org Central African Republic President Resigns http://hppr.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 26604 at http://hppr.org In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony http://hppr.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 13:32:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 26115 at http://hppr.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://hppr.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 23:54:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 25562 at http://hppr.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' Nelson Mandela Lies In State In Pretoria Before Sunday Burial http://hppr.org/post/nelson-mandela-lies-state-pretoria-sunday-burial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Yesterday, the world's leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. Now, the people have their turn. Mandela is lying in state in Pretoria to allow South Africans to bid him a personal farewell. Thousands of mourners filed past the half-open casket. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports the clouds and showers at yesterday's memorial have lifted.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Today, the summer sunshine returned as the funeral cortege carrying the casket of Mr. Mandela drove through the streets of Pretoria early this morning. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 25451 at http://hppr.org As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye http://hppr.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 25418 at http://hppr.org As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye Obama Calls For Self-Reflection On Mandela's 'Heroic Life' http://hppr.org/post/obama-calls-self-reflection-mandelas-heroic-life Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. At a soccer stadium in South Africa before a crowd notable for its dancing and for the umbrellas it is holding up against the rain, President Obama is speaking in a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. He said just a moment ago: The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:47:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 25367 at http://hppr.org South Africans Mourn Mandela, Celebrate His Life http://hppr.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 25279 at http://hppr.org In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? http://hppr.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 24552 at http://hppr.org In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists http://hppr.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 23105 at http://hppr.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. http://hppr.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 21050 at http://hppr.org Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated http://hppr.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 19596 at http://hppr.org Zimbabwe Braces For Upcoming Elections http://hppr.org/post/zimbabwe-braces-upcoming-elections After years of food shortages and drought, in a country that was once the breadbasket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe's crippled economy is recovering — after adopting the U.S. dollar as its currency. But memories of the violent elections in 2008 are fueling fears about security. The disputed vote ended in a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and his main opposition rival. The Zimbabwean leader has now proclaimed July 31 as election day. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 18319 at http://hppr.org Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way' http://hppr.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 15854 at http://hppr.org Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way' Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job' http://hppr.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 15454 at http://hppr.org Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job' S. African Leader Under Fire After Awkward Visit With Mandela http://hppr.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 21:01:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 15439 at http://hppr.org S. African Leader Under Fire After Awkward Visit With Mandela An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds http://hppr.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 13:51:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 14961 at http://hppr.org An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82 http://hppr.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 13820 at http://hppr.org Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies http://hppr.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 13817 at http://hppr.org Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies