Gregory Warner http://publicradioeast.org en Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled http://publicradioeast.org/post/western-countries-issue-warnings-kenyan-tourism-gets-pummeled The Baobab Resort sits on the south coast of Kenya's Mombasa Island, but it has some of the homey feel of an old Catskills resort.<p>On a recent day, sounds from outside trickled into the resort's largest conference hall: children enjoying their last hour of daylight on the beach, staff members singing tunes from <em>The Lion King,</em> warming up for their evening show.<p>But the mood inside was somber: The 150 British tourists gathered heard only the apologetic voice of the local representative from their travel company, Tui, informing them that their vacations were being cut short and that Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 43577 at http://publicradioeast.org Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry http://publicradioeast.org/post/escaping-south-sudans-violence-means-tolerating-hunger Even in an undeveloped country like South Sudan, Ganyliel can feel like the middle of nowhere: a bunch of tiny islands surrounded by a gigantic swampy floodplain fed by the River Nile during rainy season. To get here, I took a helicopter from the capital, then ditched my sneakers for gumboots. I've waded out into water that's too deep for an SUV and too shallow for a speedboat.<p>I board a canoe made from a hollowed-out palm tree.<p>"This river is very protective to the people of Ganyliel," says my companion in the canoe, Lorjack Riak Lorjack. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 43476 at http://publicradioeast.org Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence http://publicradioeast.org/post/swift-quiet-moves-nigerian-group-limits-religious-violence The city of Jos sits on an invisible fault line between Nigeria's mostly Christian south and its largely Muslim north. Its population is almost 50-50 Muslim-Christian.<p>So it's not surprising that twin car bombs in a crowded downtown vegetable market on May 20 killed both Christians and Muslims. Most of the 133 victims were women, and 25 were children.<p>But that could have been only the beginning of the killing, as was the case in the past.<p>"The choice of Jos, to make this very huge bomb, was deliberate," says Ezekiel Gomos, head of the Jos Business School. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 42640 at http://publicradioeast.org With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence Terrorist Group Suspected In Nigerian Attacks http://publicradioeast.org/post/terrorist-group-suspected-nigerian-attacks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. U.S. military personnel have now been deployed to help find the nearly 300 school girls kidnapped in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram. In a letter to Congress, President Obama says about 80 personnel remain in neighboring Chad until their support is no longer needed. The search for the girls goes on during a deadly week in Nigeria.<p>Daily attacks are suspected to be the work of Boko Haram. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41976 at http://publicradioeast.org Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive http://publicradioeast.org/post/relatives-kidnapped-girls-bring-them-back-alive Nigerians are asking themselves how far their government should go to bring almost 300 abducted schoolgirls back to their families.<p>The militants of Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that claimed responsibility for the kidnapping last month, have offered to swap the girls for some prisoners held by the government.<p>That offer was immediately rejected by the Nigerian government, but relatives of the girls say that firepower alone wont save them. They want the government to reconsider.<p>The hashtag "Bring back our girls" has more than 4 million tweets. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41909 at http://publicradioeast.org Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive The Mood In Abuja, Where Missing Schoolgirls Cast Long Shadow http://publicradioeast.org/post/mood-abuja-where-missing-schoolgirls-cast-long-shadow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The president of Nigeria told a security conference in Paris this weekend that he is fighting out Al-Qaida in West Africa. Goodluck Jonathan was referring to Boko Haram, the group that abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Northern Nigeria a bit over a month ago.<p>Joining us to talk about that is NPR's Gregory Warner who is in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41781 at http://publicradioeast.org Nairobi Bombings Are A Sign Of Spreading Militant Influence http://publicradioeast.org/post/nairobi-bombings-are-sign-spreading-militant-influence A pair of bombs killed at least 10 people in Kenya's capital on Friday. What do these and a slew of other attacks in Kenya say about the security situation in the country and the region? Sun, 18 May 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41695 at http://publicradioeast.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts http://publicradioeast.org/post/nigerian-abductions-part-terrible-pattern-african-conflicts The girls at St. Mary's slept uneasily that night. Rebels were rumored to be nearby and planning an attack. Calls for protection by school administrators to a nearby army outpost went unanswered.<p>By nightfall, all the girls "prayed to God and asked Him to take control of our lives," a 16-year-old would later tell a reporter. During the night, the girls heard boots. Then gunfire. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41611 at http://publicradioeast.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts In Somalia, Collecting People For Profit http://publicradioeast.org/post/somalia-collecting-people-profit Last year I took a drive through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in a bulletproof SUV. My seatmate was Justin Brady, who at the time was working for the U.N. We were both wearing body armor — standard issue for these trips — and we were followed by a second car with more guys with guns.<p>Coordinating humanitarian aid can be an incredibly risky job in Somalia, where Islamist militants al-Shabab have declared open season on any Westerner or anyone accused of working with the so-called Western occupier.<p>And yet, Brady points out the tinted window at wooden signs, hand-painted in English. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41298 at http://publicradioeast.org In Somalia, Collecting People For Profit Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? http://publicradioeast.org/post/can-africans-do-better-job-peacekeeping-south-sudan The commander of the rebel movement in South Sudan has agreed to talk peace — if he can make it out of his secret war bunker.<p>Riek Machar told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by phone on Tuesday that he would "try his best" to make it to Friday's scheduled sit-down in Ethiopia, but that he was "now in a very remote area."<p>There might be some truth to it: South Sudan is one of the least developed countries in the world, with almost no paved roads outside of the capital. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40721 at http://publicradioeast.org Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? With UN Chief In South Sudan, Warring Sides Agree To Talk http://publicradioeast.org/post/un-chief-south-sudan-warring-sides-agree-talk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The president of South Sudan and the commander of the rebels there have agreed to sit down and talk. That's one thing that's come out of a visit to the country by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.<p>As NPR's Gregory Warner reports, the U.N. chief also addressed calls to bring African troops into the troubled peacekeeping process.<p>GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: There have been two main international strategies to bringing peace to South Sudan. One is diplomatic: encouraging peace talks. The second is military: sending in peacekeepers. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40724 at http://publicradioeast.org South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-sudans-unrest-turns-politicians-rebels-tents-homes It seems hard to believe now, but the tit-for-tat ethnic killing that threatens to tear apart the country of South Sudan began with little more than a political tug of war. I was almost pulled into it myself on a trip there in December. One early evening, I was in the middle of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/01/06/260189348/how-i-almost-got-arrested-with-a-south-sudanese-ex-minister">interviewing</a> the former Minister of Education Peter Adwok when police came to arrest him.<p>When I returned to South Sudan this weekend, I went to see Adwok. Mon, 05 May 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40562 at http://publicradioeast.org South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes In South Sudan, Peace Sought In Bringing Two Leaders Together http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-sudan-peace-sought-bringing-two-leaders-together Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Thousands have been killed in South Sudan since a political dispute devolved into targeted ethnic massacres. Secretary of State John Kerry visited South Sudan today. His trip is aimed at bringing the warring parties face to face to end the conflict. As NPR's Gregory Warner reports, the U.S. has special interest in the country because the United States is behind its political existence.<p>GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: Arriving in the capital Juba, John Kerry took a moment to recall his last trip to South Sudan on July 9, 2011, the day it became a country. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40438 at http://publicradioeast.org Kerry Announces Progress Toward Peacekeeping Force In South Sudan http://publicradioeast.org/post/kerry-announces-progress-toward-peacekeeping-force-south-sudan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>April was one of the deadliest months in South Sudan since fighting broke out among political and ethnic factions in December. Thousands of people have been killed since the start of the conflict, many solely for their tribal background. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Africa to accelerate the international effort to restore peace. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40339 at http://publicradioeast.org Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink http://publicradioeast.org/post/reports-mass-slaughter-s-sudan-teeters-brink South Sudan has been in a downward spiral for months, and now the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305656375/u-n-reports-hundreds-killed-in-ethnic-violence-in-south-sudan" target="_blank">United Nations</a> says hundreds of civilians were rounded up and killed by a rebel group when it recently took control in the town of Bentiu, an oil hub.<p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/statement-press-secretary-south-sudan" target="_blank">The White House</a> condemned the attacks as an "abomination" and implored the country's leaders to end the cycle Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39647 at http://publicradioeast.org Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://publicradioeast.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39289 at http://publicradioeast.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-rwandas-only-ice-cream-shop-challenges-cultural-taboos Rwanda has a warm climate, and the people love milk. You'd think ice cream would be an easy sell.<p>But mention ice cream to Chantal Kabatesi, and she rubs her jaw like she's at the dentist with a toothache. When she first tasted ice cream at the age of 35 "it was like eating hailstones," the kind that fall on her childhood village once or twice a year.<p>"I thought, 'Oh no, what are we serving to our customers? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38613 at http://publicradioeast.org How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience http://publicradioeast.org/post/remembering-rwandans-who-followed-their-conscience Olive Mukankusi lives in a two-room house with mud walls and a dirt floor in a village called Igati, in eastern Rwanda's Rwamagana province. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38413 at http://publicradioeast.org Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide http://publicradioeast.org/post/rwanda-honors-dead-celebrates-progress-20-years-after-genocide After a minute of silence at noon, Monday's remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide began with testimony from a survivor.<p>The screaming started soon after.<p>In the crowd of 30,000 gathered in Amahoro stadium in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, first this person then that began to wail and thrash. Men in yellow vests took them to a special room of mattresses in the stadium basement.<p>In general, Rwandan culture discourages such outward displays of grief. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38331 at http://publicradioeast.org Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide Ceremonies Commemorate 20 Years Since Rwanda Genocide http://publicradioeast.org/post/ceremonies-commemorate-20-years-rwanda-genocide The ethnic slaughter killed nearly a million people. The massacre was born of years of tension between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38275 at http://publicradioeast.org