Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://publicradioeast.org en Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls http://publicradioeast.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 46493 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-customs-seize-giant-african-snails-bound-dinner-plates Oh no! Snails are getting a bad name in the U.S.<p>I'm not talking about the delicate garlic-and-butter <em>escargots</em> that the French favor and savor.<p>It's giant African land snails, also known as <em>Archachatina marginata,</em> banana rasp snails or a number of other names they go by.<p>I hadn't realized the snails could be such a pest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 46444 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola http://publicradioeast.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 20:38:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 46061 at http://publicradioeast.org In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria http://publicradioeast.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 40628 at http://publicradioeast.org With Few Answers On Missing Teens, Frustration Simmers In Nigeria http://publicradioeast.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 20:54:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 40338 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians http://publicradioeast.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 39985 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://publicradioeast.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 39102 at http://publicradioeast.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola http://publicradioeast.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 38701 at http://publicradioeast.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced http://publicradioeast.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 38644 at http://publicradioeast.org The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless http://publicradioeast.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 21:25:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 38428 at http://publicradioeast.org The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless Facing Ebola Outbreak, Officials Must Contain Both Virus And Panic http://publicradioeast.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 37296 at http://publicradioeast.org On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg http://publicradioeast.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 20:36:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36919 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English; Nigerians Love It http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-ambassador-speaks-pidgin-english-nigerians-love-it <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DMGp-tISxs</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36499 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English; Nigerians Love It Nigeria Pressed To Do More For Civilians Caught In Insurgency http://publicradioeast.org/post/nigeria-pressed-do-more-civilians-caught-conflcits Militants seeking to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria have killed 150 people in attacks in the last 4 days. The Boko Haram sect launched its uprising in 2009 but has ramped up its violence. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35697 at http://publicradioeast.org Musicians Tell Central African Republic It's Time For Peace http://publicradioeast.org/post/musicians-tell-central-african-republic-its-time-peace Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Central African Republic has a new interim president, and she is pledging to reunite her divided nation. It won't be easy to end months of interreligious violence and anarchy. The Senegalese singing superstar Youssou N'Dour hopes things work out. He's teamed up with an artist from CAR to record a song for peace. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.<p>YOUSSOU N'DOUR AND IDYLLE MAMBA: (Singing in foreign language)<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is Muslim. Idylle Mamba is Christian. She comes from Central Africa Republic's capital, Bangui. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33438 at http://publicradioeast.org Caretaker President Hopes To Steer The CAR Toward Peace http://publicradioeast.org/post/caretaker-president-hopes-steer-car-toward-peace Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Central African Republic's new caretaker president was sworn in today. She is the first woman to hold the post and assumes control at a low point for this chronically unstable country. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 32680 at http://publicradioeast.org In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony http://publicradioeast.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 30809 at http://publicradioeast.org South Africa Lays Mandela To Rest Near His Childhood Home http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-africa-lays-mandela-rest-near-his-childhood-home It's National Reconciliation Day in South Africa — an annual public holiday. The country is marking it for the first time without Nelson Mandela. On Sunday, South Africa bid a final, emotional goodbye to Mandela. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29936 at http://publicradioeast.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://publicradioeast.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 23:03:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29820 at http://publicradioeast.org South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' South Africans Say Goodbye To Mandela In Pretoria http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-africans-say-goodbye-mandela-pretoria Nelson Mandela is lying in state for a second day in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. It's a chance for one last glimpse of the country's most beloved leader. The remote location of Sunday's burial — far away in Mandela's home province — means that for most, filing past his casket is their final farewell. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:42:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29665 at http://publicradioeast.org