Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Is Congo headed for a large-scale political crisis?

Africa | UN chief wary of ongoing unrest after 50 people died in two days of clashes this week
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/23/16, 11:57 am

The United Nations human rights chief on Thursday warned Congolese authorities to dial back their “extremely confrontational position” with opposition forces, or risk facing a large-scale political crisis. Zeid Ra’aad Al Hussein issued his statement after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces earlier this week left several buildings destroyed and at least 50 people dead.

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Australian pastor killed in Malawi

Missions | Geoff Freind served with Salvation Army for 34 years
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/22/16, 12:01 pm

An Australian pastor died yesterday in a South African hospital after a weekend assault in Malawi, his family announced today.

Salvation Army Maj. Geoff Freind, 59, had embarked on a five-week trip to train Christian pastors in several African countries, stopping last week in Rwanda. Freind’s brother-in-law Peter Walker said the attack happened when Freind walked down the street from his hotel in Malawi to some nearby shops, sustaining severe injuries. The family still is unaware of the details, Walker said.

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Al-Shabaab violence, drought amplify Somali hunger crisis

Terrorism | More than 40 percent of the country needs food aid, according to a UN report
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/16, 10:17 am

Five million Somalis need food, with children at the greatest risk of malnutrition, the United Nations said in a report released yesterday. The data comes amid ongoing famine conditions and continuous attacks from Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab.

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