Onize Ohikere

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

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A land of scars

Nigeria | On the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s brutal civil war, the calls for separation remain
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/17, 08:59 pm

BIAFRA. First week of January 1968. Fifteen-year-old Nnaemeka Ezeaku listened as the sounds of gunshots and explosions drew closer to his home in Awka, the capital city of southeastern Anambra State.

Although Nigeria’s civil war had been raging for six months, it had never come this close.

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Death toll reaches 90 in Mexico following earthquake

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/17, 09:24 am

At least 90 people have died from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico’s southern region late Thursday night. Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat said 71 people died in his state, while government officials in Chiapas and Tabasco reported that 19 people have died in those states. In the Oaxacan city of Juchitan, about a third of the homes are uninhabitable and many residents have slept in the streets because of the fear of aftershocks. Local officials counted nearly 800 aftershocks, while the U.S.

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The Bangladesh government on Monday offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter the nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar. Refugees already have filled up two existing camps in Bangladesh, with many others setting up makeshift settlements along the border. Since the Aug. 25 clashes between Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, approximately 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Myanmar has long denied the Rohingya Muslims citizenship rights and legal status.

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