Onize Ohikere

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

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Missionary's conviction highlights need for better volunteer vetting

Missions
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/10/16, 02:53 pm

A U.S. federal court has sentenced a former missionary from Oklahoma to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage. His arrest and conviction—one case among several recent instances of overseas abuse—highlights the need for more vetting procedures in international volunteering, experts say.

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Uganda revises international adoption laws

Adoption
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/08/16, 01:25 pm

Ugandan lawmakers have passed a bill that could limit the number of foreign adoptions in an attempt to close loopholes in a fractured system rife with abuse.

The Children’s Amendment 2015, approved on March 2, will offer legal guardianship only to Ugandan citizens and extend the adoption process duration to a year. The bill mandates background checks for foreigners and only allows inter-country adoption if a child lacks a legal guardian.

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Militants clash with Tunisian forces near Libyan border

Terrorism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/07/16, 11:25 am

Tunisian forces battled gunmen in a deadly attack near the Libyan border today that left at least 45 people dead. The clash comes as experts raise concerns about the impact of extremism in Libya on Tunisia’s fragile democracy.

The gunmen attacked local security posts in the border town of Ben Gerdane. Tunisia’s ministries of interior and defense released a joint statement saying their security forces killed 28 terrorists and arrested six others. Ten Tunisian soldiers and seven civilians, including a 12-year-old girl, also died in the attack.

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