Onize Ohikere

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

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Aid groups defend their role in Europe’s migration crisis

Immigration | An Italian prosecutor says rescue ships are making the problem worse
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/27/17, 11:59 am

An Italian city’s chief prosecutor earlier this week said he had evidence some nongovernmental organizations that rescue people in the Mediterranean Sea are contributing to the migration crisis overwhelming Europe.

The report follows several accusations that rescue aid groups work as taxi services for migrants and collude with human smugglers in Libya, though some analysts have said their efforts have little impact on the migrant flow.

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Commission IDs Russia, others as religious persecutors

International | A new report calls for clear U.S. foreign policy on international religious freedom
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/26/17, 11:51 am

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called on the Trump administration today to clearly communicate that religious freedom is a top foreign policy priority as state and non state-actors increasingly persecute religious minorities on a global scale.

In its annual report, the commission for the first time asked the State Department to identify Russia as a “country of particular concern” and to create a new designation for terror groups.

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Suicide bombings, famine, disease spread misery in Nigeria

Terrorism | Seven killed in new attacks as aid groups appeal for more help
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/25/17, 10:25 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Two suicide bomb attacks on Monday killed at least seven people in Maiduguri, Boko Haram’s birthplace. The latest attack comes as aid workers scramble to respond to the famine triggered by the terror group’s insurgency.

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