Onize Ohikere

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

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Mozambique refugees accuse government troops of assaults

Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/29/16, 10:55 am

Refugees fleeing the impact of ongoing political clashes in Mozambique are accusing government officials of violating their rights during searches for opposition fighters.

“What they’re telling us, which we have no way to verify, is their villages were attacked by government forces who thought they were harboring a sympathetic to [the opposition],” said Tina Ghelli, a spokesperson for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Lagging economy threatens Tunisia's fledgling democracy

Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/27/16, 03:20 pm

Nationwide protests have rocked Tunisia, whose representative democracy was one of the few success stories to come out of the 2011 Arab Spring.

Last year, a group of Tunisian human rights activists, lawyers, employers, and labor leaders won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in building democracy and preventing political failure in Tunisia. But multiple terror attacks and last week’s economic protests show the country still has a long way to go.

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Nigeria's crippled economy helps Boko Haram survive

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/25/16, 03:15 pm

Nigeria’s struggling economy is hampering its fight against the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. In 2014, Nigeria overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest economy, yet an estimated 61 percent of the country’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. The 2016 budget already faces a deficit of more than $150 million. And beyond the economic downfall, poverty and political corruption continue to weaken Nigeria’s ability to protect itself.

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