Onize Ohikere

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

Associated Press/Photo by Jerome Delay

Kenya gives refugees six more months to leave camp

Refugees | Closure of the world’s largest refugee camp delayed on humanitarian grounds
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/17/16, 11:17 am

Kenya said yesterday it has postponed the closure of the world’s largest refugee camp by six months after international groups requested the delay on humanitarian grounds.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the United Nations refugee agency had requested more time in shutting down Dadaab camp, which was scheduled to close Nov. 30. The country’s volatile security situation and upcoming elections also made it difficult for Kenya to meet the deadline, Nkaissery said.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Gildas Ngingo, File

Crisis in Burundi could escalate to genocide

Africa | Human rights groups fear consequences of ethnic repression, dangerous rhetoric, and isolation from the international community
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/16, 10:31 am

Burundi’s violent repression of opposition could spiral into genocide, two human rights groups warned Tuesday. The International Federation for Human Rights and the Burundi-based human rights group ITEKA called on the international community to intervene before the conflict escalates.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Muhammed Giginyu

After warnings of violence, Nigerian police clash with Shiites

Nigeria | Shiites say police planned to attack them; a larger crisis is feared
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/15/16, 10:58 am

At least nine people died in clashes between Shiite Muslims and police during a religious procession Monday in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. The attack came after the UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission last week wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari warning of the impending attack and requesting heightened security.

The recurring conflict between security forces and Shiites could result in a larger crisis across the country.

Read more