Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Nearly 50 dead in attacks on Congolese Christian community

Persecution
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/11/16, 01:30 pm

Local authorities suspect a Ugandan Islamic terror group has killed nearly 50 people within the past week in the predominantly Christian eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On May 6, attackers killed about 13 people in the province of Ituri, including two members of a local mission, Church on the Rock. Two days earlier, some assailants carrying machetes and axes killed as many as 34 civilians in a late-night attack, according to World Watch Monitor. Official figures revealed eight women, two of them pregnant, and four children died in the attack.  

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London's new Muslim mayor denounces Trump

Campaign 2016
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/10/16, 02:30 pm

London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, lashed out at Donald Trump today for his proposal to keep Muslims from entering the United States.

Following the attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. last November and December, Trump proposed a complete ban on Muslims coming into the United States. Many Muslim and human rights groups, as well as Trump’s Democratic and Republican rivals, condemned the proposal. 

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Kenya plans to close refugee camps over terror fears

Kenya
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/09/16, 02:45 pm

International aid groups are blasting the Kenyan government for planning to shut down two refugee camps, including one of the world’s largest, without an alternative plan to house the more than 400,000 refugees currently living in the country.

The government already dissolved the Department of Refugee Affairs, which worked with humanitarian groups that help meet the refugees’ basic needs. But it has not announced when the camps will close.

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