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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Al-Shabaab claims car bomb attack in Somali capital

Somalia
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/11/16, 02:00 pm

Al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, that killed at least five people earlier today. The attack took place shortly after Somali authorities executed a journalist with ties to the extremist group.

“It was a sad incident,” said Abidqadir Mohammed, the district’s commissioner.

The car bomb detonated during lunchtime, outside a packed restaurant behind the municipal government headquarters in the Hamarwenye district.

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Italy recalls ambassador to Egypt amid police torture scandal

Egypt
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/08/16, 01:20 pm

Cairo’s El Nadim Center is one of many Egyptian NGOs fighting for human rights in a country where it’s a rarity. For more than 20 years, the local nonprofit has offered a psychological rehab program for victims of torture and documented incidents of police brutality.

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Nigerian military creates rehab program for Boko Haram fighters

Terrorism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/07/16, 01:40 pm

Now that Nigeria is making headway against Boko Haram, it faces a new challenge created by terrorists who voluntarily surrender their weapons. How can the country reintegrate the former fighters into society and ensure they won’t become a future security threat?

The current solution involves a rehabilitation camp established by the Nigerian military to repatriate surrendered Boko Haram fighters and encourage others to abandon the insurgency.

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