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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African nations band together to defeat Boko Haram

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/26/15, 08:00 am

WASHINGTONAfrican countries will not defeat Boko Haram terrorists unless they work together, experts at a Wilson Center forum in Washington, D.C., said this week.

“This is our fight and we have to lead it,” said Kah Walla, president of the Cameroon People’s Party, who added African countries must work together to end Boko Haram “sustainably.”

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Should the U.S. offer new homes to Syrian refugees?

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 05:12 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. lawmakers continue to debate taking in some of the 4 million Syrian refugees from the civil war that began March 2011. Those against a resettlement program argue it could be an easy way for terrorists to enter the country.

“America has welcomed refugees from conflict zones,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “We would not abandon that tradition. But we must also not abandon our vigilance, and we cannot be naïve.”

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Lawmakers highlight work of faith-based groups in social media campaign

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 12:10 pm

Every night, the Hope Center in Kentucky opens the doors of its shelters to 800 men, each with a different story.

“We see men who’ve lost their jobs, had medical catastrophes, and have been in addiction long enough it’s made them homeless,” said Brooke Raby, Hope Center’s development manager.

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