Onize Ohikere

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

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Violence seeps into Burkina Faso

International | Recent large-scale attacks renew terror concerns
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/05/20, 04:10 pm

Traders, shopkeepers, security guards, shoppers, and aid workers endured a weekend of violence in Burkina Faso, a once peaceful West African nation. Three suspected insurgent attacks—two on supply and food convoys and one on a cattle market—left at least 50 people dead on May 29 and 30. Militants targeted one aid team that had just delivered supplies to the Foubé refugee camp in a region that has witnessed several attacks, according to the government.

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Hong Kong vigil defies government ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/04/20, 06:06 pm

Thousands of people lit candles and observed a minute’s silence at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Thursday in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. Demonstrators throughout the city chanted “Democracy now” and “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Other vigils in Taiwan and online marked the 31st anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

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Tiananmen remembrances continue despite banned vigil

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/04/20, 04:15 am

Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and for the first time, a candlelight vigil will not take place at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. The annual vigil was the largest gathering marking the day when Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing, killings hundreds or possibly thousands. Authorities cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the reason to cancel the gathering, although pro-democracy activists see it as the latest sign of Beijing’s tightening grip on the territory.

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