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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Suspected extremists target farmers in northeast Nigeria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/30/20, 06:45 am

Residents in the village of Zabarmari in northeast Borno State on Sunday buried at least 43 people in nine mass graves after the Saturday onslaught. Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed the farmers and some fishermen while they worked on rice fields across the Jere local government area before torching their farms. Local officials reported several other people were injured and said the attackers abducted others, including women.

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A month of hurricanes

International | Honduras and other Central American countries begin recovery after Eta and Iota
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/27/20, 06:05 pm

A Samaritan’s Purse team had just set up a field hospital on Nov. 14 in Honduras to help victims of Hurricane Eta when Iota started bearing down on them. The team rushed to drop the tents, strap them down, and move equipment to higher ground before the second hurricane arrived, said Kelly Suter, the ministry’s medical director.

“It really gave us a unique perspective to be able to weather the storm with the community,” Suter said. “I think it adds another layer of compassion.”

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Venezuela sentences six Americans to prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/27/20, 03:20 am

A Venezuelan judge in the capital city of Caracas on Thursday found the American oil executives detained since 2017 guilty of corruption. Five of the men received sentences of eight years and ten months, while a sixth man received a 13-year sentence. The men worked for Houston-based Citgo refining company, owned by Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA oil company.

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