Onize Ohikere

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


China’s coronavirus discrimination is testing relations with Africa

China | Leaders in Africa speak out against China’s racism
by June Cheng & Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/20, 04:06 pm

In April, videos and images of African migrants facing discrimination in the southern port city of Guangzhou began flooding social media. In one, a Chinese official shows up at an African man’s apartment and forces him and his family to undergo a mandatory quarantine, even though his Chinese neighbors are allowed to move about freely. In another, a man holds up a notice at a Guangzhou McDonald’s that bans black people from entering the restaurant.

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Associated Press/Photo by Renata Brito (file)

Mediterranean migrants have no place to land

International | Border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic further fuel a European crisis
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/20, 02:54 pm

The merchant vessel Marina was heading to the international shipping hub at Malta Freeport when the Maltese government ordered it to undertake a rescue mission. The ship’s 13 crew members obeyed, and on May 3, they took in 78 migrants from Libya they found drifting off southern Italy near the island of Lampedusa in a wooden boat with a busted engine.

The Marina’s crew had insufficient food and water for such a large group. None of them had experience with migrant rescues. And when the boat neared Malta, border officials refused to let the passengers come ashore.

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Associated Press/Photo by Melchor Hilotin

Typhoon ravages northern Philippines

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/20, 11:24 am

Typhoon Vongfong damaged hundreds of homes, toppled trees, and left at least one person dead after striking the Philippines on Thursday. More than 145,000 people sought refuge in emergency shelters. Forecasters said the typhoon still poses a danger to low-lying and coastal villages before it blows out of the country’s northern region on Sunday.

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