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Dorian slams Bahamas

International | First death from Category 5 hurricane reported, more expected
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/02/19, 11:02 am

BAHAMAS: Hurricane Dorian is having “a catastrophic impact” as the Category 5 storm lashes the islands with 165 mph winds.

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One woman’s legacy

Africa | A 19th-century Scottish missionary helped to transform southeast Nigeria, and local groups are still emulating her efforts a century later
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/19, 04:30 pm

On a Tuesday morning, a loud bell echoed across Mary Slessor Academy in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River state in southern Nigeria. Students wearing navy blue and green uniforms scurried to line up for morning devotions and announcements.

On the fenced property sat different classroom blocks for nursery to high-school students. In front of the high-school block, students sang praise songs and hymns. One teacher led a Scripture reading and shared words of encouragement.

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A day in a polio campaign

Health | Nigeria is nearly polio-free thanks to oral vaccinations, but some parents remain resistant
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/19, 03:48 pm

At 7:00 on a Saturday morning in July, dozens of volunteers gathered at the primary health center in the town of Karu. It marked the start of a four-day polio campaign on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Supervisors for different groups received last-minute reminders on how to verify their team’s work. Team members collected kits for the day that included identity tags, green overalls, and oral polio vaccines.

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