Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://kanw.com en Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://kanw.com/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41999 at http://kanw.com Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus http://kanw.com/post/guineans-scramble-defend-themselves-against-deadly-virus A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41822 at http://kanw.com How A Person Can Recover From Ebola http://kanw.com/post/how-patient-can-recover-ebola At least eight Ebola patients in Guinea have beaten the odds. They have recovered and been sent home. In past outbreaks, the death rate has been as high as 90 percent. In Guinea so far, about 60 percent of the 157 suspected cases have ended in death.<p>The first seven to 10 days after infection is the "peak of the illness," when people are most likely to die, says Barbara Knust, an epidemiologist at the <a href="https://www.pasteur.fr/en">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> in Atlanta. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41794 at http://kanw.com How A Person Can Recover From Ebola The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced http://kanw.com/post/ebola-survivors-reborn-not-always-embraced They call them the "Lazarus" cases, after the Biblical character who died but was revived by Jesus. They are survivors of the latest outbreak of Ebola.<p>Ebola often grabs global headlines as the killer virus that can result in a death rate of up to 90 percent. But in Guinea, the death rate in the current outbreak has been about 60 percent. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41769 at http://kanw.com The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless http://kanw.com/post/ebola-outbreak-three-weeks-dire-not-hopeless Guinea is on high alert. At the international airport, travelers' temperatures are monitored for signs of infection. In the capital city of Conakry, people rarely shake hands and are advised to regularly wash their hands with bleach-diluted water.<p>This is what life is like nearly three weeks after an outbreak of the deadly <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/">Ebola virus</a>.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/features/2014/ebola-healthcare-guinea/en/">World Health Organization</a> has confirmed 157 cases in Guinea, with 101 deaths. Neighboring Liberia has 21 reported cases and 10 deaths. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41644 at http://kanw.com The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless Facing Ebola Outbreak, Officials Must Contain Both Virus And Panic http://kanw.com/post/facing-ebola-outbreak-officials-must-contain-both-virus-and-panic Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Dozens of deaths are reported in Guinea in West Africa, the results of the Ebola virus. Health officials and aid agencies are working to contain both the disease and panic about the outbreak. We'll explore the origins of the deadly virus in a moment. First, NPR Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton on the outbreak.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: The epicenter of the human Ebola outbreak was first detected in Guinea's forested southeastern region. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41033 at http://kanw.com On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg http://kanw.com/post/streets-senegal-thousands-boys-are-forced-beg Human Rights Watch is urging Senegal to implement a law criminalizing forced begging. Many families are misled into entrusting their children to people acting as Islamic teachers, who then exploit thousands of young boys. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 40812 at http://kanw.com Central African Republic President Resigns http://kanw.com/post/central-african-republic-president-resigns Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We have a development, this morning, in one of the tragic conflicts we've been following in Africa. The president of Central African Republic resigned this morning. Local and international pressure had been building against President Michel Djotodia. He took power in a military coup last spring, plunging the country into a multi-sided civil war. Some of the fighting has just been bands of soldiers pillaging and killing civilians. Much of it, though, has also broken down into Muslim verses Christian violence. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37973 at http://kanw.com South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' http://kanw.com/post/south-africans-reflect-mandelas-rainbow-nation At the 1964 trial that convicted Nelson Mandela and his co-accused, and sent them to prison for life, he made a statement to the packed courthouse, which he repeated on his release in 1990, after 27 years in detention.<p>"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities," he said. "It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:56:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36955 at http://kanw.com South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation' Nelson Mandela Lies In State In Pretoria Before Sunday Burial http://kanw.com/post/nelson-mandela-lies-state-pretoria-sunday-burial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Yesterday, the world's leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. Now, the people have their turn. Mandela is lying in state in Pretoria to allow South Africans to bid him a personal farewell. Thousands of mourners filed past the half-open casket. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports the clouds and showers at yesterday's memorial have lifted.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Today, the summer sunshine returned as the funeral cortege carrying the casket of Mr. Mandela drove through the streets of Pretoria early this morning. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36845 at http://kanw.com As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye http://kanw.com/post/mandela-lies-state-south-africa-says-goodbye Amid a solemn atmosphere, the body of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196309760/nelson-mandela" target="_blank">Nelson Mandela</a> lay in state Wednesday at an amphitheater in South Africa's capital of Pretoria, the exact spot where he was sworn in as the country's first black president in 1994, reconciling a land that had been torn by racial divisions for centuries.<p>Mandela's coffin, draped in a South African flag, was transported by a hearse from a military hospital through the streets of Pretoria and then to the hilltop Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa's presidency.<p>South Af Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:22:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36812 at http://kanw.com As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye Obama Calls For Self-Reflection On Mandela's 'Heroic Life' http://kanw.com/post/obama-calls-self-reflection-mandelas-heroic-life Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. At a soccer stadium in South Africa before a crowd notable for its dancing and for the umbrellas it is holding up against the rain, President Obama is speaking in a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. He said just a moment ago: The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:47:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36761 at http://kanw.com South Africans Mourn Mandela, Celebrate His Life http://kanw.com/post/south-africans-mourn-mandela-celebrate-his-life South Africa's official period of mourning for former President Nelson Mandela will culminate in his funeral a week from Sunday. Mandela's death left South Africans with "a sense of profound and enduring loss," says the nation"s president, Jacob Zuma. His compatriots, as well as foreign visitors, are flocking in homage to the Mandela homes in Soweto and Johannesburg. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:33:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 36676 at http://kanw.com In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? http://kanw.com/post/nigerias-bloody-fight-whos-gaining-upper-hand For four years, the Islamist militants of Boko Haram have been waging a deadly campaign in northern and central Nigeria, killing thousands of people. In response, the Nigerian military is cracking down on the group, and the United States last week designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization.<p>I recently traveled to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where the insurgency began in 2009 with the goal of imposing Islamic law on Africa's most populous nation. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 35998 at http://kanw.com In Nigeria's Bloody Fight, Who's Gaining The Upper Hand? Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists http://kanw.com/post/nigerian-civilians-caught-crackdown-islamists Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Nigeria an Islamist insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, most of them civilians. The Nigerian president imposed a security crackdown last spring in a bid to end the uprising. Now Amnesty International is out with a report warning that more than 950 people have died in military detention in Nigeria in just the first half of this year. And the attacks continue. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 34619 at http://kanw.com Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. http://kanw.com/post/hardcore-heart-joburg-thrillers-star-spunky-pi South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, is a mixture of the old Wild West and a complex, modern African hub — at least, that's how crime novelist Jassy Mackenzie describes it. Mackenzie was born across the border, in Zimbabwe, but she moved to Johannesburg — Joburg for short — as a child, and she's a passionate champion of the city.<p>"I love the energy of Johannesburg," Mackenzie says. "People are open. People communicate. People are friendly in a brash, big-city way, which I love. ... Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:26:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 32676 at http://kanw.com Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I. Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated http://kanw.com/post/opposition-claims-zimbabwe-elections-were-manipulated Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The people of Zimbabwe cast ballots today for their next president. It's a two-horse race. Longtime president Robert Mugabe is once again being challenged by opposition leader and prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31300 at http://kanw.com Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election http://kanw.com/post/election-zimbabwe-will-end-power-sharing-deal Zimbabweans vote for a new president Wednesday, after a violent and disputed election in 2008 and five anxious and turbulent years since.<p>The much anticipated vote ends a power-sharing deal between veteran leader Robert Mugabe and his main political rival, who is the leading challenger in the presidential race.<p>Campaigning was enthusiastic and good-natured ahead of the vote, a marked contrast to what rights campaigners said was state-sponsored violence after the first round of voting five years ago. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31242 at http://kanw.com Zimbabweans Hope For Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election Zimbabwe Braces For Upcoming Elections http://kanw.com/post/zimbabwe-braces-upcoming-elections After years of food shortages and drought, in a country that was once the breadbasket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe's crippled economy is recovering — after adopting the U.S. dollar as its currency. But memories of the violent elections in 2008 are fueling fears about security. The disputed vote ended in a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and his main opposition rival. The Zimbabwean leader has now proclaimed July 31 as election day. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30084 at http://kanw.com Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way' http://kanw.com/post/media-focus-ailing-mandela-not-african-way It's almost impossible these days to switch on South African radio or television, or read a local newspaper, website or tweet, and not hear Nelson Mandela's name mentioned.<p>Friday marked the 19th anniversary of Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected — and first black — president, four years after he was released from prison.<p>For many South Africans, the coverage of his recent hospitalization and poor health seems like media overkill. Older South Africans stress that the African way of coping with the twilight years is culturally nuanced. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 27730 at http://kanw.com Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way'