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FILE - Villagers who fled the village of Gwoza, after an attack by Boko Haram in November, arrive at a camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Nigeria.

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Blessing John, who escaped from Boko Haram, hands out used clothes to internally displaced people at the Sabon Kuchigora refugee settlement on the outskirts of Abuja, Dec. 17. (Chris Stein/VOA)

Boko Haram Survivor From Gwoza Speaks of Brutal Captivity

Blessing John, who managed to escape Boko Haram and take refuge in the capital Abuja tells VOA what captivity is like under the brutal militant group More

Congolese army soldiers on a reconnaissance mission near Kibumba Hill, around 25km from the provincial capital Goma, in eastern Congo Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

Hundreds Killed in Eastern DRC Attacks

UNHCR says nearly 90,000 displaced in North Kivu Province More

FILE - South Sudanese internally displaced people (IDP) sell food at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Malakal, Oct. 16, 2014.

WFP: S. Sudan to Face 2015 Hunger Crisis

WFP says it expects the overall nutrition situation in South Sudan to remain dire in the coming months; needs $341 million for its operation over the next six months More

Photogallery Kenya's Tough Anti-Terror Law Signed

Measure grants new authority to police; critics say it threatens civil liberties More


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S. Sudan’s Bentiu Camp: Making the Youth Better Than Their Fathersi
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December 19, 2014 4:25 PM
Sunday Bayak is 16 years old. When fighting started in Bentiu where he lived with his brother, he fled like thousands of South Sudanese to U.N. protected sites. Many of his male friends and peers joined the rebels, either to take revenge for the killing of their relatives or out of hunger, or both. Benno Muchler has more on the story from the camp.
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Video S. Sudan’s Bentiu Camp: Making the Youth Better Than Their Fathers

Sunday Bayak is 16 years old. When fighting started in Bentiu where he lived with his brother, he fled like thousands of South Sudanese to U.N. protected sites. Many of his male friends and peers joined the rebels, either to take revenge for the killing of their relatives or out of hunger, or both. Benno Muchler has more on the story from the camp.
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Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
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Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
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Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
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Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.
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Video Gold Miners Join Class Action Suit in South Africa Over Lung Disease

Five of South Africa's largest gold mining companies recently announced they will create a working group to deal with the issue of occupational lung disease. This move comes as the sector faces what could be South Africa's biggest-ever class action lawsuit. More than 25,000 miners are seeking compensation from gold mining companies, saying they failed to protect them from Silicosis, a debilitating and incurable lung disease. Emilie IOB reports from South Africa and neighboring Lesotho.
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Video Films from African Diaspora Celebrated in New York

Films from the length and breadth of Africa, Algeria to South Africa - and many other corners of the world -- are screening at this year’s African Diaspora International Film Festival <http://nyadiff.org/> in New York. It’s the 22nd year for the Festival, founded in 1993 by Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, who is of Jamaican-Haitian descent, and his French-Malian wife, Diarah N’Daw-Spech. More from Carolyn Weaver in New York.
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Video No End in Sight as South Sudan Conflict Enters Second Year

One year after South Sudan's political infighting spiraled into deadly conflict, the parties appear no closer to silencing their guns and getting back to the business of building the world’s youngest nation. VOA’s Margaret Besheer has more from the United Nations.
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Video Board Game Helps Fight Real World Ebola

As doctors and scientists work to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and find a cure, a global community of board gamers is also helping to fight the deadly disease. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, the goal is to raise money to help stop the spread of Ebola.
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Video Kenyan Jump Rope Squad Eyes World Championship

A Kenyan jump rope team is hoping to become world champs - after winning numerous competitions. The team members are all from the Nairobi slum of Kibera and are between the ages of 8 and 18. Lenny Ruvaga profiles the team and how jumping rope has helped them avoid negative peer pressure.
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Video Britain’s Prince William Accuses Wildlife Poachers of ‘Looting The Planet’

In a passionate speech in Washington Monday, Britain’s Prince William made a plea for the world to do more to tackle wildlife poaching - and linked the problem to terrorism. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the prince has long held an interest in conservation; he proposed to Kate Middleton while on holiday in a Kenyan game reserve.
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Video Displaced in Kenya Hope for Justice Without ICC

Last week, the International Criminal Court prosecutor dropped crimes-against-humanity charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing a lack of evidence. Some of those displaced by the violence in 2007-08 that Kenyatta was accused of organizing think the government might now be more free to help them. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports.
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Video Human Rights Day Observance to Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’

Wednesday is United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. War is the major source of abuses around the world - and in the past 12 months, major conflicts have intensified. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video US Cites Progress in Conventional Weapons Destruction

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says fewer people were injured or killed by mines or other war remnant explosives last year than in any other year since the turn of the century. He commented as the State Department released its annual report on the status of conventional weapons destruction, worldwide. Kerry says despite progress in key areas, “much work remains to be done.” VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Masai Demand Tanzanian Government Reject Plans for Hunting Reserve

Around 5,000 Masai are gathering in their ancestral lands in Tanzania to discuss allegations that the government plans to evict them and sell off the land to build a game hunting reserve for rich Arabs. Tanzania’s president has dismissed the claims in a post on social media site Twitter. A global petition against the plans attracted over 2 million signatures. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Report: Internet Freedom Declines Worldwide

A new survey shows that Internet freedom has declined around the world for the fourth consecutive year, as a growing number of countries impose various forms of online censorship and monitoring practices. Rights group Freedom House on Thursday issued an annual report that says more people are being arrested for their Internet activities than ever before, and online media outlets are increasingly pressured to comply with government requests for data or deletions. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video AMISOM Undertakes New Role in Somalia

The UN-sanctioned military mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is taking on a new role after freeing much of the country from al-Shabab control. New operating guidelines will allow troops to re-open key supply routes once blockaded by militants in south central Somalia. As Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu, more freedom of movement is needed to help alleviate the impact of drought and food insecurity.
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Video Scientist Who Helped Identify Ebola in 1976 Optimistic On Current Outbreak

The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Video Safety of Journalists in Somalia a Major Concern

U.N. agencies, the Somali government and the Somali journalists union are working to address the problem of censorship and the threat of violence against journalists in Somalia. Abdulaziz Billow has more for VOA from Mogadishu.
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Video Boko Haram Violence Ravages Northern Nigeria, Hurts Cameroon

The death toll from a Friday attack at a mosque in northern Nigeria has risen into the dozens, with several hundred other people wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which bears the marks of the terrorist group Boko Haram. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.

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South Sudan Rebels 'Deliberately Targeted', Killed Civilians in Bentiu, UN Says

UNMISS accuses rebel forces of killing at least 11 civilians, including a baby and a teenaged boy, and of kidnapping and raping women when they retook the town of Bentiu in October.
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US Congress Boosts Sanitation Programs for World’s Poor

Bill strengthens major funding for water, sanitation, hygiene programs that prevent childhood deaths from diarrhea or pneumonia
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Video South Sudan’s Bentiu Camp: Making the Youth Better Than Their Fathers

Camp youth leader works to prevent his generation from following gangs, taking up arms against their community
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WFP: S. Sudan to Face 2015 Hunger Crisis

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Boko Haram Survivor From Gwoza Speaks of Brutal Captivity

Blessing John, who managed to escape Boko Haram and take refuge in the capital Abuja tells VOA what captivity is like under the brutal militant group
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Photogallery Kenya's Tough Anti-Terror Law Signed

Measure grants new authority to police; critics say it threatens civil liberties
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UN Chief: Ebola Fight in Liberia is Working

On Africa tour, Ban says he is 'cautiously optimistic' outbreak can be defeated, with much work ahead
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Cameroon Army Kills 116 Suspected Boko Haram Militants

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed five Cameroon soldiers and seized weapons and vehicles in fighting that started Thursday morning
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