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A doctor attends to a Malnourished child as women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers wait to receive treatment at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria, after being rescued from captivity by Boko Haram fighters, May 3, 2015.

Nigeria: Traumatized Captives Taken to Refugee Camp

Nearly 300 women, children - some with bandaged heads and arms and many showing signs of malnourishment - arrive at Yola after days on road, traveling in pickup trucks More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes a selfie with a baby elephant while touring the Sheldrick Center Elephant Orphanage at the Nairobi National Park, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Counterterrorism, Economic Development Key Issues for Kerry in Kenya

On Monday, Kerry meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top officials as well as some of the country's opposition leaders More

Cameroon Journalists Decry Shutdown on Media Outlets

Last year, at least 20 media organizations and journalists were either suspended or barred from the profession More

A French soldier talks to curious children as he mans a roadblock in the Miskine neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, Jan. 6, 2014.

UN Denies Child Sex Abuse Cover Up in CAR

UNHCR says senior official suspected of leaking report suspended for breaching rules More

People board a bus leaving Bujumbura, Burundi, with many saying they were leaving for the countryside, citing insecurity following protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in the upcoming elections, May 2, 2015.

3 Killed in Burundi Grenade Attack

Two police officers and civilian die,17 people injured in attacks in week of protests following president's controversial decision to run for third term More



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Deborah Block
May 03, 2015 11:33 PM
Beginning Sunday – World Press Freedom Day – the Committee to Protect Journalists, a private U.S. group, is launching a campaign to bring attention to their plight and encourage efforts to free them
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Video Raising Money to Free Journalists Worldwide

Beginning Sunday – World Press Freedom Day – the Committee to Protect Journalists, a private U.S. group, is launching a campaign to bring attention to their plight and encourage efforts to free them
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Video VOA's 'Straight Talk' Examines South Africa Xenophobia

Xenophobia is defined as the unreasoned fear or hatred of foreigners. And that's the name being given to a recent outbreak of violence against foreigners in South Africa - blamed for at least seven deaths and the departure of hundreds of mostly African immigrants. Paul Sisco has more from the most recent edition of VOA's Straight Talk Africa.
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Video Somali Hotel Chain Owner Strives to Make a Difference

Many in the Somali diaspora are returning home to make a new life despite the continuing risks. Since 2011 when a military campaign against Al-Shabab militants began making progress, members of the diaspora community have come back to open hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants and other businesses. Abdulaziz Billow in Mogadishu profiles the owner of a chain of hotels and restaurants who is helping to bring change to the once-deadly Somali capital.
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Video Interview with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kenya and Djibouti next week (May 3-5). A focus of his trip will be security and counterterrorism in the wake of al Shabab attacks, such as the deadly rampage at Kenya’s Garissa University College. Another key topic will be expanding economic cooperation and civic engagement. VOA State Dept. correspondent Pam Dockins interviewed Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, about the trip.
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Video Report: Worldwide Conditions for Media Fall Sharply

A new report says worldwide working conditions for the news media have fallen sharply to their lowest point in more than 10 years. The study says journalists are facing more restrictions from governments, militants, criminals and owners of the media. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel has details.
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Video Child Migrants Cross Mediterranean Alone, Face Unknown Future

Among the thousands of migrants making the deadly journey by boat to Europe, there are unaccompanied girls and boys. Some have been sent by relatives to earn money; others are orphaned or fleeing war. From a shelter for young migrants in the Sicilian town of Caltagirone, VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video UN Head: Mediterranean Migration Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII

More migrants have been brought ashore in southern Italy, after the visit Monday by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to an Italian warship patrolling the coastline. The U.N. chief said the recent migrant deaths had made the Mediterranean ‘a sea of misery’ - adding it was the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Henry Ridgwell reports from Augusta on the Italian island of of Sicily.
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Video Refugees in Kenya Fear Forced Repatriation to Somalia

Kenya’s government has ordered the closure of the massive Dadaab refugee camps in the northeastern part of the country due to concerns about a security threat from the mostly Somali population. As VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports from the ground in Dadaab, refugees have mixed feelings about leaving a place they have called home for more than 20 years.
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Video Somali Foreign Minister Discusses al-Shabab with VOA

Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdusalam Hadliye Omer says his country has a warm relationship with neighboring Kenya, which has provided troops to fight al-Shabab. There should be stepped-up sharing of intelligence and surveillance among countries fighting such Islamist groups, he tells VOA.
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Video Post-Ebola Economic Recovery Underway, West African Nations Say

Leaders from the West African nations most affected by the Ebola crisis — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — were in Washington this month to meet with President Barack Obama. They also gave exclusive interviews to Voice of America. VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
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Video Gains Being Made Against Malaria

The world is winning the fight against malaria, and a potential vaccine is being tested, but the United Nations warns it's no time for complacency. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the gains that have saved millions of lives and on the threats that could set back the efforts to control or even eradicate the disease.
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Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
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Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
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Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
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Video German Program Helps Migrants Overcome Traumatic Experience at Sea

Migrants fleeing poverty and violence in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia risk life and limb to reach safety in Europe. Those who have made it to European shores are traumatized by the experience. A program in Germany helps survivors overcome the trauma by giving a new perspective to their catastrophic experience. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video CPJ Names 10 Most Restrictive Nations for Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists has listed the 10 countries where the news media are the most restricted. Led by Eritrea and North Korea, the CPJ report released Tuesday says these countries harass and imprison journalists as well as censor the Internet to keep reporters quiet. VOA's Daniela Schrier has the details.
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Video Rocked By Migrants Deaths, Europe Debates Boosting Rescue Operation

Italy has proposed targeted attacks against people smugglers in Libya to counter the flow of migrants to its southern shores. Rescuers are still searching for survivors and bodies following the capsizing of a migrant boat Sunday, which was carrying up to 900 people. That incident -- one of the worst ever recorded -- has prompted the European Union to convene an emergency summit meeting later this week to tackle the issue. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
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Video New Test Set to Be Game Changer in Eradicating Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling, and a new test -- well into the last stage of trials -- is having positive results in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.
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Video Liberia's President Discusses US Trip with VOA

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the president of Africare, Dr. Darius Mans, spoke to VOA on Saturday about their meetings in the United States. The interview covered a range of topics, including the fight against Ebola, other health care challenges and the problem of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe

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