Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://wboi.org en Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali http://wboi.org/post/missing-air-algerie-flight-appears-have-crashed-mali <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Missing+Air+Algerie+Flight+Appears+To+Have+Crashed+In+Mali&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzU1MzUzMDEzMTkyMzAwMzY5MjY1Mw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33682 at http://wboi.org Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls http://wboi.org/post/young-pakistani-activist-urges-nigeria-do-more-kidnapped-girls Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When more than 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, the president of Nigeria was accused of a slow response. That was three months ago. Now trust between the families of the girls and their government is all but gone. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.<p>OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: The latest international personality to call for the release of the Nigerian girls is Malala Yousafzai. The 17-year-old Pakistani activist survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girl's education. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33273 at http://wboi.org U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates http://wboi.org/post/us-customs-seize-giant-african-snails-bound-dinner-plates Oh no! Snails are getting a bad name in the U.S.<p>I'm not talking about the delicate garlic-and-butter <em>escargots</em> that the French favor and savor.<p>It's giant African land snails, also known as <em>Archachatina marginata,</em> banana rasp snails or a number of other names they go by.<p>I hadn't realized the snails could be such a pest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33237 at http://wboi.org U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola http://wboi.org/post/west-africa-officials-target-ignorance-and-fear-over-ebola There's growing concern in West Africa about the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed hundreds of people. Health ministers have formed a regional response, but fear and a lack of knowledge about Ebola threaten their efforts.<p>Liberian musicians are joining the campaign, taking to song to educate people about the Ebola virus. Their tune is called <a href="https://soundcloud.com/shadowmrgn/ebola-in-town-d-12-shadow-kuzzy-of-2kings">"Ebola in Town,"</a> and warns people to beware of close contact with those who fall ill. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 33030 at http://wboi.org In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria http://wboi.org/post/extremist-group-claims-credit-mass-kidnapping-nigeria Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed credit for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls. The girls remain missing, and parents are pressing the government to find and bring them home. The president's wife has ordered the arrest of the parent who is leading the protests demanding government action. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30014 at http://wboi.org With Few Answers On Missing Teens, Frustration Simmers In Nigeria http://wboi.org/post/few-answers-missing-teens-frustration-simmers-nigeria Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, a large number of schoolgirls, possibly a couple hundred, are still missing after they were abducted by suspected Islamist insurgents more than two weeks ago. It was thought that the teens had been trucked to a notorious militant hideout in northeastern Nigeria. Latest reports say they may have been spirited across Nigeria's borders to neighboring countries. The dearth of information from authorities is causing outrage and is putting pressure on the Nigerian government.<p>NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins us now. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29859 at http://wboi.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians http://wboi.org/post/have-mercy-our-little-ones-kidnapping-agonizes-nigerians There is a grim mood of outrage in Nigeria. In the faraway, northeastern town of Chibok, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school dorms in the dead of night nearly two weeks ago.<p>Chibok is a mixed Christian and Muslim community in predominately Muslim northern Nigeria. The attackers are suspected Islamist extremists. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29661 at http://wboi.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wboi.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 29178 at http://wboi.org Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus http://wboi.org/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 29003 at http://wboi.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola http://wboi.org/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 28969 at http://wboi.org How A Person Can Recover From Ebola