Nigeria

8:43am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Islamist Rebels In Mali Inch Closer To Mauritania, Niger

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 1:24 pm

Fighters of the Islamist group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa guard a tank abandoned by the Malian army on Aug. 7.
Romaric Ollo Hien AFP/Getty

It's hard to keep track of who is fighting who in the west African nation of Mali, but it appears that Islamist rebels have pushed secular Tuareg rebels out of a small town about 50 miles east of the border with Mauritania. As the Associated Press notes, the action comes about a week after militants captured the town of Ménaka, in eastern Mali, about 65 miles from the border with Niger.

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11:53am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

In Nigeria, Church Bombing Death Toll Now 30; Gunmen Attack Police Station

It has been a bloody last couple of days in Nigeria: First on Sunday, two car bombs exploded near a church inside a military base. According to the AP, hospital officials said the death toll in that incident has grown to 30.

And today, the AP reports, there is news that gunmen rushed a police station in the nation's capital of Abuja.

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12:42pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Shots - Health News

Polio Hides Out In A Few 'Sanctuaries' In Nigeria

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 2:05 pm

Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu, 4, was paralyzed by polio in August.
David Gilkey NPR

Nigeria is the world's epicenter for polio. It's the only place where cases are ticking up, and it's been the source of outbreaks in other countries since 2003.

There was a disappointing update from public health officials Thursday about the polio situation in Nigeria. Despite beefed-up efforts to vaccinate kids and a flood of new resources, Nigeria still hasn't turned the corner on polio.

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3:57am

Sat October 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Fallout From Financial Crisis: Thousands Of Nigerian Kids Poisoned By Lead

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 6:27 pm

Women and their children wait for medication and instructions on how to use it at the clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. Treating children with high levels of lead is a painstaking process that works only if their environment at home is free from lead.
David Gilkey NPR

Gold in general has great PR. It's slick, it's hip, it's bling. But in a remote corner of West Africa, it's killing children.

Lead from illegal gold mines in northwestern Nigeria has sparked what Doctors Without Borders has called the worst case of environmental lead poisoning in years.

The catastrophe is part of the fallout from the collapse of the U.S. housing market.

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8:12am

Thu October 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Chat With Jason Beaubien About Nigerian Gold: Today At Noon ET

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 7:31 am

A young boy works at an illegal gold mine in Dareta, Nigeria.
David Gilkey NPR

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien just got back from northern Nigeria, where he's been reporting on what health officials say may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.

We hosted a live chat with Beaubien Thursday — hashtag #NigeriaGold. Catch highlights of the conversation below.

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