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Senegal Child Help Hotline Offers Safety for Victims of Abuse

A child help hotline in Senegal provides around-the-clock counseling and protection for young people suffering physical or emotional harm. The free phone service is working to help vulnerable children from across West Africa.At Dakar’s Ginddi Center for children in difficulty there has not been electricity for most of the week, something of the...

Nigerian Sect Targets Security Forces, Non-Muslim Civilians

Islamic militants in Nigeria belonging to the Boko Haram group are being blamed for a series of attacks in the city of Maiduguri including bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed at least 28 people. Boko Haram began in 2004 as a gathering of fundamentalist, middle-class university students united behind the meaning of the group's name, which in...

Will a Rush to Elections in Egypt Undo Its Revolution?

After street protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down after thirty years in power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took on the temporary rule of the country. If the council delivers on its promises, parliamentary elections in Egypt will be held in September of this year, followed by presidential elections a few months...

Nigeria's Boko Haram Threatens Broader Attacks

Nigerian security forces are cracking down on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing in Abuja. Nigerian authorities and analysts say the extremist group, once confined to the country's northeast, is becoming a nationwide security threat.  The explosion struck the parking lot of a police station...

Egyptian Muslims, Copts Dampen Religious Feuds

Tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have boiled over into sporadic violence for many years, but the dramatic changes in the country have brought the issue once again to the fore.  Eye for eyeThe murder of a parish priest proved the most recent tipping point here.   Anba Daoud Boutros was found stabbed to death in February in his home...

Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money. One Quranic school that is putting its students first. Mohammed Niasse opened his Quranic school in 1981 with just six students. Thirty years later, this daara,...

Somalis Celebrate bin Laden's Death

Hundreds of Somalis marched through the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday to celebrate the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.The demonstrators also chanted slogans calling for an end to terrorism and violence by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab.Government troops guarded the demonstrators as they walked through a government-...

Online Archive Preserves Images from Christian Missions in Africa, Asia

An ambitious Internet project is bringing to light forgotten images from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world during the period when missionaries were active.  The International Mission Photography Archive contains more than 60,000 historic photographs that show cultural interaction - through missionaries - with the West.  In some cases, the...

Kenyan Prayer Meetings Spark Criticism, Controversy

In Kenya, debate has been sparked about countrywide prayer meetings held before and after six high-profile suspects traveled to The Hague in connection with post-election violence charges.  Organizers say the prayer meetings were attempts to sow peace among Kenyans, while critics contend they were thinly-disguised political rallies that will grow...

New Ivory Coast Government Calls for Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Ivory Coast's new government is calling for a truth and reconciliation commission to help address human rights abuses, including those committed during the political crisis that followed November's presidential election. Many challenges face a commission meant to reunite a country divided by more than 10 years of civil war, instability, and...

Libyan Opposition Leaders Debate Role of Religion in Government

While Libyan opposition forces battle troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in central and western Libya, opposition leaders have formed an interim authority in the east and are planning to draft a new constitution. Part of the debate centers on the role of religion in this deeply Muslim part of the country. Leaders in opposition-held...

Economic Issues Key in Nigerian Presidential Vote

After voting in parliamentary elections last weekend, Nigerians will once again head to the polls this Saturday.  This time around, the people of Africa's most populous country are getting ready to choose their next president. A campaign rally in Lagos, the capital - this one in support of Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of one of the main opposition...

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

Activist's Hunger Strike Gains Support in India

An activist on a hunger strike in India is gaining widespread public support in his efforts to pressure the government on the issue of corruption.   The movement draws on some of modern India's most deeply cherished nonviolent traditions.Hundreds of supporters Wednesday voiced their solidarity with the 72-year-old activist known as Anna Hazare.The...

Former U.S. President Says Women 'Pivotal' in Uprisings

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says women have played a pivotal role in the uprisings in the Middle East, including Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the ongoing revolution in Libya that demanded change for democracy and equal rights. In an interview with VOA, Carter says one of the greatest human rights violations is done against women and girls...