You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Managing editor Vincent Makori and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.
Bandits have released 15 more students kidnapped last month from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, officials told Reuters on Sunday (August 22).
School administrator Reverend John Hayab said that parents had raised and paid an undisclosed ransom to free the students, who were among more than 100 taken on July 5 from the Bethel Baptist High School.
Migrants from Latin America, Africa and Asia are flooding the streets of Necoclí, a town in Colombia across the Gulf of Urabá from the Panamanian border. More than 11 thousand migrants are stranded at the port as more arrive with plans to travel north to the United States.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi met with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir and called for lasting peace and viable solutions to help rebuild the country after years of conflict. Grandi has met with President Kiir as part of efforts to find lasting solutions.
Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook , Twitter and Whatsapp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said on Monday.
Uganda's foreign minister says the talks with the administration in Washington have yet to conclude about providing assistance to refugees from Afghanistan. Speaking to VOA’s Peter Clottey via skype General Al-Haji Abubaker Odongo Jeje says his country has the capacity to offer 2,000 Afghans safe refuge.
The Biden administration is vowing to safely evacuate all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan even as the situation at the Kabul airport grows more tense. Evacuations continued Sunday for Americans and Afghans who helped the U.S. military, and the U.S. has ordered commercial airlines to help.
Western nations, particularly the United States, have evacuated thousands from Kabul but the process is chaotic. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem was stuck at Kabul’s international airport for days. In this video story shot on her cell phone, she explains that the biggest difficulty right now for those wishing to leave Afghanistan is getting inside the airport.
As the Taliban take control of the Afghan government, women say they are fearful for their future, with many skeptical of the Islamist group's pledges to respect women’s rights. President Joe Biden said Friday that if the Taliban want aid and recognition, that will depend on how they treat Afghan women and girls. VOA’s Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.
For Italy’s journalists, covering the mafia has always been dangerous. There have been attacks recently against some reporters and almost two dozen are currently under police protection because of threats.
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