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May 24, 2023
Sudanese IDP’s Document Fleeing Conflict
Sudanese internally displaced people document dire conditions in the northeast African nation amid continuous fighting between rival forces – a development that the United Nations estimates has impacted over 843,000 people and other aid groups report a likelihood of higher numbers. For more, VOA correspondent Henry Wilkins spoke to internally displaced people from Sudan who sought refuge in Chad.
May 23, 2023
UN: Sudan War Leaving Children Vulnerable
Authorities of the United Nations Children’s Fund recently reported that the ongoing war in Sudan has displaced over 450,000 children from their homes and pushed tens of thousands into neighboring countries – a development that has profusely impacted their education and left them vulnerable to exploitation, child marriages and recruitment into armed groups. VOA correspondent Henry Wilkins has more on the U.N.’s findings from Borota, Chad, a border town housing several Sudanese refugees.
May 16, 2023
UNHCR: Chad Housing 55,000 Sudanese Refugees
The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, reports that a week-old camp in Borota, Chad is housing over 55,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. For more on the living conditions of the Sudanese refugees, VOA correspondent Henry Wilkins visited the camp in Borota where he spoke to authorities and refugees.
April 08, 2023
Women Dominate Archeology in Sudan
Sudanese archaeologists report that women at the University of Khartoum are set to dominate the field, pointing out that over 90 percent of its students are female. The Northeast African nation has a rich archaeological history and boasts having more pyramids than Egypt. For more, VOA’s Henry Wilkins speaks to students and experts in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.
April 02, 2023
Tigrayan Refugees in Sudan Look for Missing Relatives
As Ethiopia's civil war comes to an end, along with a communications blackout in the Tigray region, the Red Cross is helping refugee families who fled to Sudan find relatives who were unable to escape the conflict. For VOA, Henry Wilkins met with one man in Khartoum who is desperately looking for his lost relative.
April 02, 2023
Israel-Sudan Coral Reef Project Hampered
A joint project between Sudanese and Israeli scientists to study the unique resilience of Red Sea coral reefs has stalled due to red tape [bureaucratic delays], according to those involved. The project has been hailed not only for protecting coral reefs but also for normalizing Israel-Sudan relations. Henry Wilkins reports from Port Sudan, Sudan.
April 01, 2023
UNICEF Talks to Sudanese Men's Clubs About Female Genital Mutilation
The World Health Organization says about 87% of Sudanese females between ages 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation, one of the highest rates in the world. A project by the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, is targeting sports clubs to engage men and boys in the fight against the practice. Henry Wilkins reports from Khartoum, Sudan.
March 09, 2023
Sudan Teachers Continue Strike Despite Government Claims of Concessions
Sudan's state schoolteachers have been on strike since November over low and unpaid salaries. They accuse the military government of failing to prioritize education and are calling for the civilian government to be restored. Meanwhile, Sudan’s finance minister says the government has met the teachers’ demands. Henry Wilkins reports from Khartoum, Sudan.
March 07, 2023
UN Marine Treaty Likely to Impact African Fishers
It was tears of joy at the United Nations in New York Saturday as delegates agreed on an international treaty to make the exploitation of resources on the high seas sustainable. The "Treaty of the High Seas" has reportedly being called ''the most important international negotiations that no one has ever heard of.'' Experts say this treaty is likely to have far reaching impacts across the globe - not least for fishers in Africa like Abdullah Hussein Mohammed, who lives on Sudan's coast in Port Sudan as VOA's Henry Wilkins reports.
January 16, 2023
Terrorism Spills Over From Burkina Faso Into Northern Benin
A recent report by the Clingendael Institute, a Netherlands-based think tank, found that many more violent incidents linked to extremist groups occurred in northern Benin last year than the government has officially acknowledged. Meanwhile, analysts say the country has become the new front line in the Sahel conflict. Reporting from Natitingou, in northern Benin, VOA’s Henry Wilkins has more.
January 12, 2023
Benin ‘Woman King’ Statue Sparks Controversy
A statue in Benin of one of the female warriors of Dahomey, which appeared in the Hollywood film "The Woman King," was likely built by a sanctioned North Korean company, according to evidence discovered by VOA's Korean Service. In an exclusive interview with VOA, the Benin government denies the statue was constructed by North Korea. Henry Wilkins reports from Cotonou, Benin.
January 03, 2023
Africa's "100-Year Coastal Floods" More Frequent
Once-a-century floods are projected to start happening once every 40 years in Africa - thanks to rising sea levels caused by climate change, according to a new report from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense-funded think tank.
January 03, 2023
100-year Coastal Floods in Africa Now Happen Every 40 Years
A new report by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies says "once in a hundred years" floods will become more common in coastal communities due to rising sea levels caused by climate change. As a stretch of West Africa’s coast is set to become the world’s largest megalopolis and an economic powerhouse, academics worry rising sea levels will stymie growth and impact the continent and the world. Henry Wilkins reports from Ganvie, Benin.
November 22, 2022
UNICEF Prevents Education Crisis in Burkina Faso from Spreading
UNICEF's West Africa director says the organization is attempting to prevent Burkina Faso’s conflict with jihadist groups from spreading to coastal countries such as Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. One-fifth of schools in the country have been closed because of the violence. Henry Wilkins reports from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
October 17, 2022
Sahel Deaths Spike Amid Military Coups: Analysts
Analysts say studies show a surge in civilian deaths in the Western Sahel amid military coups in West Africa, as military officials cite failures to stem deadly attacks by Islamist insurgent groups as the reason for leadership changes. For more, VOA’s Henry Wilkins reports from Burkina Faso.
October 13, 2022
Advocacy Groups Concerned Burkina Faso Underreporting IDPs
Advocacy groups say the recent government estimate that 1.5 million people have been internally displaced by ongoing conflict in Burkina Faso — a drop from aid group estimates of 2 million — may reduce the amount of aid provided for those in need.
October 06, 2022
Burkina Faso Calls for Russian Military Help Intensifies
Analysts say the ascension of Ibrahim Traore as the new leader of Burkina Faso’s military junta witnessed intensified calls by citizens to replace the security relationship Bamako has with France, instead opting for a relationship with Russia. For more, VOA’s Henry Wilkins reports from Ouagadougou