Posts tagged "africa"

This Is Why You’re Afraid Of Ebola (Despite The Fact That You’re Not Going To Get Infected)

Even though the chances that you’re going to get Ebola in the United States are extremely, extremely low, it is all the hell over my news feed and it’s been making me freak out. I know I’m not the only one. I’ve been trying to avoid reading about it because I’m afraid that it’ll…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 17, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls Could Actually Happen Soon

The Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram allegedly held numerous negotiations in August with the Red Cross and the Nigerian government to swap prisoners for the over 200 school girls who were kidnapped in April. The group opposes education for women, so they absconded with Nigerian teenagers and reportedly have been forcing the girl…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2014

Dad Makes Daughter’s Dream Of Being A Princess Come True In The Most Obnoxious Of Ways

I get it: you have kids and you love them so much you just want to give them the world, or whatever comes closest to it. But sometimes giving your kids whatever they want in life comes at a price. In the case of Virginia dad Jeremiah Heaton, that meant traveling halfway across the world…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 14, 2014

60+ Women And Girls Escape From Boko Haram

Over 60 girls and women escaped from Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that has staged kidnappings in Nigeria for several months.  According to security sources who spoke to the BBC, these women were taken in one of the latest abductions last month; back in April, Boko Haram kidnapped 230 schoolgirls, plus another…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 7, 2014

Meet Kendall Jones, The 19-Year-Old Cheerleader Who Hunts Rare Animals For Fun

For the last hour, I've been unable to scrape an image from my mind -- a young, pretty, blonde woman wearing a camo T-shirt, her tan legs straddling the dead body of a beautiful, majestic lion. She's pulling his head up so that the person taking the photo can get a good shot of hi…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2014

Nigerian Pop Singer Adokiye Ruffles Feathers Offering Her Virginity In Place Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

Well, that's one way to get attention. Adokiye Kyrian, a Nigerian pop singer, ruffled some feathers this week when she (jokingly?) offered up her virginity if the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram would release the 200+ school girls they kidnapped back in April. She told Vanguard's Showtime: "This is 11 p.m. in the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 27, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man. In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim's Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the…
By: Claire Hannum / May 22, 2014

80 U.S. Troops Will Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Eighty American troops in Chad will help search for the 200+ girls who were kidnapped from their school by an Islamist extremist group back in April. That's awesome, but WHAT TOOK US SO LONG? [CNN] According to the newest Gallup poll, 55…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

100 Kidnapped Girls Shown In Video; Boko Haram Offers Release In Exchange For Prisoners

One hundred kidnapped Nigerian school girls have allegedly been seen for the first time since their abduction in a video acquired by the AFP news service. The video was reportedly filmed by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from their boarding school in Chibok on April 14.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Michelle Obama Wants To #BringBackOurGirls

First Lady Michelle Obama has joined citizens of the globe in calling to #BringBackOurGirls. The hashtags and photos ask for the release of the 200+ Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their boarding school by a militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, which opposes education for girls and women. Of course, this crisis needs more tha…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Report: Eight More Teen Girls Kidnapped From Nigerian Village By Boko Haram

Eight more girls have been kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram from the village of Warabe, Nigeria, police there said yesterday. Three weeks ago, Boko Haram — who oppose the education of women and girls — kidnapped 200+ schoolgirls from a boarding school. Rumors are circulating that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out About Nigerian Schoolgirl Kidnappings

Angelina Jolie has spoken out about the kidnapping of 200+ Nigerian school girls by an Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram. "The kidnapping of these young Nigerian girls is an unthinkable cruelty," Jolie said in a press conference. "Sadly, of course, there is real…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2014

Leader Of Boko Haram Vows To Sell Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls

The leader of Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group responsible for kidnapping hundreds schoolgirls from their Nigerian boarding school, has vowed the girls will be sold. Between 200 and 300 teenagers were kidnapped at gunpoint from their school in mid-April by Boko Haram, which opposes education for women and girls. Some of the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

Nigerian Women March To Urge Government To Act On 230 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Nearly 500 women marched through Abuja, Nigeria, to press the government to the seek the release of 230 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, two weeks ago. Boko Haram, which doesn't believe in educating women, kidnapped the students from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2014

5 Things To Know About Nigeria’s 234 Abducted Schoolgirls

It's been two weeks since 234 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school and they are no closer to being found. The kidnapping is believed to be orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram (whose name translates to "Western Education Is Sine"), though they have yet to claim responsibility for the…
By: Claire Hannum / April 29, 2014

Uganda To Punish “Aggravated” Homosexuality With Life Imprisonment

Uganda's president signed an anti-gay law which will punish "serial offenders" of "aggravated" homosexuality with life imprisonment ... [New York Times] ... and why the United States knows this, yet might just leave Uganda be. [Think Progress] A Montana judge has admitted he was wrong (an understatement) to tell a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 24, 2014

Kenyan Politician On Single Women: “If You Are 35 And Don’t Have A Husband, There Is Something Wrong”

"If you are 35 and don't have a husband, there is something wrong. ... We will start demanding that you are married before you are elected.  ... You young ladies: look for husbands and get married. You are the ones causing problems. ... Someone who is able to manage a home is equally able to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2014

Justine Sacco Finally Apologizes, Says She Is “Ashamed” Of Racist AIDS Tweet

Justine Sacco, the now-former communications executive at IAC, who lost her job for tweeting a racist AIDS joke just before flying to Africa, has finally issued an apology. She first sent the apology to the South African newspaper The…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 22, 2013

All Of Twitter Watched And Waited For Justine Sacco To Land In Africa Last Night After PR Exec Tweeted Racist AIDS Joke

Welp, that was interesting. Late yesterday, I told you about Justine Sacco, the IAC Communications Executive who tweeted a racist joke about AIDS shortly before departing on her flight to somewhere in Africa. While Sacco was in the air…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 21, 2013
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