Gregory Warner http://mtpr.org en Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled http://mtpr.org/post/western-countries-issue-warnings-kenyan-tourism-gets-pummeled The Baobab Resort sits on the south coast of Kenya's Mombasa Island, but it has some of the homey feel of an old Catskills resort.<p>On a recent day, sounds from outside trickled into the resort's largest conference hall: children enjoying their last hour of daylight on the beach, staff members singing tunes from <em>The Lion King,</em> warming up for their evening show.<p>But the mood inside was somber: The 150 British tourists gathered heard only the apologetic voice of the local representative from their travel company, Tui, informing them that their vacations were being cut short and that Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 20288 at http://mtpr.org Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry http://mtpr.org/post/escaping-south-sudans-violence-means-tolerating-hunger Even in an undeveloped country like South Sudan, Ganyliel can feel like the middle of nowhere: a bunch of tiny islands surrounded by a gigantic swampy floodplain fed by the River Nile during rainy season. To get here, I took a helicopter from the capital, then ditched my sneakers for gumboots. I've waded out into water that's too deep for an SUV and too shallow for a speedboat.<p>I board a canoe made from a hollowed-out palm tree.<p>"This river is very protective to the people of Ganyliel," says my companion in the canoe, Lorjack Riak Lorjack. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 20217 at http://mtpr.org Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence http://mtpr.org/post/swift-quiet-moves-nigerian-group-limits-religious-violence The city of Jos sits on an invisible fault line between Nigeria's mostly Christian south and its largely Muslim north. Its population is almost 50-50 Muslim-Christian.<p>So it's not surprising that twin car bombs in a crowded downtown vegetable market on May 20 killed both Christians and Muslims. Most of the 133 victims were women, and 25 were children.<p>But that could have been only the beginning of the killing, as was the case in the past.<p>"The choice of Jos, to make this very huge bomb, was deliberate," says Ezekiel Gomos, head of the Jos Business School. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19775 at http://mtpr.org With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive http://mtpr.org/post/relatives-kidnapped-girls-bring-them-back-alive Nigerians are asking themselves how far their government should go to bring almost 300 abducted schoolgirls back to their families.<p>The militants of Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that claimed responsibility for the kidnapping last month, have offered to swap the girls for some prisoners held by the government.<p>That offer was immediately rejected by the Nigerian government, but relatives of the girls say that firepower alone wont save them. They want the government to reconsider.<p>The hashtag "Bring back our girls" has more than 4 million tweets. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19353 at http://mtpr.org Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive The Mood In Abuja, Where Missing Schoolgirls Cast Long Shadow http://mtpr.org/post/mood-abuja-where-missing-schoolgirls-cast-long-shadow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The president of Nigeria told a security conference in Paris this weekend that he is fighting out Al-Qaida in West Africa. Goodluck Jonathan was referring to Boko Haram, the group that abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Northern Nigeria a bit over a month ago.<p>Joining us to talk about that is NPR's Gregory Warner who is in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19275 at http://mtpr.org Nairobi Bombings Are A Sign Of Spreading Militant Influence http://mtpr.org/post/nairobi-bombings-are-sign-spreading-militant-influence A pair of bombs killed at least 10 people in Kenya's capital on Friday. What do these and a slew of other attacks in Kenya say about the security situation in the country and the region? Sun, 18 May 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19231 at http://mtpr.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts http://mtpr.org/post/nigerian-abductions-part-terrible-pattern-african-conflicts The girls at St. Mary's slept uneasily that night. Rebels were rumored to be nearby and planning an attack. Calls for protection by school administrators to a nearby army outpost went unanswered.<p>By nightfall, all the girls "prayed to God and asked Him to take control of our lives," a 16-year-old would later tell a reporter. During the night, the girls heard boots. Then gunfire. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19178 at http://mtpr.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? http://mtpr.org/post/can-africans-do-better-job-peacekeeping-south-sudan The commander of the rebel movement in South Sudan has agreed to talk peace — if he can make it out of his secret war bunker.<p>Riek Machar told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by phone on Tuesday that he would "try his best" to make it to Friday's scheduled sit-down in Ethiopia, but that he was "now in a very remote area."<p>There might be some truth to it: South Sudan is one of the least developed countries in the world, with almost no paved roads outside of the capital. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 18701 at http://mtpr.org Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? With UN Chief In South Sudan, Warring Sides Agree To Talk http://mtpr.org/post/un-chief-south-sudan-warring-sides-agree-talk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The president of South Sudan and the commander of the rebels there have agreed to sit down and talk. That's one thing that's come out of a visit to the country by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.<p>As NPR's Gregory Warner reports, the U.N. chief also addressed calls to bring African troops into the troubled peacekeeping process.<p>GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: There have been two main international strategies to bringing peace to South Sudan. One is diplomatic: encouraging peace talks. The second is military: sending in peacekeepers. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 18697 at http://mtpr.org South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes http://mtpr.org/post/south-sudans-unrest-turns-politicians-rebels-tents-homes It seems hard to believe now, but the tit-for-tat ethnic killing that threatens to tear apart the country of South Sudan began with little more than a political tug of war. I was almost pulled into it myself on a trip there in December. One early evening, I was in the middle of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/01/06/260189348/how-i-almost-got-arrested-with-a-south-sudanese-ex-minister">interviewing</a> the former Minister of Education Peter Adwok when police came to arrest him.<p>When I returned to South Sudan this weekend, I went to see Adwok. Mon, 05 May 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 18594 at http://mtpr.org South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes