Gregory Warner http://krcc.org en Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled http://krcc.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 20282 at http://krcc.org Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry http://krcc.org/post/escaping-south-sudans-violence-often-means-going-hungry 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 14:00:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 20219 at http://krcc.org Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence http://krcc.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 19769 at http://krcc.org With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive http://krcc.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 19366 at http://krcc.org Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive The Mood In Abuja, Where Missing Schoolgirls Cast Long Shadow http://krcc.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 19292 at http://krcc.org Nairobi Bombings Are A Sign Of Spreading Militant Influence http://krcc.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 19251 at http://krcc.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts http://krcc.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 19197 at http://krcc.org Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? http://krcc.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 18716 at http://krcc.org Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes http://krcc.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 18618 at http://krcc.org South Sudan's Unrest Turns Politicians To Rebels, Tents To Homes In South Sudan, Peace Sought In Bringing Two Leaders Together http://krcc.org/post/south-sudan-peace-sought-bringing-two-leaders-together Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Thousands have been killed in South Sudan since a political dispute devolved into targeted ethnic massacres. Secretary of State John Kerry visited South Sudan today. His trip is aimed at bringing the warring parties face to face to end the conflict. As NPR's Gregory Warner reports, the U.S. has special interest in the country because the United States is behind its political existence.<p>GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: Arriving in the capital Juba, John Kerry took a moment to recall his last trip to South Sudan on July 9, 2011, the day it became a country. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 18550 at http://krcc.org Kerry Announces Progress Toward Peacekeeping Force In South Sudan http://krcc.org/post/kerry-announces-progress-toward-peacekeeping-force-south-sudan 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>April was one of the deadliest months in South Sudan since fighting broke out among political and ethnic factions in December. Thousands of people have been killed since the start of the conflict, many solely for their tribal background. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Africa to accelerate the international effort to restore peace. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 18493 at http://krcc.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://krcc.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 17905 at http://krcc.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos http://krcc.org/post/how-rwandas-only-ice-cream-shop-challenges-cultural-taboos Rwanda has a warm climate, and the people love milk. You'd think ice cream would be an easy sell.<p>But mention ice cream to Chantal Kabatesi, and she rubs her jaw like she's at the dentist with a toothache. When she first tasted ice cream at the age of 35 "it was like eating hailstones," the kind that fall on her childhood village once or twice a year.<p>"I thought, 'Oh no, what are we serving to our customers? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 17518 at http://krcc.org How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience http://krcc.org/post/remembering-rwandans-who-followed-their-conscience Olive Mukankusi lives in a two-room house with mud walls and a dirt floor in a village called Igati, in eastern Rwanda's Rwamagana province. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 17418 at http://krcc.org Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide http://krcc.org/post/rwanda-honors-dead-celebrates-progress-20-years-after-genocide After a minute of silence at noon, Monday's remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide began with testimony from a survivor.<p>The screaming started soon after.<p>In the crowd of 30,000 gathered in Amahoro stadium in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, first this person then that began to wail and thrash. Men in yellow vests took them to a special room of mattresses in the stadium basement.<p>In general, Rwandan culture discourages such outward displays of grief. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 17360 at http://krcc.org Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide http://krcc.org/post/what-simpsons-says-about-ukraines-language-divide Misha Kostin, a 21-year-old construction engineer in eastern Ukraine, loves <em>The Simpsons</em>. He's loved it for 10 years. He says the animated series "illustrates everyday life problems in humorous ways, and offers a useful moral at the end of each episode."<p>And though Kostin and most of the people in eastern Ukraine are native Russian speakers, he prefers to download episodes dubbed not in Russian but in his second language, Ukrainian. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 17061 at http://krcc.org What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide In Ukraine's Industrial Heart, An Economic Affinity With Russia http://krcc.org/post/ukraines-industrial-heart-economic-affinity-russia In Eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland, many workers fear for their jobs if Ukraine joins the European Union. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16940 at http://krcc.org Without Orders, Ukrainian Troops Are Anchorless In Crimea http://krcc.org/post/without-orders-ukrainian-troops-are-anchorless-crimea Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>SIEGEL: Music and fireworks in Moscow today, as Russia formalized its annexation of Crimea. There was a more muted celebration in Brussels, where Ukraine signed a political association agreement with the European Union. Coming up, we'll talk about what Russia's new stance means for the U.S.<p>CORNISH: But first, to Crimea. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16611 at http://krcc.org Crimean Tatars Fear History May Repeat Itself http://krcc.org/post/crimean-tatars-fear-history-may-repeat-itself Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Crimea itself, the Russian takeover is working its way into many aspects of life. The new pro-Russian authorities have canceled the Ukrainian Civil Code, including all property documents. And there are rumors that anyone who refuses to accept a new Russian passport might have their property confiscated. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16556 at http://krcc.org Russian Flags Fly Over Ukrainian Base — But Who Stormed It? http://krcc.org/post/russian-flags-fly-over-ukrainian-base-who-stormed-it Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Ukraine is said to be preparing to pull all its military forces out of Crimea after its naval headquarters there was stormed by pro-Russian forces. Yesterday, a Ukrainian soldier was killed in an attack on another base. News reports today quote sources in Kiev indicating plans to evacuate all of its military personnel and their families to mainland Ukraine. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16503 at http://krcc.org Deadly Violence Breaks Out At Crimean Military Base http://krcc.org/post/deadly-violence-breaks-out-crimean-military-base Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>On Sunday, Crimea was part of Ukraine. Yesterday, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimea was an independent country. And today Putin and Crimean officials signed a treaty to make the peninsula part of Russia. We're going to hear a Russian view of these events coming up.<p>CORNISH: First, to Crimea, where today's announcement was celebrated with fireworks. There was also deadly gunfire, as a Ukrainian military base was attacked. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16459 at http://krcc.org Putin Moves Foward With Plans To Annex Crimea http://krcc.org/post/putin-moves-foward-plans-annex-crimea Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Gregory Warner about Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval of a draft treaty to annex Crimea. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16426 at http://krcc.org Celebrations In Crimea — And Worries Among Troops Left Behind http://krcc.org/post/celebrations-crimea-and-worries-among-troops-left-behind Now that Crimea has voted to separate from Ukraine and join Russia, Ukrainian troops still stationed on the peninsula have become even less secure. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16408 at http://krcc.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic http://krcc.org/post/jewels-lie-beneath-violence-central-african-republic Morning Mass began with a hymn on a recent Sunday at the Infant Jesus Catholic Church in the Central African Republic town of Bouar. The Rev. Dominic Mbarta fretted about his sermon. The previous Sunday, when<strong> </strong>a Polish priest at the church<strong> </strong>simply asked the congregation to refrain from killing their Muslim neighbors or looting abandoned Muslim houses, the priest was threatened.<p>"They were so angry," Mbarta says. "They went back grumbling that the priest is not impartial. He is for the Muslims. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 15679 at http://krcc.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? http://krcc.org/post/feathers-plucked-muslims-plea-flee-central-african-republic It is almost impossible to buy soap anymore in most small towns in the Central African Republic. Same with sugar, powdered milk, batteries, baby formula. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:09:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 15145 at http://krcc.org Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister http://krcc.org/post/how-i-almost-got-arrested-south-sudanese-ex-minister The unmarked, unpaved streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, can be tough for an outsider to navigate.<p>By the time I found the house of Peter Adwok Nyaba, the country's former minister of higher education, science and technology, it was already 5 p.m. The sun was dangerously low on the horizon. I had less than an hour to interview Adwok and get back to my hotel before the citywide curfew — imposed when the violence began three weeks before — took effect. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 13526 at http://krcc.org How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer http://krcc.org/post/rebel-leader-skeptical-south-sudan-cease-fire-offer A senior official in South Sudan said Saturday that government troops will attack the main rebel stronghold if rebels turn down a proposed cease-fire.<p>The government had offered the truce on Friday to end two weeks of ethnic violence that has killed more than a thousand people.<p>Those rebel forces are loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, accused by supporters of President Salva Kiir of leading a coup attempt two weekends ago that sparked violence across the country.<p>Machar is skeptical of a truce, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25531089">the BBC reports</a>, saying Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 13216 at http://krcc.org Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan http://krcc.org/post/un-refuge-prepares-possible-attack-south-sudan The president of South Sudan spent Friday in a peace summit with regional heads of state, discussing the crisis that erupted last weekend after an alleged coup attempt. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:51:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 13196 at http://krcc.org U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison http://krcc.org/post/uganda-passes-anti-gay-bill-includes-life-prison Uganda's Parliament ignored Western criticism and passed a bill on Friday that punishes acts of homosexuality with prison terms that can include life in prison.<p>The bill has been a source of controversy for years. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 12952 at http://krcc.org Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya http://krcc.org/post/hiv-treatment-keeps-family-together-and-growing-kenya Daniel and Benta Odeny married late by African standards: Both were in their 30s. And they'd only just hit their third anniversary when Benta started coughing blood.<p>The cough lasted a couple of weeks. So Benta went to the doctor. She had HIV. But Daniel was still HIV negative.<p>"She thought it was the end of the world," Daniel says.<p>Benta thought that Daniel would leave her and she would die alone. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 12856 at http://krcc.org HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya