Recent U.S. cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website show al-Qaida gaining a foothold in the Sahel, a lawless region in the Sahara desert, straddling the African nations of Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria.
His country is on the brink of "genocide," Ivory Coast's new ambassador to the United Nations has warned.And NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that the ambassador says homes are being marked in Ivory Coast according to the ethnic origin of their residents -- a classic tactic at times when factions
The West African nation Mauritania celebrated its independence from France 50 years ago on Sunday. Slavery remains widespread in the poor desert nation of 3 million, despite several attempts to ban it.Seventy-two-year-old Abdul Kamara is a French-speaking Fulani from Southern Mauritania.
Each Thursday we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.Amy Ernst has been volunteering with the Congolese organization COPERMA in North Kivu province in eastern Congo. The region has been ravaged by war and many of the victims are women. Th