05 June 2014

Niger in the News

1 in 4 Nigerien girls are married before age 15 . . . 4 out of 5 by 18.  For some, it's just business.

04 June 2014

Refuge Gone Wrong

When over 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in April, the world was outraged.  Using hashtags and digital polaroids, the phenomenon that is social media took the story viral, making famous the militant fundamentalist group that has been terrorizing Nigeria and recruiting young men in Niger.

Across the border our Nigerian brothers and sisters live amongst the acute trauma of kidnappingsbombings and massacres.  And while on this side we don't face the same acute horrors, we do feel the secondary effects.

On Friday, I wrote about the Little Girl of Peace, who had been brought to our hospital with severe burns after a car accident.  Turns out, she is a refugee.