Impoverished young men have menaced the city of Zinder with rapes and murders. Now Boko Haram wants to turn their ultra-violence into a weapon of war.
"We're trying to create a new normal." The struggle in Niger to help girls avoid early marriage.
Most women in Niger marry at the onset of puberty and are expected to continue having as many children as their bodies will allow until they reach menopause.
Victims of domestic violence, mental and physical abuse, and child marriage have a sanctuary in the only shelter of its kind in Niger, a country of 17 million.
The challenges of population growth, environmental degradation, food security, and even violent extremism can be traced back to issues with girls’ health, education and human rights.
The teacher at the Koranic school described the young woman as “calm and obedient,” ideal marriage material. Samira Abdoulaye, 19, did not return the sentiment.
Pulitzer Center grantee Peter Gwin was interviewed by CNN about his reporting on the Tuareg, a nomadic group recruited by Muammar Qaddafi to fight against the rebels in Libya.
Tuareg rebels have been fighting the Niger government, with some support from Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, for a share in the lucrative uranium mined on their lands.
Tackling a food crisis: With the help of NGOs, farmers in Niger are looking for long-term solutions to recurring crop failures and shortages.
Will Christianity be a solution to the hardships that plague Niger?
Food distribution is one part of NGO strategy to help Nigeriens through crisis times such as the 2010 food shortage.
From small clinics like the World Vision clinic near Dakoro in eastern Niger to larger hospitals like Galmi, the ill effects of malnutrition color healthcare routines and treatments.