Gregory Warner http://nhpr.org en Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry http://nhpr.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 12:50:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 49892 at http://nhpr.org Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? http://nhpr.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 48033 at http://nhpr.org Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan? Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://nhpr.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 47033 at http://nhpr.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience http://nhpr.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 20:33:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 46414 at http://nhpr.org Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide http://nhpr.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 21:54:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 46356 at http://nhpr.org Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic http://nhpr.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 22:31:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 44296 at http://nhpr.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? http://nhpr.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 23:12:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 43612 at http://nhpr.org Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister http://nhpr.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 21:27:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41345 at http://nhpr.org How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister Moved By Emotion: This Story Changed A Photographer's Lens http://nhpr.org/post/moved-emotion-story-changed-photographers-lens In 2010, well-traveled freelance photographer Kristie McLean arrived in Ethiopia, her first trip to the country. She was there to photograph women with an injury that can happen when a baby gets stuck during childbirth: obstetric fistula. It's a condition common in rural Africa and Asia, where women give birth far from hospitals and C-sections aren't readily available.<p>The injury is caused by prolonged, obstructed labor. (Fistula can also happen in cases of rape.) Often the baby dies. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41161 at http://nhpr.org Moved By Emotion: This Story Changed A Photographer's Lens South Sudan Peace Talks Begin, Fighting Persists http://nhpr.org/post/south-sudan-peace-talks-begin-fighting-persists Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Our colleague Gregory Warner was reporting in South Sudan recently and he described something ominous. As he put it, people are starting to ask who their neighbors are. It suggested that a violent political struggle in Africa's youngest country could erupt into a civil war fueled by tribal differences. Today, South Sudan's warring factions will meet for the first time in neighboring Ethiopia. This comes as fighting still rages. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41109 at http://nhpr.org Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer http://nhpr.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 40884 at http://nhpr.org Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan http://nhpr.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 40868 at http://nhpr.org U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya http://nhpr.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 22:58:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40416 at http://nhpr.org HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya Mandela's Home Town Prepares For Thousands Of Visitors http://nhpr.org/post/mandelas-home-town-prepares-thousands-visitors Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday in his childhood village of Qunu. It's in one of the least developed regions of South Africa, on the eastern cape. Thousands are expected to attend the funeral, which has caused some scrambling. The only paved roads in the village are small. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 40117 at http://nhpr.org For Burial, Mandela Will Return To His Beloved Boyhood Village http://nhpr.org/post/burial-mandela-will-return-his-beloved-boyhood-village Some African leaders have lavished resources on their home villages, building palaces and outsize monuments to themselves that look entirely out of place in the poor and remote spots they came from.<p>Nelson Mandela adamantly rejected such extravagance, and the world will see for itself when he's buried Sunday in Qunu, a simple village set amid the lush green hills in the southeastern corner of the country. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Gregory Warner & Greg Myre 40090 at http://nhpr.org For Burial, Mandela Will Return To His Beloved Boyhood Village