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From self-rule to civil war: Nigerias independence, 60 years on

Issued on: 01/10/2020 – 14:49 Nigeria became independent from Britain on October 1, 1960, and today has Africas largest economy. FRANCE 24s Nicolas Germain looks at how the fledgling independent state was soon mired in a devastating civil war in the eastern Biafra region that would claim nearly two million lives. Advertising Read more Africas most populous nation became independent from Britain on October 1, 1960, a little more than 100 years after colonisers first arrived. The spread of Western education by Christian missionaries was strongly resisted, especially by Muslim leaders in the north. Under colonialism, the south was more developed, and this division would have long-lasting consequences that continued past independence. Nigerias first nationalist movements appeared in the 1920s, and resistance to colonial rule grew over the next three decades. After independence, tensions that had been building between two ethnic groups – the northern Hausa and the eastern Igbo – le..

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UN agencies including UNICEF, WHO probe claims of sex abuse by DR Congo workers

Issued on: 01/10/2020 – 08:23 UNICEF on Wednesday became the third UN agency to launch an internal inquiry into sexual abuse of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), promising "serious consequences" for any culprits. Advertising Read more The children's fund said in a statement it was "appalled that people who identify as UNICEF workers have reportedly committed abuse against vulnerable women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." It was not immediately clear how many UNICEF employees had been accused. "There will be serious consequences for any staff who have been found to have sexually abused people," it added. Earlier Wednesday the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it too was investigating allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by one of its staff during the DRC's Ebola crisis, while the World Health Organization made a similar announcement Tuesday. Placing three of the UN's weightiest agencies in the spotlight, the sta..

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