HumAngle: Week In Review

Every day, HumAngle’s journalists and researchers gather, sort through, and file stories on issues important to society. We bring you stories about development, conflict, and humanitarian trends across Africa in hopes that we can improve understanding of the most pressing problems and improve people’s quality of life.

In this roundup, Umar Aminu Yandaki shares some of the most important pieces of reporting we published in the second week of November — in case you missed them.


Kano’s Problematic Welfare System For Minors Caught In The Web Of Divorce

Apart from the millions of children scavenging for alms on the streets of Northern Nigeria in the name of almajirci (migration for Islamic education), there is another growing population of children who have been neglected by society. This report sets its spotlight on the ordeals of children in Northern Nigeria caught up in the melee between their divorced parents. 

Cutting through the discourse with the story of Mubarak — a boy who got his brain permanently disrupted by meningitis due to the negligence of his split parents — the report demonstrates the plight of neglected children in the bustling city of Kano. 


Lost Homes And Herds: The Anguish Of Nigeria’s Arab Community

A herd of cattle was out in the field one afternoon when Boko Haram insurgents stormed the area and fired gunshots. Suddenly, the herders looking after the animals found themselves running for their lives while the insurgents went away with an estimated 300 cattle. The incident is one of many involving the rustling of livestock belonging to displaced  Shuwa Arabs living in Mashi Mari, a community in the Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of central Borno.

Gender- Climate Solutions Are Not A Women-Only Issue, Report Says

In a world where climate change is fundamentally altering the way food is grown and how rural people make their livelihoods, women are prevented by traditional gender roles from adapting, and this will have serious consequences for everyone. That is the starting point of a new analysis of the impact of gender issues on food systems around the world, produced in time for the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.

Aid Vehicles Destroyed By Islamic State In Northeast Nigeria

The Nigerian Military interrupted a midnight attempt by fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) to steal vehicles from a humanitarian transport hub in Borno. The theft was unsuccessful but during the attack at least 19 vehicles used to transport aid were burned.

HumAngle Journalist Wins Africa Fact-checking Award

HumAngle’s investigations editor, Kunle Adebajo, has been named the best Fact-checker as a working journalist by Africa Check, the first independent non-profit fact-checking organisation in the continent. Adebajo, who also serves as the head of the fact-checking desk at HumAngle, was named the winner of the prestigious award at a ceremony following a two-day Africa Facts Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Podcast: The Escape

Inuwa Jummai, a humanitarian worker, shared an incredible story of survival after she was abducted and kept in captivity for 18 months by a brutal terrorist organisation in the Lake Chad basin. In an exclusive interview with HumAngle, Jummai said it started when terrorists flagged the commercial vehicle she was on alongside other commuters on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway. That was the beginning of a journey to captivity that would last for 545 days.

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