Ofeibea Quist-Arcton http://wmot.org en U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates http://wmot.org/post/us-customs-seize-giant-african-snails-bound-dinner-plates Oh no! Snails are getting a bad name in the U.S.<p>I'm not talking about the delicate garlic-and-butter <em>escargots</em> that the French favor and savor.<p>It's giant African land snails, also known as <em>Archachatina marginata,</em> banana rasp snails or a number of other names they go by.<p>I hadn't realized the snails could be such a pest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 41124 at http://wmot.org U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria http://wmot.org/post/extremist-group-claims-credit-mass-kidnapping-nigeria Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed credit for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls. The girls remain missing, and parents are pressing the government to find and bring them home. The president's wife has ordered the arrest of the parent who is leading the protests demanding government action. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 38181 at http://wmot.org With Few Answers On Missing Teens, Frustration Simmers In Nigeria http://wmot.org/post/few-answers-missing-teens-frustration-simmers-nigeria Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, a large number of schoolgirls, possibly a couple hundred, are still missing after they were abducted by suspected Islamist insurgents more than two weeks ago. It was thought that the teens had been trucked to a notorious militant hideout in northeastern Nigeria. Latest reports say they may have been spirited across Nigeria's borders to neighboring countries. The dearth of information from authorities is causing outrage and is putting pressure on the Nigerian government.<p>NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins us now. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 38021 at http://wmot.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians http://wmot.org/post/have-mercy-our-little-ones-kidnapping-agonizes-nigerians There is a grim mood of outrage in Nigeria. In the faraway, northeastern town of Chibok, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school dorms in the dead of night nearly two weeks ago.<p>Chibok is a mixed Christian and Muslim community in predominately Muslim northern Nigeria. The attackers are suspected Islamist extremists. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37845 at http://wmot.org 'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wmot.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 37389 at http://wmot.org