Rice Farming Brought Prosperity to Northwestern Nigeria — Then the Bandits Came

Nigeria’s Rice Bandits

After Nigeria banned rice imports in 2015, thousands of farmers in the country’s impoverished northwest took out government loans to start cultivating it locally and made great gains. Yet poor law enforcement has allowed bandits to target these communities’ profits through extortion and kidnapping.

A Mixed Bag for Black Ukraine Refugees

African Refugees of Ukraine

New groups of African organizers began to sprout online to fill the void of useful, often life-saving information that governments, including embassies of many African countries, have failed to fill.