Meet the Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirits in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Broadly teams up with Academy Award-winning director, Lucy Walker in search of healing in Haiti. We travel to the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti to join Priestess Manbo Katy as she summons the spirits to help heal her community. (Vice)
Nigeria's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation
Nigeria’s outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan this week signed off on a bill that outlaws female genital mutilation, also known as female genital cutting, a widespread practice in Africa’s most populous country.
Recreating 'Roots' For a Modern Audience: VICE Talks Film
VICE's Jaimie Sanchez interviews Mario Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, and Mark Wolper about the remake of Roots for this episode of VICE Talks Film. In this personal interview VICE Talks Film covers the legacy of Roots from 1977, what changes were made in this remake, and how the themes in Roots relates to today's political landscape. (VICE)
Ugandan Parliament Set To Re-introduce Anti-gay Law
Uganda's parliament will try to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality law that was thrown out by a court, a lawmaker leading the effort said on Wednesday, a move that could once again damage relations with the West. Last week, the east African country's constitutional court nullified the law, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, on a technicality, saying it had been passed by parliament without quorum.
Liberia Fights Ebola In Capital, West Africa Toll Tops 1,200
Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.
There's been no trace of the 200 kidnapped schoolgirls who were kidnapped by militants seven months ago, despite Nigeria's assurances a rescue operation was underway. Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau has released a new video mocking any attempts to find them.
In their second anti-terrorist operation in the last few days Kenyan police and troops have swooped on several mosques in Mombasa. Three mosques were raided, during which weapons, explosives and other items were discovered. One hundred and nine arrests were made of what the authorities are calling "terrorist cells" possibly linked with Somalia's al-Shabaab militant Islamists.
Nigeria's Ruling Party Picks Goodluck Jonathan as Presidential Candidate
Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party nominated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan as their candidate for the February 2015 presidential elections in the early hours on Thursday, local live TV showed. The PDP presidential primaries, held in the capital Abuja, were no contest as the party's board had already approved Jonathan as the sole candidate.
Cameroon Appeals for International Military Aid to Fight Boko Haram
Cameroon's President Paul Biya has appealed for international military help to fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which this week threatened to step up its cross-border raids into the country from Nigeria. Biya said, the Nigerian group is part of a "global" movement that has attacked Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia in its drive to establish its authority from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
Haiti 5 years later: What have we learned? Monday marked the five-year-anniversary of the earthquake hit Haiti. An estimated 230,000 people died. More than one million were displaced. Rev. Sharpton talks about how billions of dollars in aid have helped the rebuilding process.