Stories: Nigeria

  • Polio Comeback: A Sad Lesson From Nigeria

    Saidiku Ali is as buff and sculptured as any athlete. His neck is large and corded with tendons. His shoulders gleam in the harsh morning light as the 25-year-old's muscled arms flex and churn like an oiled machine. But the picture is incomplete. Those beautiful arms end in dirty calloused hands, which are stuffed into cheap plastic sandals. Ali'...

  • Into the Heart of the Niger Delta

    1. A year ago, I made a reporting trip to Nigeria. I went there because Nigeria has oil. And nearly all of it is in the Niger Delta, a swampy area along the country’s southern coast. Militant groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF)...