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Nigerians Losing Their Homes, Churches, Schools And Worst Of All, Their Hope

Nigerians Losing Their Homes, Churches, Schools And Worst Of All, Their Hope

U.S. State Department map Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Following the insurgency that rocked Nigeria in 2014, I thought we would flip across another new page this year without experiencing more bloodletting. But I was wrong, as the recent terrorist attack in Baga, Borno state in northeastern Nigeria showed. The assault by Boko Haram, which cut a swath through Baga, has been called the deadliest in its history. According to estimates by Amnesty International, the terrorist … Read entire article »

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‘The Woman In Black 2,’ Only Barely Scary

‘The Woman In Black 2,’ Only Barely Scary

By Sara O’Hagan Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International DERRY, Northern Ireland – Just like the first, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death provides more of a creepy and eerie atmosphere than that of a ghastly horror film. Director Tom Harper portrays the scenes as dark and grueling, but it seemed short on scares. It’s set during WWII, 40 years after Arthur Kips … Read entire article »

Editorial Cartoon: Je Suis Confused

Editorial Cartoon: Je Suis Confused

Alan Burkholder / youthjournalism.org *** Your tax-deductible contribution can help support this nonprofit at www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

Teen Writers, Photographers, Artists Invited To Compete In Journalism Competition

Teen Writers, Photographers, Artists Invited To Compete In Journalism Competition

youthjournalism.org Trophies from Youth Journalism International’s first Excellence in Journalism contest, held in 2010. WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Young writers, photographers and artists are encouraged to enter their work in Youth Journalism International’s sixth annual Excellence in Journalism contest. The competition, open to teens worldwide, offers prizes in dozens of categories – everything from newswriting to cartoons. Special categories include Student Journalist … Read entire article »

Nigerians Are Fed Up With Boko Haram

Nigerians Are Fed Up With Boko Haram

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu State, Nigeria – In 2002, when Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf set up a religious complex, including a mosque and an Islamic school in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, Nigerians barely had reasons to fret. But few years later, everything changed. People became much more concerned because abductions, bombings, assassinations and wanton destruction have … Read entire article »

Congested Roads Mean Return To Normalcy In Pakistan After Terror Attack On School

Congested Roads Mean Return To Normalcy In Pakistan After Terror Attack On School

Arooj Khalid / youthjournalism.org A bird’s eye view of congested Jail Road in Lahore, Pakistan, from the overhead pedestrian bridge near Kinnaird College for Women.  By Arooj Khalid Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International LAHORE, Pakistan – Today all the colleges, schools and universities finally opened after the temporary closure following the Taliban’s Dec. 16 terrorist attack on the school in Peshawar. That meant a lot of … Read entire article »

Don’t Bother Going Into The Woods, Unless You’re Bringing A Little Kid With You

Don’t Bother Going Into The Woods, Unless You’re Bringing A Little Kid With You

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri, U.S.A. – When I first heard about Into the Woods, I had high hopes. I had listened to the original Broadway cast soundtrack a couple months before I saw it and was quite excited for a movie adaptation of the 1985 musical. With good reviews, a MetaScore of 70 and a 72 percent on Rotten … Read entire article »

Free Speech: Standing With Charlie Hebdo

Free Speech: Standing With Charlie Hebdo

From the website of the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. By Robert Mooney Reporter Youth Journalism International RICHMOND, North Yorkshire, UK – As about 40 world leaders march along with hundreds of thousands of people in Paris today to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo assault, it is not clear what can be done to prevent future attacks. As France and the rest of the world … Read entire article »

Offensive Speech Like That At Charlie Hebdo Needs Protection Most Of All

Offensive Speech Like That At Charlie Hebdo Needs Protection Most Of All

By Kyle Schaff Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – As the world reflects on the Charlie Hebdo massacre – now that three suspects are dead and another additional five innocents murdered – people will undoubtedly place part of the blame on the satirical newspaper for its provocative satire. They’ll point out that Charlie Hebdo has received death threats for years … Read entire article »

State Court Rules 17-Year-Old Has No Right To Reject Chemo

State Court Rules 17-Year-Old Has No Right To Reject Chemo

Kiernan Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org The view of the state Supreme Court courtroom where justices heard the case concerning a 17-year-old Connecticut girl with cancer who sought the right to refuse lifesaving treatment. By Kiernan Majerus-Collins Correspondent Youth Journalism International HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – A 17-year-old Connecticut girl will continue to receive lifesaving chemotherapy against her wishes, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The Windsor Locks … Read entire article »

Bittersweet ‘Night At The Museum’

Bittersweet ‘Night At The Museum’

Official photo from Night at the Museum Facebook page. By Tasman Anderson Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International BRISBANE, Australia – Watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was like a dagger to my heart – metaphorically, of course. It wasn’t that it was a bad film or anything like that. No, it was that the film showcased the last performances – at least … Read entire article »

Rare Snowstorm Blankets Syria

Rare Snowstorm Blankets Syria

Leen Othman / youthjournalism.org Damascus, Syria, in the snow on Thursday morning.   By Leen Othman Reporter Youth Journalism International DAMASCUS, Syria – It is not very often that the Middle East wears a white robe, but a recent storm that has now been blowing for two days made sure snow won’t be missed much. The storm, named “Zeina,” started on Tuesday morning causing sea levels to … Read entire article »

In Islam, Going To School Is An Act Of Jihad. The Taliban’s Terrorism Is Not.

In Islam, Going To School Is An Act Of Jihad. The Taliban’s Terrorism Is Not.

By Arooj Khalid Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International LAHORE, Pakistan – The terrorist attack on Peshawar on December 16 was one of the most ruthless and cruel acts of the Taliban I have ever known. The attack itself was enough to shake the length and breadth of Pakistan, but its aftermath had yet to follow. Soon after the attack on the Peshawar school, … Read entire article »

Krakow: Schindler’s Factory And Much More

Krakow: Schindler’s Factory And Much More

Myah Guild / youthjournalism.org A side street in Old Town, Krakow. By Myah Guild Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International Krakow “Beautiful, historic and a good day and night out” 5 stars KRAKOW, Poland – Before we got to Krakow, my friends and I had to establish how to pronounce the name of the place properly. Finding out was easier than we thought, but still left us unsure. We sat … Read entire article »

Photo Essay: Nepali Village Life

Photo Essay: Nepali Village Life

Nirajan Kathayat / youthjournalism.org The village of Dolpa in the far western region of Nepal is in the Himalayas. It is beautiful but isolated and not very developed. Homes are made of clay and stones.    In Dolpa, the fields are used for working, playing and dancing. Many people in the village share the same last name. Sometimes, people are related, but other times, … Read entire article »