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About Anna
Anna Cunningham is an experienced news correspondent based in London, currently covering the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. 
Anna is experienced in breaking news for radio and TV, stand ups, editing packages and longer form reports. 
Anna has been a broadcast journalist for 20 years (10 years staff at the BBC and 10 years as a freelance foreign correspondent). She was previously based Lagos, Nigeria, Paris and India before returning to London. 
Anna also writes for print, digital, newspapers and magazines.
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Survivors of Boko Haram recount horror and hope in Yola refuge

05 Apr 2023  |  CBC
The article tells the harrowing stories of individuals in Yola, northeast Nigeria, who have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. Saraya, a 22-year-old polio survivor, recounts her abduction and rescue by the Nigerian Army. The Malkohi refugee camp is described as a sanctuary for those displaced, including women and children who were kidnapped and later rescued from Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa Forest. The camp, however, is under-resourced, lacking basic facilities. The Nigerian military has recently been successful in rescuing many captives, but the psychological scars remain, with counselling sessions being a crucial part of the healing process. The article also touches on the broader impact of Boko Haram's violence, which has displaced 1.5 million people within Nigeria and beyond. Despite small moments of joy, the survivors face a long journey towards recovery and a return to normal life.

The Complex Tapestry of British Identity in the Wake of Brexit

06 Apr 2020  |  CBC
The article discusses the complexities of British identity in the context of Brexit. Magid Magid, a British Green MEP, expresses pride in his multifaceted identity, including British and European elements. The divisive nature of the Brexit referendum has brought the question of British identity into sharp focus, with campaigners acknowledging its influence on the vote. In Pembrokeshire, Wales, proud Brits Carol and Rayner Peett feel disconnected from Europe, while in Leicester, the 'super diverse' Narborough Road reflects a more inclusive British identity. The article also touches on the split identity within Great Britain and the United Kingdom, with some Scots like Kathleen Stewart feeling more aligned with Scotland's open and liberal stance. James Small, an English farmer, emphasizes the need to move away from imperialistic nostalgia. Amidst the identity debate, individuals like Michaela Mrockova and Bogna Klosinka are becoming British citizens, seeking security and societal acceptance in a turbulent political climate.

Presidential elections Nigeria, france 24

Fighting Boko Haram, delaying presidential elections - France24

Elle magazine - reporting on Nigeria's missing girls.

When 276 Nigerian girls went to school two years ago, 219 of them never came home.

14 Apr 2016  |  CBC
The article discusses the plight of the Chibok girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram two years ago, with 219 still missing. Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian government to intensify efforts to end the parents' suffering. The article describes the dilapidated state of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and mentions a recent 'proof of life' video showing 15 of the kidnapped girls. Questions remain about the Nigerian government's efforts and strategies to rescue the girls, with negotiation and military action both presenting challenges. The previous government's inadequate response to the crisis is criticized, and despite a change in leadership and some military successes, the Chibok girls remain missing. The article also touches on the broader issue of Boko Haram's kidnappings and the international community's limited ability to assist due to the Nigerian military's human rights record.

Nigerian Military Rescues Boko Haram Captives

01 May 2015  |  NPR
The Nigerian army conducted a significant military operation in the Sambisa Forest, rescuing nearly 500 women and girls from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. However, the Chibok schoolgirls, kidnapped a year ago, were not among those rescued. The operation's timing and effectiveness were discussed in the context of Nigeria's presidential politics, with the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan criticized for his handling of Boko Haram and President-elect Muhammadu Buhari promising a firm approach upon taking office. The report suggests a surge in Nigerian military efforts against Boko Haram, with the Sambisa Forest being a strategic focus due to its challenging terrain and the concentration of militants there.

Chibok Girls Find New Life, But Can't Forget Old One

14 Apr 2015  |  CBC
The article features the story of three young women, Deborah, Blessing, and Mary, who escaped from Boko Haram after being kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. They are now continuing their education at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, thanks to scholarships. Despite their traumatic experiences, they express a desire to forgive their captors and focus on their ambitions, with Deborah aspiring to become a doctor. The university has implemented stringent security measures, including a private security force and intelligence network, to protect against the ongoing threat of Boko Haram. The girls hope for a future where Chibok is secure and the community can live a better life.

Boko Haram violence: Can Nigeria and regional forces defeat the jihadist group?

16 Feb 2015  |  www.france24.com
Boko Haram continues to perpetrate violence in Nigeria and neighboring countries, with recent attacks in Niger killing three people and Chad also facing regular assaults. The safety of villages near Nigeria's northern border is uncertain, raising questions about the effectiveness of regional forces in combating the jihadist group.

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