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PRI’s “The World:" Interview With Eliza Griswold
Over a slideshow of photos by Seamus Murphy, Lisa Mullins talks with The Atlantic magazine's Eliza Griswold about reporting in Nigeria's middle belt, and the history of religious tensions in the region.

The Photographer
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Murphy has photographed in many countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Uganda. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, and produced a body of work on the West Bank city of Nablus from his experiences working on a feature film "Paradise Now," shot during the second Intifada. He has concentrated heavily on Afghanistan, a country he has returned to consistently since his first visit there in1994. His book "A Darkness Visible," released in March 2008, will see the publication of that work. Murphy is the recipient of many international honors including six World Press Awards, and a World Understanding Award for his portfolio on Afghanistan.

Nigeria: The Road North
In this FRONTLINE/World story from 2003, reporter/producer Alexis Bloom and co-producer Cassandra Herrman land in Nigeria just as the Miss World contest gets under way. A riot breaks out, hundreds die and the beauty contestants flee. In the midst of all this, what will happen to Amina Lawal, a woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery under Sharia law?

Nigeria: The Corruption of Oil
FRONTLINE/World reporter Darren Foster traveled to the troubled Niger Delta in the spring of 2007. In this vivid dispatch, Foster reports on his encounter with the militant group MEND, which heavily patrols the oil rich region while fighting for control of its vast oil deposits. Foster reports that Nigeria’s leaders have stolen or wasted more than $380 billion generated from oil since independence.

BBC News Online: Nigerian Oil Fuels Delta Conflict
This BBC report describes how oil from Nigeria's Delta region has made the country one of the world's biggest oil exporters.

Human Rights Watch Report
This report documents some of the larger human rights issues stemming from poor governance in Nigeria. The lack of governmental oversight has created a violent and lawless culture, where corrupt officials thrive.

BBC News Online: Kaduna – Nigeria's Religious Flashpoint
BBC correspondent Dan Isaacs reports from Kaduna, a predominantly Muslim city, where both Christian and Muslim communities have been victims of religious unrest and the failure of the government to intercede.   

U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Deadly Sectarian Riot Over Alleged Blasphemy
This UN report highlights religious tensions in Nigeria, after a woman is accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed and rioting and looting ensue in the north-central state of Bauchi. 

Human Rights Watch 2007 World Report: Overview of Nigeria
HRW reports that since 1999, 10,000 Nigerians have been killed in intercommunal violence – partly, the report states, because of unscrupulous political leaders vying for political gain. The report also outlines a growing number of human rights abuses under Sharia law. In 1999, Nigeria’s military handed over political power to a civilian government. HRW reports that since then, “Nigeria’s civilian leaders at all levels have not only proven entirely unaccountable to ordinary Nigerians, but have also routinely abused their basic human rights.”