The United States is committed to promoting a prosperous Africa

The United States is working with leaders across Africa to promote economic prosperity,  climate action  and democracy, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his first virtual trip to the continent April 27. Young African Leaders Initiative The first stop in Blinken’s virtual trip was a roundtable discussion with alumni leaders from the  Young African Leaders Initiative  (YALI), the United States’ …

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American Muslims can depend on halal food

As Ramadan approaches, observant Muslims throughout the United States can easily find halal food to serve at their iftar meals as well as the rest of the year. Islamic dietary restrictions forbid consumption of certain foods and regulate how animals may be slaughtered and foods made to ensure purity. (The Arabic word halal means permitted …

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How vaccines work

As people worldwide await approval of one or multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., it’s important to understand how vaccines work. Several vaccine candidates against the novel coronavirus have shown promise in animal studies. Now, clinical trials are underway to find out if these same  vaccines are safe  and effective in humans. Vaccines 101 “Vaccines work by training …

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MCA at Three: Building Roads, Improving Irrigation, and Strengthening Agriculture in Niger

The Millennium Challenge Account Niger (MCA-Niger) is celebrating three years of work towards building roads, improving irrigation, and strengthening agriculture in Niger as part of a grant agreement, called a Compact, with the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Over the course of the past three years, MCA-Niger has worked to improve economic activity in …

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Congratulations to Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum

Press Statement Ned, Price, Department Spokesperson April 2, 2021 The United States congratulates Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum on his inauguration marking an historic transfer of power from one democratically elected president to the next.  This is a significant milestone for Niger’s democracy.  We congratulate the Nigerien people on this achievement. We value the strong relationship between the United States and Niger and look forward to working with President Bazoum’s administration to expand bilateral relations on development, humanitarian assistance, security, and trade. We remain …

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Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or …

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Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

By ShareAmerica  – Mar 30, 2021 When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a …

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

(State Dept./D. Thompson) Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has a new role as the representative of the United States to the  United Nations , America’s highest-profile diplomatic position after secretary of state. Thomas-Greenfield is the 31st person to lead the U.S. Mission to the United Nations since the mission’s creation in 1947 by an act of Congress. She brings …

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USAID Donates Laboratory Equipment to Fight Avian Influenza in Niger

On March 18, 2021, USAID, through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), officially donated laboratory equipment consisting of items such as diagnostic kits, protective gear, disinfectants, and spraying devices to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to help in the fight against avian influenza. The equipment, valued at 25 million CFA …

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Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

By Noelani Kirschner  – Mar 11, 2021 From fiddle and blues music to Native American beadwork and canoe building, a March 4 celebration by the  2020 National Heritage Fellows  showcased many forms of American folk and traditional arts. Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Ann Eilers praised the fellows’ art for illustrating that “there are many versions of …

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World Wildlife Day

 PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE  MARCH 3, 2021 Share   On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally …

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A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation. Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  Courageous women …

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American and Nigerien Military Medical Personnel Provide Care to More Than 350 People in Mangaize

On February 08 2021, Niger’s Actions Civilo-Militaire (ACM) led a medical outreach event in Mangaize, Niger in coordination with the U.S. Civil-Military Support Element (CMSE). Medical professionals from the Ouallam Hospital, OP ALMAHAOU, and United States Special Operations Forces worked together to provide medical exams and treatment for more than 350 Nigeriens who were displaced …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: American Corner Niamey

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Embassy Niamey Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: American Corner Niamey Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-Niamey-FY21-Corner Deadline for Applications: April 6, 2021 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040             Total Amount Available: Up to $70,000, pending availability of funds.   A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Niamey of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a …

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U.S. and Nigerien Military Partner to Provide and Distribute Humanitarian Aid in Mangaize

On 29 January 2021, United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF)’s Civil Military Support Element—Niger supported and enabled Actions Civilo-Militaire (ACM) partners to distribute Humanitarian Assistance for displaced persons following terrorist attacks on Tchombangou and Zaroumadareye.  The attacks caused more than 1,500 families to leave their homes and relocate in Mangaize for security and support. Governmental …

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Fact Sheet: President Biden to Take Action on Global Health through Support of COVAX and Calling for Health Security Financing

As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, and with new variants emerging, the facts are clear that it is critical that we vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Tomorrow at the G7, the President will announce that he is taking concrete steps to improve the health and the safety …

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Why Freedom of the Press is Important [video]

  Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government . Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Watch this video to learn more about how …

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Black Artists have Always Been an Essential Part of American Culture

By Noelani Kirschner  – Feb 11, 2021 Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet  Amanda Gorman  are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For  Black History Month , we look at past and present defining figures …

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Graduation Of The Niger-Us Genie Training Program

On February 5, 2021, the Nigerien Armed Forces’ Engineering branch – Génie – hosted a ceremony recognizing the most recent graduates of its Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) training program. The Class of 11 consisted of non-commissioned and commissioned officers selected to attend the advanced training program.  The graduation of this class brings the total number …

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USAID Emergency Disaster Assistance Helps More than 8,500 Flood Victims in Maradi

In response to Niger’s historic flooding in August and September 2020, U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker declared a disaster on September 11, in response to humanitarian needs resulting from flooding in Niger.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance swiftly provided $600,000 in initial relief assistance, targeting 1,250 …

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Meet America’s new Secretary of State: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman  – Jan 26, 2021 For Antony Blinken, America’s new top diplomat, returning to the U.S. Department of State brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. Blinken, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed as Secretary of State January 26, will lead the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America …

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Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman  – Jan 19, 2021 For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. …

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Biden’s Inauguration to Blend the Old with the New

Every four years, the American president is sworn in January 20 in Washington before big crowds. Presidents typically throw in concerts, parades and balls to create several days’ worth of festivities around their inaugurations. But as Joseph R. Biden Jr. becomes the 46th president of the United States on January 20, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds will be …

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Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president?

By  ShareAmerica  – Jan 14, 2021 While many democracies swap in new leaders in a sprint, the U.S. ambles along with a transition period of 11 weeks. But slow as that might seem, it’s shorter than the four months the Constitution originally left for the handoff of power from an incumbent to a new president. Picking …

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Secretary of the Air Force Joins Amb. Whitaker at C-130 Ceremony, Advances Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

On Monday January 4, the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, travelled to Niger to join Ambassador Whitaker for meetings with U.S. and Nigerien senior defense leaders and attend the Nigerien C-130 arrival ceremony.  During her visit, Secretary Barrett also attended a Women, Peace, and Security luncheon that brought together Nigerien military and …

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U.S. Embassy Niamey Congratulates Nigeriens for Peaceful Presidential and Legislative Elections

For immediate release December 28, 2020 The U.S. Embassy congratulates the people of Niger who exercised their democratic right to vote in their presidential and legislative elections on December 27. The U.S. Embassy election monitors noted calm, peaceful, and orderly conditions at polling stations.  We also observed an improvement in the number of polling stations …

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U.S. Embassy Niamey Donates Computers, Books to Tahoua University and the “American Shelf” in Tahoua

On Monday December 7, U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker travelled to Tahoua where he made two donations on behalf of the American people to help further education and computer literacy to the people of Tahoua. The donations included two boxes of computer books in French and English for the University of Tahoua as well as …

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Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

By Mark Trainer  – Dec 1, 2020 The Americans with Disabilities Act protects 56.3 million Americans from discrimination in all areas of life, including work, school and transportation. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the law guarantees  Americans with disabilities  unrestricted access to public buildings, equal opportunity in employment and equal access to government services. The comprehensive legislation was …

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Statement From the President On Last Night’s Hostage Rescue

Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery. No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage …

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Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Pentagon Spokesman, on Hostage Rescue Operation in Northern Nigeria

Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs: “U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of …

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The spirited history of presidential debates

By  ShareAmerica -Sep 14, 2020 American debates have changed much since the days when an Illinois lawyer held the nation spellbound with his moral arguments against slavery. That was 1858, and the arguments of Abraham Lincoln, who was debating Stephen Douglas, didn’t lead to Lincoln’s winning the Senate seat he sought. Nevertheless, transcripts were distributed throughout …

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U.S. Government Donates Medical Equipment and Supplies to 74 Public Health Centers

Today, on behalf of the U.S. government, Ambassador Eric Whitaker donated medical equipment and supplies to the Nigerien Ministry of Health for the benefit of the 74 public health centers in health districts in Niamey and in Zinder.  With a value of more than 31 million FCFA (about $57,000), this donation includes clinical materials and …

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Flooding Response: U.S. Embassy Donates $35,000 of Humanitarian Assistance Items to Nigerien Armed Forces Families

Today at Camp Garba Hassane in Niamey, the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation and Civil Military Support Element, the U.S. Department of Defense donated $35,000 in humanitarian assistance materials to the families of Nigerien Armed Forces affected by flooding.  The donation included 50 hand washing stations, 2000 bars of soap, 2000 bottles of hand sanitizer, …

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Special Envoy Pham Visits Niger

Ambassador Whitaker hosted Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. Peter Pham in Niger September 12-16, 2020.   Dr. Pham’s meetings focused on ways the United States can work with partners to prevent and address allegations of human rights violations in the Sahel, strengthen civic space, and discuss preparations for upcoming elections. Nigerien President Issoufou received …

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Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham Travel to Mauritania, France, and Niger

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham will travel to Mauritania September 6-9, France September 10-12, and Niger September 12-16. During his travels, Special Envoy Pham will coordinate with and demonstrate U.S. support for African-led initiatives to fight extremism and enhance security and governance in the region, …

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Ambassador Eric Whitaker Traveled to Tahoua

On 6 February, Ambassador Eric Whitaker traveled to Tahoua where he donated 20 computers and 10 uninterruptible power supplies to the University of Tahoua to increase computer literacy and enhance the educational experience of the student body.  He also attended the launch of a “Pay It Forward” grant to pair university students with girls to …

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Ambassador Turns Over Military Hangar

On January 22, U.S. Ambassador Eric Whitaker handed over a USD 7 million hangar to accommodate C-130 aircraft to the Armed Forces of Niger on Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez. In his remarks, the Ambassador noted the strength of the U.S.-Nigerien relationship in fighting terrorism and other illegal activity such as arms, narcotics, and …

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Arts Exhibition Engages Nigerien Audiences

The U.S. Embassy opened the “Collaboration Celebration” exhibition on January 30 at the American Cultural Center (ACC).  The exhibition features the works of Nigerien artists Alichina Allakaye and Ali Garba, as well as American artist Kathleen Stafford, and will be open through Saturday, February 8.  It is free and open to the public.  Please bring …

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We Must Work Together to End Gender-based Violence

By Eric Whitaker, U.S. Ambassador to Niger The U.S. Embassy stands with the international community to end violence against women in all its forms during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women celebrated on November 25.  The U.S. Embassy will also observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, culminating …

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Mapping Niger: Data Collectors Map Routes to get Malaria Medicines to rural Health Facilities

Rural health facilities in Niger struggle to maintain enough health commodities to meet the needs of their patients. Health workers at these facilities will often resort to any method they can find to get commodities, whether it’s by taking public transport or using their personal vehicles, pulling them away from their primary responsibility of providing …

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Cure Salée 2019

The U. S. Embassy congratulates the State Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, the Minister of Tourism, and the Governor of Agadez on a successful and vibrant Cure Salée. During its trip to Cure Salée, the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team at Nigerien Air Base 201 donated soccer balls to a youth …

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230th Anniversary of the Department of State

Today is the U.S. Department of State’s 230th anniversary!  To mark this special occasion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is hosting a day-long celebration at the Harry S. Truman Building in downtown, Washington, DC.  Under the theme of “One Team, One Mission, One Future,” the commemoration will feature a live discussion between the Dean of …

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On World Refugee Day We Recognize Our Nigerien Partners for Assisting Those Who Flee with Little More than Hope

By Carol Thompson O’Connell, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State The United States applauds Niger’s generosity as a host to over 174,000 refugees, the majority from neighboring Mali and Nigeria, in addition to accommodating vulnerable migrants and asylum-seekers from other countries.  Niger exhibits this …

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Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019

Issued on: January 31, 2019 In the year 1619, a Dutch trading ship sailed into the Chesapeake Bay and dropped anchor at Point Comfort, Virginia.  The vessel’s arrival marked the beginning of the unscrupulous slave trade in the American colonies.  It was from this immoral origin—and through inhuman conditions, discrimination, and prolonged hardship—that emerged the vibrant …

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President Donald J. Trump to Withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

” Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement. We’re going to pull out.” President Donald J. Trump RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY TO ARMS CONTROL: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to hold Russia accountable for its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Violations must have consequences. …

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POMPEO REMARKS PRESS BRIEFING

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC February 1, 2019   SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. At the core of President Trump’s foreign policy are a few very, very simple truths. The security of the American people must be our greatest consideration, the agreements into which we enter must serve American …

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Flintlock 2019 Announced

By U.S. AFRICA COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, United States Africa CommandStuttgart, GermanyJan 28, 2019 More than 2,000 service members from more than 30 African and western partner nations will participate in Flintlock 2019 at multiple locations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania from February 18 – March 1, 2019. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated military and …

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OPINION EDITORIAL by Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Reflecting on the Past Year, Let’s Say, “Le Niger Se Lève!”

One year ago, I touched down at Diori Hamani International Airport, enthusiastic to begin my service as U.S. Ambassador to Niger.  It’s been a remarkable year, as I have been continually impressed by the many Nigeriens who are eager to partner with the United States.  One question that I’m often asked during our work together …

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Nigerien Prime Minister Brigi Rafini Signs Condolence Book for President George H.W. Bush

On Friday, December 7, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini of Niger signed the condolence book for President George H.W. Bush.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by a large delegation from his cabinet as well as Deputy Foreign Minister Lamido Housseini Salamatou Bala Goga.  The signing occurred following a brief statement by Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker acknowledging …

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U.S. Embassy Niamey Funds Journalists’ Workshop in Zinder

A four-day workshop funded through the PD Innovation Fund with the intention of building the capacity of the younger generation of Nigerien journalists opened on Sunday in Zinder, a city located 900 km east of Niamey. The project was jointly implemented by the Association of Professional African Women Communicators – Niger (APAC-Niger)- and the State Institute …

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Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Helps Launch “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” Malaria Campaign

On October 18, 2018, at the Congressional Palace, Ambassador Whitaker spoke at the launch of the campaign “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” (“Zero Malaria! It Starts with Me!”) to eradicate malaria across Africa by 2030. The campaign is supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, which each year donates $18M dollars to Niger for malaria prevention and treatment. Fifty-five …

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A Ramadan Message from U.S. Embassy Niger

Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, not just here in Niger,  but around the world. Here is a photo of the mosque near my home in Fair fax, Virginia, where an estimated 50,000 Muslims live, work and raise their families. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, we extend our best wishes to our …

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Students Gather for Model U.N. Addressing Press Freedom

During the four days leading up to International Press Freedom Day (May 3), 43 outstanding Nigerien high school students participated in a Model U.N. focusing on journalists’ rights and press freedom. From the minds of Niger’s future leaders came outstanding advocacy for a free and independent press. One team wrote a passionate plea for their …

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Niger Hosts 2018 Flintlock Exercise

Approximately 1,900 service members and law enforcement officers from 20 African and western partner nations participated in Flintlock 2018 at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal from April 9-20, 2018. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated  military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa …

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Five Senators Come to Niger

From 3-4 April, U.S. Embassy Niger welcomed a group of bipartisan legislators who serve on the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations, Finance and other key strategic committees. Senators Coons, Booker, Bennet, Peters and Flake met with a range of visitors, including President Issoufou, to emphasize the importance of our broad bilateral relationship and to hear directly …

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My Voice/My Way Workshop Helps Celebrate Black History Month and Self-Expression

Toni Morrison. Langston Hughes. The incomparable Maya Angelou.  In February, U.S. Embassy Niger celebrated all of these famous African-American writers with a writers workshop to help inspire young authors.  This small workshop included 15 selected participants who developed short reflections on their art and their methods of self-expression.  Leading the workshop was  acclaimed writer and …

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Filmmakers Shine at Short Film Festival

Hollywood came to Niger on February 7, when the Embassy-sponsored Short Film Festival featured the work of six young filmmakers.  Several of the films were developed during an Embassy workshop held in association with American Film Showcase in September 2017. Others were created with Embassy-sponsored grants. All films focused on countering violent extremism and equality …

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Eric P. Whitaker Presents Credentials as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Niger

Eric P. Whitaker Presents Credentials as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Niger   (Niamey, Niger, January 26, 2018) United States Ambassador to Niger Eric Whitaker presented his credentials to President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou on January 26, 2018. Ambassador Whitaker is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with 27 years …

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WhatsApp Groups Flourish

What’s up with WhatsApp? It’s one of the most popular social media networks in Niger. WhatsApp helps the people of Niger form networks and stay in touch using cellphone technology. Taking advantage of the popularity of WhatsApp and helping to form meaningful networks for Nigeriens, U.S. Embassy Niger formed two very active groups: a WhatsApp …

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Young Bloggers Complete Training Program

In January 2017, U.S. Embassy Niger sought to help give young women a voice by starting the Girl Blogger Program. Since then, 40 bloggers have been assisted in getting their voices heard in the blogosphere. This project is aligned with many other Embassy activities to help advance women and girls, including a nation-wide teen soccer …

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Farewell and Thank You to Ambassador Reddick

The U.S. Embassy and her colleagues throughout Niger bid farewell to Ambassador Eunice Reddick, who served in Niger for three years.  Ambassador Reddick was honored with the Commander of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Niger at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 20. Surrounded by government officials, fellow ambassadors and embassy …

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All-Star Girls Soccer Team Returns to Niger After Successful Visit to the U.S.

Eight young female soccer players were brimming with excitement as they returned to Niamey in October after participating in Sports United’s Visitor Program in the United States. These are our All-Star team, having been selected from young players across the country. This exciting sports program is a partnership between U.S. Embassy Niger, FENIFOOT and Niger’s …

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U.S. Embassy Niger Participates in Cure Salee

U.S. Embassy Niger traveled way beyond Niamey to the Sahara Desert cities of Agadez and  Ingall for Cure Salee, an annual celebration of the Tuaregs and other nomadic people of Northern Niger. The delegation ventured there to build relationships, inform people of the U.S. sponsored programs, and better understand the culture and needs of the …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green Delivers Remarks at a Roll Back Malaria Event

For Immediate Release Thursday, September 21, 2017 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAID USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN DELIVERS REMARKS AT A ROLL BACK MALARIA EVENT “THE ROLE OF COUNTRY LEADERSHIP IN ACCELERATING MALARIA ELIMINATION” United Nations Headquarters New York City, New York ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good evening ladies and gentlemen. As my …

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Niger’s Young Robot Team Competes in Washington DC

Niger’s young robot team represented their country at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competition in Washington, DC.  Two girls and one boy from local high schools  entered the world-wide competition with their invention they named Rakumi (Camel in Hausa). At the competition, the team from Niger was paired with Mali …

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Training and Donations Boost Niger’s Security

The U.S. Embassy is continuing its partnership with Niger by helping build capacity for protecting the nation’s security. Initiatives span many regions and types of assistance, including providing training and equipment to police and military. This May, equipment worth more than $500,000 was donated to the Nigerien police, national guard, and gendarmes with the intent of …

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2016 SGI Program Annual Review

Security Governance Initiative   The SGI Niger Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP), signed October 2015, focuses on conducting a national security review and developing a strategic framework, aligning Government of Niger (GON) resources to security needs, and improving external communications. The GON showed steady progress in 2016 through high-level engagement and participation from across the …

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Nigerien business delegation to the International Home & Housewares show in Chicago

Through the use of the Department of State Bureau of Economic Affairs Business Facilitation Incentive Funds (BFIF), Economic and Commercial Assistant Samaila Salifou escorted a five member business delegation to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois from March 18 – 21.  Participants had the opportunity to meet with business professionals, discuss possible …

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Women of Courage

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE   March 28, 2017   First Lady Melania Trump and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Honor 13 Women of Courage First Lady Melania Trump and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to …

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Rice Husk Stoves Donation

On Thursday March 23, ambassador Eunice Reddick attended the donation of Rice Husk Stoves to 50 women specialized in rice parboiling in the village of Seberi, Kollo. This ceremony marked the completion of the project entitled “Rice Husk Cooking Stoves for All” implemented by JVE (Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement). The project will contribute to the …

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U.S. Ambassador, Niger Media Visit Flintlock 2017 in Diffa

US Ambassador, Niger Media Visit Flintlock 2017 in Diffa By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kulani Lakanaria   DIFFA, NIGER—Ambassador Eunice S. Reddick, the U.S. ambassador to Niger, traveled from Niamey to Diffa, Niger, with journalists from national-level media organizations to observe training during Flintlock 2017, March 7. Governor Dan Dano Mahamadou Lawaly, the governor of …

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Awards Signing Ceremony

Awards Signing Ceremony Minister of Community and Territory Development Mr. Amani Abdou and U S. Ambassador Eunice S. Reddick celebrated the U.S. Embassy’s 11 small-grants program recipients at the 2016 Special Self Help and Julia Taft award signing ceremony on Thursday November 17, 2016.  The U.S. government awarded a total of $70,000 to local non-profit …

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AGOA Roundtable

On November 10, 2016, the United States Embassy, in cooperation with the USAID West African Trade Hub and the Niger Chamber of Commerce, held a day-long roundtable discussion designed to highlight Niger’s eligibility and participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  The AGOA system of trade preferences is designed to develop the United …

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Talking Points for General Public on Eyeglasses

Talking Points for General Public on Eyeglasses Beginning November 1, you must remove your eyeglasses for U.S. passport and visa photos. We are changing our policy to enhance the security of the application process and verify your identify faster. We want to ensure you have fewer delays in the application process. Last year, more than …

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Absentee Voting Week Sep. 26 – Oct. 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10. For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local …

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NASA, USAID Open Environmental Monitoring Hub in West Afric

July 14, 2016 RELEASE 16-070   NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have opened a new environmental monitoring program in West Africa that will enhance the role of space-based observations in the management of climate-sensitive issues facing the world today. SERVIR-West Africa, based in Niamey, Niger, is one of four NASA-USAID sponsored …

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Blogging Workshop

On Saturday July 2 the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Organization for the Promotion of Excellence (OPE), hosted a blogging workshop for young women.  A total of 15 students, including female journalists, writers, actresses, producers, women leaders, and entrepreneurs took part in the training.  The Public Affairs A/V Tech, Goudia Hachirou, led the workshop, …

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USAID Office of Transition Initiatives Sponsors Community Dialogue in Bani Bangou

Interethnic tensions continue to disrupt peace and security in the Tillaberi region of ‪Niger. To promote intercommunity dialogue and peacebuilding, the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supported the Bani Bangou Prefecture to organize a forum that gathered state authorities, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations to address peace and security in their communities. Aimed …

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YALI Pre-Departure Orientation

YALI Pre-Departure Orientation   The Charge d’Affaires congratulated and welcomed the 2016 Nigerien MWF YALI participants at a pre-departure orientation held at the American Cultural Center on June 10. One of the 2012 Young African Leaders IVLP-style program alumni attended the PDO and encouraged the fellows to give their best and make the most out …

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Ramadan Greetings Video

Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey are excited to present their video offering Ramadan greetings to Muslims in Niger, the United States, and across the world.  The short clip features the Embassy’s diversity as U.S. and local staff wish a “Ramadan Kareem” to all who observe the holy month.  In addition to languages commonly …

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EducationUSA Outreach

PAS Niamey’s EducationUSA Advisor conducted outreach in Niger’s main cities – Agadez, Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder and Dosso – from May 5-14. In each city the Advisor gave presentations on the five steps to study in the United States and discussed undergraduate and graduate opportunities, financial aid, and standardized test preparation. The sessions were open to …

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Statement on Boko Haram’s Attacks in Bosso

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson June 6, 2016    STATEMENT BY ELIZABETH TRUDEAU, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PRESS RELATIONS Boko Haram Attacks in Bosso, Niger The United States condemns in the strongest terms Boko Haram’s barbaric June 3 attack on a military outpost in Bosso, Niger.  We extend our deepest condolences to the …

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Embassy Niamey Celebrates Earth Day

For the second year in a row, PAS co-sponsored a tree planting ceremony in honor of Earth Day with a local NGO, Jeunes Voluntaires pour l’ Environment (JVE Niger). JVE is represented throughout the country and its Executive Director, Sani Ayouba, is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow who represented Niger at the COP21 talks in …

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Ambassador Reddick Welcomes YALI 2016!

Ambassador Reddick officially welcomed the 2016 Mandela YALI Fellows into Niger’s growing cohort of YALI alumni at a reception held in their honor on April 20. The 2014 and 2015 Mandela Washington alumni and previous YALI generations welcomed the new fellows to the YALI Niger Association and shared some words of advice. The reception ended …

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Book Discussion: “I am Malala “

On March 29th, PAS Niamey hosted a book discussion to commemorate Women’s History Month. The event focused on the book “I am Malala,” which tells the story of Malala Yousafzaï’s fight for her right to an education after the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Ambassador Reddick attended the event and gave …

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English Oral Presentations Training

Niamey PAS and English Language Fellow, April Smith have partnered with University Abdou Moumouni’s Performing Arts program to develop field related skills that will allow the students to succeed in sharing their art, their culture and their causes both through Niger and on the international scene.  This session, Masters’ students spent time with April and …

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Embassy Niamey Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

Information Resource Center Director Boubacar Assoumi was featured in an interview on private TV station Anfani FM on April 16 discussing Jazz Appreciation Month and American Cultural Center activities.  In addition to speaking about his experience as an exchange student in the United States, Assoumi highlighted the American Cultural Center’s programs including book discussions, book …

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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger   President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, on April 2, 2016. General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), …

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“ON EST ENSEMBLE” (WE ARE TOGETHER)

“ON EST ENSEMBLE” (WE ARE TOGETHER)   The USAID Peace Through Development II (PDev II) Program seeks to empower youth through civic education, leadership training to increase participation in local decision-making, capacity building for youth associations, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training, and expanding livelihoods.  Between 2011 and 2015, PDev II has trained about 2,100 youth in leadership, participatory …

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U.S. Embassy Capacity-Building Workshop Prepares Radio Journalists for Elections

From January 25-27 the U.S. Embassy hosted a three-day capacity-building workshop for Nigerien radio journalists reporting in local languages.  The workshop, which was organized in conjunction with the State Department’s Africa Regional Service (ARS) and Nigerien umbrella organization La Maison de la Presse focused on reporting skills and the upcoming elections.  The course was led …

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TechCamp Niamey

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey, in partnership with Niger’s Conseil National de la Jeunesse (National Youth Council, CNJ), and the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), hosted “TechCampNiamey: Voix pour la Paix” January 20-21.  The two-day program focused on the challenges of countering violent extremism.  Seventy youth and religious leaders from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, …

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