Anna Cunningham

Anna Cunningham is a senior freelance multimedia journalist. She has reported for the CBC since 2009, based in Mumbai, Paris and Lagos, Nigeria. She is now London-based. Anna was previously staff at the BBC for 10 years. @journo_anna

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Mood in Lagos turns from defiance to despondency as police-brutality protests met with violent crackdown

Thousands of protesters have been demonstrating across Nigerian cities, calling for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit set up in the 1980s to tackle criminality. It has become feared and loathed by Nigerians, accused of kidnapping, torture and killing.

'We are losing nurses. We are losing beds': Why health-care funding is sparking so much U.K. election debate

Funding for the U.K.'s National Health Service is always a key election issue, but with Britain’s planned departure from the European Union looming, it's even more central than usual in the campaign leading up to the Dec. 12 vote.

How the Brexit debacle has complicated what it means to be British

Campaigners from both the Remain and Leave side admit — although not always openly — that British identity was, and still is, a key influencer in the Brexit narrative.

Death of Kirk Woodman highlights growing instability in Sahel region of West Africa

The death of Canadian Kirk Woodman in Burkina Faso has highlighted the growing instability in the Sahel region of West Africa, where Islamist militancy is rapidly on the rise.

Keeping pirates at bay: On board with the Canadian navy off the coast of Nigeria

The Gulf of Guinea in West Africa is currently the world’s piracy hotspot, and Canada is helping train the Nigerian navy to fend off maritime attackers, writes Anna Cunningham.

Another suspected Boko Haram kidnapping in Nigeria: The cycle continues

Government leaders in Nigeria claim to have defeated Boko Haram, but the group continues to conduct raids, launch suicide attacks, and kidnap schoolgirls, with more than 100 disappearing this week. With an election in the offing, security analysts fear the trend will continue.

Nigerians live in fear of kidnapping for ransom

Kidnapping for ransom has long been a problem in Nigeria's south, but now it's on the rise throughout the country amid an economic slowdown caused by lower oil prices. Nigerians and their children are the usual victims and that's meant heightened security for families.

Violent evictions, homelessness are the cost of Lagos, Nigeria's megacity

Human rights group Amnesty International says more than 30,000 people were evicted last year from their waterfront homes in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, by the local authorities, as the wealth gap grows and more residents are living in informal settlements.

'I will never try it again': Would-be migrant held for ransom in Libya regrets attempt to reach Europe

On the treacherous journey from Nigeria to Europe, Oluwaseun Femi Ijitola was sold by traffickers in Libya and jailed for four months until he paid a ransom.

Nigeria's president absent again, concerns increase for his health

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been more absent this year than he has been present. That's a perilous situation for the country, which is battling Boko Haram and divided along ethnic lines, as well as struggling with its economy