Stories: Conflict

  • Facing Sri Lanka’s Ghosts

    VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka — At some point during its brutal 26 years, the Sri Lankan civil war brought terror or loss to virtually everyone in the country. For Kasipillai Jeyavanitha, a mother of four, the defining moment of the conflict came in March 2009, just two months before the war ended eight years ago today. She and her family were among thousands...

  • Taiwan and the Trumpian Uncertainty Principle

    Core to Donald Trump’s appeal, both at home and abroad, is that he doesn’t seem to care how he’s supposed to behave. He certainly doesn’t fuss over offending Chinese nationalist sensibilities. This perhaps explains, in part, his curious adventure in China-Taiwan diplomacy. On December 2, Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, called Trump...

  • Colombian Refugees Seek Justice in Peace Deal

    After three years of negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels in the Cuban capital, Havana, a peace deal that could bring more than five decades of conflict to an end, appears to be in sight. On Tuesday, an agreement on the crucial sticking point of victim reparations and special tribunals to try former members of FARC, the Revolutionary...

  • The Struggle for Mali

    When fighters linked to al-Qaida swept into Timbuktu on 1 April 2012, Dr Ibrahim Maiga found himself living a nightmare. The new rulers of west Africa’s most famous centre of Islamic scholarship immediately set about destroying its history. Over the following months they set fire tothousands of ancient manuscripts, destroyed the mausoleums of local holy menand forced musicians...

  • Colombia Peace Deal Update: Refugees Displaced by Violence Say They’ll Never Return

    A group of Ecuadorian children surrounded Yesenia’s 6-year-old daughter in the playground, taunting her. They pushed her face into the ground. “Dirty Colombian,” they said. "Go back to your country." It was just one of many incidents of bullying that her children, all under the age of 13, have faced at school since...

  • ‘America Has Forgotten About Us’: Former US Allies in Vietnam Flee Persecution

    During the Vietnam War, Kanh Kpa’s indigenous Montagnard relatives fought alongside US Army Special Forces in Vietnam’s remote Central Highlands, where the mostly Christian tribesmen gained a reputation as fierce and loyal allies. But after the war, the ethnic and religious minority Montagnards, or “mountain people,” long at odds with the Vietnamese government, paid...

  • Mali’s Voice of Reason

    This June, as Mali’s three-year civil war sputtered to an end, representatives of the government, loyalist militias, and the rebels gathered here in the capital to discuss their country’s future. Just days earlier they had signed a provisional peace agreement. Now, they came together for a public discussion of the deal: not in...

  • A Country on the Brink: Millions Go Hungry in South Sudan

    Mary Nyabouth and her six children fled fighting in her village of Nyal in late June, paddling two hours in a canoe until she reached a remote island in the swamps of Unity state. While they are now safe from the rapidly increasing violence between rebels and government troops, they are among the 4.6 million people in South Sudan — 40 percent...

  • On Patrol With the Soldiers Battling Bandits, Islamist Militants, and Mistrust in Mali

    There are 10 of us in the armored personnel carrier, sweating under body armor as we bounce along the road out of Timbuktu on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali. It's nearly 110 degrees. We're on patrol with soldiers from Burkina Faso who are serving as United Nations peacekeepers. They hold old...

  • Unrest and Fear of Famine Overshadow Celebrations for South Sudan’s Fourth Year of Independence

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