Stories: Ethnic Tensions

  • In South Sudan, Camps Offer No Refuge From Divisions and Violence

    A crowd of people rushed onto the dirt embankment and glared at the masses gathered on the opposite side of the road. The men, women, and children, all members of the Shilluk ethnicity, held machetes and makeshift weapons like rusty spears and crude wooden batons wrapped with barbed wire. With a laugh, a Shilluk boy scraped the blades of...

  • Fighting Over the Spoils of War

    Notre Dame des Victoires Church, or NDV, is in a small parish about a 10-minute drive from the city of Bambari in the center of the Central African Republic. A French priest established the Catholic outpost in 1857. There’s a large red brick cathedral, a nearby house where clergy sleep and rows of classrooms where villagers once sent children...