Stories: Peace

  • Wives of Warring Rivals Strive to Bring Peace to Nigeria’s Kaduna State

    GOLKOFA, NIGERIA – The shouting started in the distance, but Zulai Bello knew it would soon reach her front door. As the voices got louder, she grabbed her seven children and ran from their home in the Nigerian village of Golkofa. Minutes later, the mob of angry men reached her house and burned it to the ground. Bello and her...

  • Protesters and Counterprotesters at Moscow’s Big Anti-War March

    When I first arrived at Pushkin Square about an hour before the start of a planned anti-war rally on Sunday, I thought I might have been in the wrong place. The plaza beneath the statue of Russia’s favorite poet was dominated by supporters of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, brandishing the Dixie-esque flag of...

  • Mullah Radio: The New Leader of the Pakistani Taliban

    The Taliban commander who ordered last year’s attack on now-famous teenage schoolgirl and education advocate Malala Yousafzai has been chosen by the ruling council of the Pakistani Taliban as its new leader. Mullah Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio for his lengthy broadcasts across the Swat Valley during the Taliban’s rise in the area, will head...

  • Timbuktu’s Hopeful, Troubled Peace

    Photographs by Katie Orlinsky, reporting from Mali on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project. For the full story, visit The New Yorker. A Malian military convoy in downtown Timbuktu. A wedding celebration. The Sidi Mahmoud Cemetery, which was destroyed by Islamist militants. Community leaders leave a ceremony honoring Timbuktu’s Crisis Committee. A...

  • What Pakistan’s Release of the Afghan Taliban’s No. 2 Means for Peace

    Pakistan has said it will release the Afghan Taliban’s former deputy from its custody as the new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to repair frayed ties with the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai. Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s top adviser on foreign affairs, said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar could be freed...

  • Weary of Violence, Pakistan Opts for Peace Talks With the Taliban

    Pakistan’s political leaders have decided to pursue negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in an attempt to bring a halt to an unrelenting wave of terrorist violence across the country that has killed over 800 since a general election in May. On Monday, a conference of all of Pakistan’s political parties said it supported...

  • Displaced in Thailand

    In most of Thailand, the majority of people are Buddhists. But in the Southern-most provinces, the majority are Malay-speaking Muslims. Malay militants want to separate from the Thai state, saying it doesn’t respect Malay identity. Since the conflict escalated in 2004, around 5 thousand people have been killed, and more than 200,000 have had to leave their homes. The Malay militants...