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...

  • The Women Left Behind

    VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka — It was midnight in 2008 when several members of Sri Lanka's security forces barged into Rajendran Geetha's house and took her husband, Sekar, from bed. "We only need him for a brief inquiry," she recalls them saying as they blindfolded him and tied his hands with a black rope. In front of his wife, two...

  • Apply Today to Report on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Africa

    About this Fellowship The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on issues related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution across the African continent. The deadline for submissions was 11:59pm EST on Friday, June 30, 2017. Applicants may propose any stories that relate to post-conflict peacebuilding. Topics might include but are not limited to:  leadership: local, national, individual...

  • 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...

  • Niger’s Desert North Is a Glimpse Into the Destructive Brilliance of Gaddafi’s 42 Years in Power

    The Grand Mosque of Niamey, built with Libyan government funding in the 1970s, is a beaming adobe with a prism of latticed archways capped with a brilliant green dome, glittering and unscathed after decades under the Sahelian sunlight and dust. The Grand Mosque of Niamey. The Grand Mosque dominates a vast open expanse: It’s one of the...

  • 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...