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On War and Peace

Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, thousands of maimed amputees remind us of the war that took 500,000 lives in 100 days. War leaves marks that cannot be erased—not only in Rwanda, but on every continent.

Reporting from On War and Peace examines the roots of conflict, whether it be religious hatred, sectarian rivalry, a security vacuum, the struggle for natural resources, or the desperation that results from poverty.

Pulitzer Center journalists also cover war’s aftermath: the transitional governments that result in chaos, diplomacy that goes awry, peace talks that never end, and the people who suffer the consequences, young and old. We see the children who go hungry, lose their homes, leave school, become combatants, or join the jihad.

Often the end to conflict leaves turmoil in its wake while the road to peace seems circuitous: In South Sudan, rebel-commanders-turned politicians plunge the country into civil war. In the U.S., troops return home from one war only to be re-deployed to another. But everywhere, in every conflict, there are also voices crying out for peace, determined to heal the divide.

On War and Peace

April 09, 2015

Innovating the Rwandan Recovery

Tik Root, Juan Herrero, Wyatt Orme

More than twenty years after a genocide, a look at the next generation of Rwandans and their place in a rapidly changing country.

March 12, 2015

Child Survivors of War Learn Nonviolence, Pluralism, Hope

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger

Syrian and other international volunteers travel at their own expense to Syrian refugee neighborhoods to teach war-traumatized children that they are not "the lost generation" but future peace-makers.

February 19, 2015

Afghanistan: WithDraw

George Butler

What happens when after 13 years a foreign fighting force pulls out of a country and the world turns its attention elsewhere. Life goes on, of course, but what does this look like in Afghanistan?

November 21, 2014

Central African Republic: Hidden Heart of Africa

Peter Gwin, Marcus Bleasdale

The Central African Republic is one of the last truly wild places on earth, a sparsely populated country that until recently remained quietly anonymous. So why did it descend into chaos?

November 11, 2014

Stories of Hope: Growing Up in Lebanon

Ari Daniel

Beirut is fissured from political and sectarian strain. Many of the kids living there are on the edges of those cracks. This project tells the stories of those kids as radio and video portraits.

How to Defeat a Nerve Agent

The threat of future nerve agent attacks is spurring urgent efforts to find better countermeasures, with several promising compounds in the pipeline.

Finding Therapy in Jordan

With only 60 to 100 psychiatrists in Jordan, there's little help for Syrian refugees. Local organizations and refugees are leading the work to ensure that refugees get the therapy that they need.

This Week: The President's Wealth

This week: President Kabila's vast network of family-owned businesses, a comedy group in India fights ISIS with laughter, and Syrian refugees look for a sense of belonging in Germany.

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