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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 03, 2018

A Second Chance in Somalia

Hassan Ghedi Santur

Can former fighters with a terrorist group be deradicalized and rehabilitated? An NGO in Somalia is trying to do just that with former Al-Shabab recruits who have defected from the group.

March 25, 2018

When Will the Rohingya Refugees Return Home?

Phil Caller, Tania Rashid

Refugees fear the fate that awaits them in Myanmar and are refusing to return without guarantees of safety. In the camps girls face being trafficked into the sex trade or forced into child marriages.

March 16, 2018

Obstacles to Balkans Peace

Malcolm Brabant

Russian meddling, nationalist rhetoric, and lingering hatred block Balkan conflict zones' progress.

December 20, 2017

Trauma Among Syrian Refugees

Sawsan Morrar

While Syrians find refuge and aid in Jordan, little has been done to address the mental trauma they have faced—until now.

December 11, 2017

Rohingya Under Attack

Kristen Gelineau, Todd Pitman, Maye-e Wong, Rishabh Raj Jain

"All I have left are my words," the Rohingya Muslim refugee said. The AP documents systematic gang rape of Rohingya women by the Myanmar military, and reconstructs a massacre in one Rohingya village.

November 27, 2017

An American War in the Sahara

Joe Penney

The U.S. military is building a major drone base in the Sahara Desert in Niger. Joe Penney looks at how an increasing American military presence will change the West African country.

Meet the Journalist: Sarah A. Topol

What happens to children in Nigeria who were abducted by Boko Haram? Sarah Topol discusses the lives of those who have not escaped and are still controlled by the militant Islamist group.

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