Issue

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

August 19, 2015

Life and Loss in Syria

James Harkin

James Harkin reports from Syria, in an exploration of human and cultural loss.

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?

Promised Land

Is Angela Merkel's Germany really the paradise refugees believe it to be?