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

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.

August 22, 2014

When Militiamen Rule

Ty McCormick

Less than three years after independence, South Sudan collapsed into civil war. Thousands have died and famine looms on the horizon. Can rebel-leaders-turned-politicians lead the way to peace?

July 29, 2014

Afghanistan: Packing Up War

Meg Jones, Meghan Dhaliwal

How do you turn the lights off on a war? Wars end when troops come home, but what happens to all the stuff?

July 07, 2014

Love For My Enemy

Lukas Augustin, Niklas Schenck

A multimedia story following survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as they struggle with their past, meet each other for the first time and dare to ask for forgiveness.

June 26, 2014

Syria: Children of ISIS

James Harkin

How some of northern Syria’s children are being reared into a life of praying and jihad by a new kind of puritanical islamist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham.

May 02, 2014

From "the Other Iraq" to Kurdistan

Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer

Today Iraq is consumed by sectarian fighting, but in the north the legacy of the US-led war is progress. Iraqi Kurdistan has autonomy, security, and oil. But what is Kurdistan beyond "the other Iraq"?

Flying into Iraqi Kurdistan

Lieutenant Kochar Saleh Haji, of the Kurdish peshmerga, returned to Dohuk from New York after accepting the UNESCO Global Hope Coalition award, given to ten “everyday heroes.”

U.S. Special Forces See Hope in Syria

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations, who made a recent trip to Syria and spoke with American troops.

This Week: A Trafficked Girl

This week: the incredible migrant trail of one woman, Bangladesh's toxic leather tanneries, and the Maldives losing battle agains climate change and losing democracy.