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Hip hop brings hope in crisis

Published by the Washington Post on July 1, 2017 BANGUI, Central African Republic — Lionel Fotot once watched a crowd kill a 6-year-old Muslim boy with a machete. He can’t shake the memories of the brutalities he witnessed as Central...

Central African Republic unrest spreads

As published by the Associated Press on May 24, 2017 ZEMIO, Central African Republic (AP) — No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in...

Ugandans Accused of Hunting Girls

As published by the New York Times on May 14, 2017   OBO, Central African Republic — The hunt is officially over. “Joseph Kony is dead,” said American-made leaflets written in the event that Mr. Kony, the notorious leader of...

Uganda Ends Its Hunt for Joseph Kony

As published by the New York Times on April 20, 2017   BANGUI, Central African Republic — Uganda began withdrawing its entire contingent of 1,500 soldiers from the Central African Republic this week, effectively ending the hunt for the warlord...

Christians, Muslims unite to heal trauma

As published by Reuters on Jan. 5, 2017 BANGUI - Blindfolds secured tightly, more than a dozen men and women are led by their partners around leafy plants and trees in the compound of an international charity in the Central...

“Climate of Repression” in Rwanda

As published by Inter Press Service on Aug. 9, 2010 KIGALI, Aug 9, 2010 (IPS) – As voting concluded in Rwanda’s presidential elections, with incumbent President Paul Kagame expected to win by a landslide, fears remain that not all citizens...

Syria Is Obama’s Rwanda

As published by VICE on June 2, 2014   Twenty-seven-year-old Qusai Zakarya woke up at about 4:30 AM on August 21, 2013. He rolled out his prayer rug inside his family’s two-bedroom apartment in the small town of Moadamiya, Syria,...

Trapped in a Syrian Town Under Siege

As published by VICE on Oct. 15, 2013 When she was brought to a field hospital in rebel-held Moadamia, one mile north of Syria’s capital, Rana Obaid had all the signs of severe malnutrition—a bloated belly, glassy eyes, hollow cheeks,...

Turkish Police Thought I Was Joining ISIS

As published by War Is Boring on Sept. 18, 2014 REYHANLI, Turkey—The undercover Turkish policemen had been waiting for us. As soon I and my fellow journalist Terry Glavin returned to our hotel in this ramshackle town along the Syrian...

Op Ed: Get Rid of Assad

As published by War Is Boring on Oct. 23, 2014  At a hospital in Reyhanli, Turkey, I tried not to focus on a boy lying injured on a hospital bed with a paralyzed leg and a catheter. Instead, I asked...

Opposition Steps Ahead of Communists

As published by Inter Press Service on July 30, 2009 After eight years of communist rule, four Moldovan opposition parties won a majority percentage of parliamentary seats during Wednesday’s nationwide elections. With about 98 percent of the votes counted, the...

Africans Lost in ‘The Promised Land’

As published by Human Rights Tribune on April 16, 2008. TEL AVIV, Apr 15, 2008 (IPS) – The young man who agreed to be called Hamed has come a long way to do nothing. The Ivoirian would prefer to work...

Iraqi Refugees Look to Europe

As published by InterPress Service on May 2, 2008 DAMASCUS – “I’ll go to any country,” says Zirgon Tomas al-Aya, a 60-year-old Iraqi standing outside the UN Refugee Agency headquarters in Damascus. “I like Syria but I can’t work here,...

Texting, Skype Alter The Peace Corps Experience

As published by National Public Radio on Aug. 26, 2010. Since President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps nearly half a century ago, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 140 countries. Until fairly recently, joining the Peace Corps...

Hunger Drives Sudanese Kids to Army

As published by TruthOut on Aug. 13, 2010  South Sudan – When Timothy was forced into the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) at age 11, the first thing they did was beat him. Then they took him to a...