Stories about War & Conflict from April, 2016
The Fight to Control the Narrative in Burundi's Crisis
Government critics are rejected as plotting or linked to insurgency, while government supporters and security services employees become collectively associated with authorities' repressive tactics.
Syria: What Forgiveness Doesn't Mean
'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.
The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North
Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.
How Ukraine Is Dealing With the European Refugee Crisis
While Ukrainian officials and right-wing activists use the refugee crisis to win political points and shape public opinion, the Middle Eastern refugees themselves aren't exactly flocking to settle in Ukraine.
The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars
For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.
How a Paramilitary Group Paralyzed Colombia’s North and Threatened the Peace Process
An "armed strike" ordered by the Úsuga Clan spread violence as well as fear over the return of paramilitarism in Colombia.
Pope Francis Announces: World's Best Teacher Is a Palestinian
“If children who suffer from violence are not given the assistance and support they need, they will be lost," says the World's Best Teacher Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub.
Abu Majid, Syrian Visionary
"His vision was of a democratic Syria that ensures the freedom of all its people. This was his charge. This was his crime."
‘I Don't Want to be Burned Alive’: A Doctor’s Account of the US Airstrike That Destroyed MSF Hospital in Afghanistan
"The things that were constant in my nightmares were the roaring sound and panels of wood crashing down on us. And screams. Mine."
As Deportations Begin, Portuguese Continue Speaking Out Against European Union-Turkey Deal
"It's time to stop this! We should make the difference for these innocent people."
‘Free West Papua’ Campaign Turns to Social Media for Global Support
The campaign encourages netizens to express support to the independence struggle of West Papua by posting photos on social media using the hashtag #LetWestPapuaVote.
#IamSyrian, a Campaign to Make Every Syrian Proud
Moustafa Jacob, a Syrian artist, used the Oscars to kick off his campaign #IamSyrian. Little did he know that this initiative would snowball to showcase international solidarity with Syrians.
A Young Yemeni Man Wants You to Know How War Changed His Life
"My message to the Saudi coalition: Please stop killing. We have kids. We are human beings like you. This is not a game."
Smouldering Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Ablaze After Clashes Between Azeri and Armenian Forces
Fighting on April 2 was some of the most deadly the contested enclave has seen since an oft-broken peace in 1994.
An Iraqi Translator for the US Military Is Now Stuck in Greece
The European Union is preparing to send thousands of asylum seekers back to Turkey. One of them is a man who worked with the US military in Iraq.
#NewPalmyra Crowdsources the Majestic History That ISIS Destroyed in Syria
In less than a year, Palmyra lost many of its archaeological monuments. A project founded by jailed Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil wants to restore the ancient city with 3D models.