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From Diffa to Paris: A young teacher’s rise to global activist

by Astrid Ansah

on April 17, 2017

On a hot, dry Thursday morning a young teacher and Master’s student, Abdoul Karim Amadou Maman, walked out of his house in Niamey, Niger and made his way to a training for young leaders. Walking into the session, he had no idea his life was about to change forever.

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Our Country Our Home: How a Burundian Priest is Advocating for Peace

by Common Ground Blog

on April 4, 2017

As a Pentecostal priest in Burundi, Sebastien believed that his job was to guide the spiritual life of the community, without meddling with politics. When turmoil swept the country after the 2015 elections, he faced a heart-wrenching dilemma. His choice wound up saving a life—and forever changing his own.

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Social Media Programming Provides Kyrgyz Youth with Alternatives to Violent Extremism

by Search - Kyrgyzstan

on March 31, 2017

“There is an increasing fear in front of Allah that I feel; fear due to my deeds and sins. It feels like it’s high time to do something, leave this life and follow the inner voice.” These were the words of a 19-year-old in Kara-Balta in Northern Kyrgyzstan, […]

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Keeping it ‘Holy’: A Muslim and Jew’s Answer to Rising Tensions

by Shamil Idriss and Sharon Rosen

on March 24, 2017

Search for Common Ground President & CEO Shamil Idriss and Co-Director for Search’s Jerusalem office Sharon Rosen craft an op-ed on religious tensions and the protection and preservation of Holy Sites.

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Supporting the Changing State of Social Cohesion in Myanmar

by Agnes Chen

on March 18, 2017

Dr. Nem Nei Lhing, an ethnic Chin, was formerly a government officer in agriculture before she joined the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs (MOEA) of the Union Government of Myanmar–a new Ministry that came into being after Myanmar’s transition to a new democratically elected government at the start of 2017. In her new found role, and for the first time, she is working with people from different ethnicities, both within the Ministry and in the states and divisions that the MOEA oversees – a number of which face deep divisions and armed conflict.

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Between Economy and Culture: How Art is Curbing Tensions in Bali

by Lauren Shang

on March 17, 2017

The crisis of an old Balinese tradition triggered the potential for violence in Indonesia — until the local Search team came up with an unprecedented solution to curb tensions, based on contemporary arts.

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Nigeria’s ‘Mama Gender’: from child bride to gender activist

by Jessica Murrey

on March 9, 2017

Known as ‘Mama Gender,’ Nigeria’s Ene Ede is working to ensure that women are equally represented in politics, media, business, and within the home.