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A Family Reunited

by Bryan Weiner on June 3, 2015

In rural Rwanda, land is everything. It provides food, offers shelter, and reinforces identity. As the local population increases, land also becomes the most common cause of conflict. Disputes over land ownership generate dangerous tensions within villages, communities, and families, straining Rwanda’s social fabric. Such is the case of brothers-in-law […]

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Building Your Own Radio: the Story of Humuriza FM

by Kristoff Kohlhagen on May 26, 2015

This story originally appeared on csmonitor.com on 05/26/2015. GITEGA, BURUNDI — Hippopotamus and Rhinoceros pulled stoutly on their ends of the rope. Obscured from one another by high bushes, both animals stood convinced they battled the long-eared hare that had earlier challenged each to a test of strength. […]

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Fighting Fear with Tolerance

by Search for Common Ground on May 22, 2015

However different someone is from you, it doesn’t make them evil. – El Mortada El Mortada Iamrachen grew up in a conservative community in the city of Al Hoceima in northern Morocco. The city is surrounded by the Rif Mountains, a historically marginalized area, which has recently been […]

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How aid can help (or hurt) Yemen

by Shoqi A. Maktary on May 14, 2015

This article was originally published by The Hill on 05/14/2015. Yemen is at the brink of a humanitarian disaster. Over 1,400 people have been killed in the escalating conflict, many of them civilians, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes, seeking safety from daily bombings and violence. As […]

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Burundi Crisis: Five Reasons Why Americans Should Care

by Britney Nemecek on May 13, 2015

This article originally appeared on TheHill.com. A relatively peaceful decade has passed since the end of the Burundian Civil War. This month’s events put that peace at risk. On May 13th, General Niyombare claimed to have “overthrown” President Nkurunziza. After a particularly violent morning, the streets of Bujumbura broke […]

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“Imanizabikora”

by Kristoff Kohlhagen on May 8, 2015

This story was first published by Christian Science Monitor on 05/07/2015. KABUMBA, RWANDA — The red brick walls of Nyakiriba Prison tower above Viateur Manishimwe, his wife Judith Mureshyankwano, and their nearly one-year-old daughter Liliane. Liliane, sound asleep and tied securely to her mother’s back, has been silent for […]

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The Pen Is Still Mightier Than The Sword

by Nabila Khouri on May 3, 2015

Throughout history, journalists and the media have often been regarded as both heroes and villains. They have been the watchdogs of political power. They have given a voice to the voiceless. They have also been used to trample the rights of others, and support the agendas of dictators […]