The Human Impact

Is wartime rape inevitable?

April 28, 2014

The mass rape of hundreds of thousands of women and girls from Bosnia to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has reinforced the conventional wisdom that rape and sexual violence are an inevitable feature of war.

Why coexistence doesn’t equal reconciliation in Rwanda

April 6, 2014

One Hutu killer describes feeling “like two different people” as he took part in the genocide: a man who obediently slaughtered his Tutsi neighbours because the mayor told him to, yet who hid one of their daughters in a grain basket to save her from the machetes.

Ms Kalashnikovs: Meet Congo’s fearless women fighters

March 20, 2014

Copyright and all photographs taken by Francesca Tosarelli.

Brutalised. Repeatedly raped. The first to gather the children and flee attack. Weak, poor and uneducated.

The dangers of oversimplifying the Central African Republic conflict

March 4, 2014

Here’s a story I haven’t heard before: when violence spiralled in Central African Republic’s capital last December, the country’s most senior Muslim cleric sought shelter with the Catholic archbishop of Bangui.

Turkey needs multilateral strategy for Syria refugee influx – policy expert

November 13, 2012

Hugh Pope, a policy expert on Turkey and Cyprus spoke with AlertNet after delivering a presentation at a conference in Istanbul.

Mission head says MSF doctors need better access to Syria conflict

October 4, 2012

The growing number of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as the humanitarian situation worsens, is putting increasing pressure on aid agencies trying to provide assistance.

Nothing prepared me for what we saw in Baba Amr – Paul Conroy

March 29, 2012

 

Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy describes the impact of the February 22 shelling of the Baba Amr district in the Syrian city of Homs. Conroy escaped after suffering leg injuries.