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Praying for change in Congo: the Catholic Church takes on Kabila

Praying for change in Congo: the Catholic Church takes on Kabila

February 1, 2018 0

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now a powerful voice of opposition to President Joseph Kabila’s continued unconstitutional stay in power, but the Church’s spiritual authority is yet to

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Libya’s downward spiral to shortages, militia power, and migrant abuse

Libya’s downward spiral to shortages, militia power, and migrant abuse

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 7, 2017 0

Social media has become a bush telegraph in the Libyan capital Tripoli, used by anxious citizens to warn each other of militia violence and how to get around the endless shortages as the

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Boko Haram – the fear, the conspiracy theories, and the deepening crisis

Boko Haram – the fear, the conspiracy theories, and the deepening crisis

August 30, 2017 0

The fear is palpable in northeast Nigeria as Boko Haram intensifies its war on civilians. The military’s regular claim that the jihadists are on the run is patently false, and provides no comfort

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The war in Equatoria

The war in Equatoria

July 12, 2017 0

When South Sudan’s civil war broke out in 2013, much of Equatoria – the country’s breadbasket ­– managed to stay out of the conflict.

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Saddam-era basement bunkers: A ‘double-edged sword’ for Mosul civilians

Saddam-era basement bunkers: A ‘double-edged sword’ for Mosul civilians

June 28, 2017 0

Wearing nothing but underpants, his body half-wrapped in bandages, 20-year-old Mustafa is carried out of Mosul’s Old City on a green plastic chair by Iraqi soldiers running through sniper fire. Grimacing with pain,

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The complex battle for control in eastern Syria

The complex battle for control in eastern Syria

dan.rafter@hrc.org May 30, 2017 0

Ever since a deal was struck in the Kazakh capital of Astana early this month to de-escalate the conflict in western Syria, all eyes have been turning east. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and

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Pushed out of Pakistan into war-torn Afghanistan, refugees are told to be ‘patient’

Pushed out of Pakistan into war-torn Afghanistan, refugees are told to be ‘patient’

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 13, 2017 0

Afghan refugees pressured by Pakistan to return to their volatile homeland where they face hunger and homelessness should be “patient”, according to an official who said his government plans to eventually offer more

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Libyan oil wars and the battle for Tripoli

Libyan oil wars and the battle for Tripoli

March 15, 2017 0

It’s flying under the radar, but the Libyan capital is shuddering through its worst violence since fighting first broke out mid-2014, while oil wars rage out east amidst signs of increased Russian involvement.

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Cop-out or vital lifeline? Massive EU cash aid programme rolls out for refugees in Turkey

Cop-out or vital lifeline? Massive EU cash aid programme rolls out for refugees in Turkey

January 25, 2017 0

After fleeing Aleppo and moving to the Turkish capital in 2015, Siham, a widow and mother of five, had few options other than to let her eldest child, 11-year-old Yussef, take a job

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South Sudan: “This fighting will continue to our children”

South Sudan: “This fighting will continue to our children”

December 8, 2016 0

David Salah sits on the South Sudan side of the Kaya river. A wooden bridge separates him from Busia, a border crossing in Uganda.

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