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March 06, 2015 | Marcy Hersh | Tagged as: Africa, DR Congo, Protection & Security, Women & Children
When I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last October, every meeting that I held with Congolese government officials sounded surprisingly similar. They were all engaged in a battle to change the long-held image of the country as “the rape capital of the world.” Government officials explained to me that now that the threat of the M23 rebel group was behind them, the country is at relative peace and women can start to experience the dividends of that peace. Conflict-related sexual violence is no longer a problem in the DRC, or so they claimed.
March 04, 2015 | Jeff Crisp | Tagged as: Sri Lanka, Asia, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security

Prior to Sri Lanka’s January 2015 election, it was impossible to turn on the television, look at a newspaper or walk down the street without being bombarded with images of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two brothers, Basil and Gothabaya, who between them dominated many of the key Cabinet positions. But the face of Sri Lanka has changed.

February 27, 2015 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Statelessness

Over 300,000 Rohingya reside in Bangladesh, and their situation is only worsening. Forcible evictions and expulsions back to Myanmar are commonplace. Bangladesh must find a better solution for the Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf.

February 24, 2015 | Dawn Calabia | Tagged as: Afghanistan, Congress, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Neglected Crises
Afghanistan has come a long way. No doubt continued security and development assistance from the U.S. and NATO nations may be keys to Afghanistan’s future. But the commitment of its leaders to good governance and reform will remain the essential element in the equation.
January 29, 2015 | Michael Boyce | Tagged as: South Sudan, United Nations, Protection & Security
In December 2013 South Sudan's capital city, Juba, exploded in violence. Fighting between troops loyal to the ousted vice president Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir was followed by a wave of ethnic violence. As panic set in, thousands of people sought refuge in bases belonging to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Today, there are more than 100,000 displaced South Sudanese sheltering in UNMISS bases across the country.