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June 01, 2015 | Alyssa Eisenstein | Tagged as: Central African Republic
Muslim and Christian, men and women, young and old, urban and rural. My colleague Mark Yarnell and I have spent the last two weeks meeting with internally displaced people (IDPs) across the Central African Republic and with those living across the border as refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We’ve visited those living in both formal camps and in informal sites, including churches, mosques, urban centers, and with host communities. Speaking with dozens of IDPs and refugees, we heard unconscionable stories of suffering and horrific accounts of violence.
May 27, 2015 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Myanmar, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security

Myanmar's government has not demonstrated any interest in partnership, it is an authoritarian government that maintains near total control of those inside and apparently, outside the country. And that’s not very hard to see. In this new world of 24 hour social media citizen reporting, the government has learned to erase the Rohingya slowly and without explicit evidence – killing large numbers of Rohingya would be too public and so counter-productive - so the Rohingya suffer quietly, their wounds hidden away, and their destruction ever closer.

May 20, 2015 | Mark Yarnell | Tagged as: Africa, Central African Republic, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security, Women & Children
While some areas of CAR have stabilized over the past year, there are currently more than 30,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the town of Bambari, and many more dispersed throughout the surrounding rural areas, hiding miles from the main roads for safety. While conditions have improved in some other parts of the country – to the extent that many IDPs are returning home, such as in the capital, Bangui – the situation in Bambari remains volatile.
May 18, 2015 | Ann Hollingsworth | Tagged as: Chad, Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security, Women & Children
The over 360,000 Sudanese refugees currently in Chad have been there for over a decade.  They fled to Chad after violence in their towns and villages in Darfur. And that violence in Darfur unfortunately continues. 
May 15, 2015 | Michael Boyce | Tagged as: Africa, Chad, Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security, Women & Children

Twelve years ago, when I was a high school student living in a small New England town, I remember hearing about Darfur. I remember seeing news reports about the terrible conflict there, and about the hundreds of thousands of people whose villages had been burned or bombed, forcing them into exile. Then, around 2007 or so, I remember not hearing much about Darfur anymore. In the years since then, Darfur has mutated into a protracted crisis.