The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

President Buhari, Bring Back Our Chibok Girls

Over a year ago, the world watched in horror as more than 200 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an extremist group that has been terrorizing the region ever since 2002. They are responsible for an attack on a UN building in Abuja, and numerous kidnappings of young girls […]

Targets of War: Women in The Central African Republic

Instead of being able to provide for her family, a mother instead fears for a more fundamental necessity: the survival of her children. She fears for their safety, as well as her own. She finds herself distraught as she contemplates what fate her children will be left to if she is removed from their already […]

We Must Not Abandon the Children of the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR), as the name suggests, is landlocked in the center of six African countries that continue to experience conflict. Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Cameroon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) surround the Central African Republic. Unfortunately, CAR has not been exempt from the incessant fighting and tyranny these other […]

Child Refugees in Syria: Moussa’s Story

Today I want to take a moment to recognize the 1.1 million Syrian refugee children scattered in camps around the Middle East. The Syrian war has been devastating for children, both physically and psychologically. I would like to take a moment to share the story of one of those million refugee children with you. Moussa […]

Syria Conflict: A Bird’s Eye View

The conflict in Syria has now been going on for over 3 years. It has killed over 130,000 and displaced almost two million, half of whom are children. What started out as protests against the dictatorship of President Bashar Al-Assad has grown into an all out civil war between Assad’s troops on the one hand, […]

My Thoughts on South Sudan

On December 20, 2013, in Africa, Foreign Affairs, Fragile States, Human Rights, Poverty, South Sudan, War, by senjaffer

For the last few nights sleep is something I have to search for.  I just cannot get rid of the images described by the UN Peacekeepers of “women and children in the Sudan being mowed down”. In 2002, when I visited South Sudan for the first time I was really shell shocked. I am a […]

International Day of Non-Violence

Today, October 2, I honour International Day of Non-Violence. Today is not only a day to think about ways we can bring about change within our societies peacefully, but it is also a day to honour Mahatma Gandhi, and the example he gave us of how a person can use non-violent resistance to change the […]