One Man’s Journey to Make Peace with ISIS Families Returning to Mosul

Nearly six years after the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), the horrors endured by the city’s residents remain engraved in ​​every woman, man, and child who lived through the atrocities having been affected by their ruthless violence.  As Saber*​​recounts​​ his​​ harrowing ordeal​​, he immediately reaches into his shirt pocket to retrieve his…

Nigeria Needs to Do More to Prevent & Respond to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

The 14-year long conflict in Northeast Nigeria and the deeply rooted gender-based inequalities have significantly contributed to exacerbating sexual violence in the country. While all genders are vulnerable to sexual violence, women and girls are more affected, especially those in conflict-affected areas.   Data from 2022 show that there has been an increase in recent…

Security Council Pushes for Reset of UNMISS Approach to Civilian Protection

By Josh Jorgensen The Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on March 15, 2023. The new mandate emphasizes the Mission’s responsibility to physically protect civilians from violence, but does not substantively change its other priorities or responsibilities. With the mandate’s new Protection of Civilians (POC) language and…