Two years after the first refugees fleeing armed conflict in northern Mali stranded in this desert location near the Mauritanian town of Bassikounou , 60 000 of them continue to be rely on aid. Water, food, shelter, health care, all of these essential services in Mbera camp are being provided by humanitarian organisations, some of them funded by ECHO, the European Commission humanitarian aid and civil protection service. With conditions for a safe return home not met, according to the refugees, most of them are not planning to pack their bags anytime soon.

Ahmed’s Story: Revenge Will Tip Us Into Hell

Michael Shaikh, director of country operations for Center for Civilians in Conflict, and Sam Hendricks, a consultant for CIVIC, are currently in Mali speaking with civilians about the current conflict and the challenges they face. “Before the rebels came, life was good,” said Ahmed, a schoolteacher in Mali who sat down with Center for Civilians…

Bring drones out of the shadows

The president’s pick for CIA director — John Brennan — is one of a handful of U.S. officials who understands America’s covert drone campaign inside and out. Nearly everyone else is in the dark about the whos, wheres and whys of the program, including most members of Congress. But Brennan is also one of the…

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army prepare to go on a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, the morning of Feb. 16, 2010. The ANA soldiers and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, have been conducting Operation Moshtarak to rid Marjah of Taliban presence and intimidation. (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

Afghan forces handle civilian casualties poorly, report claims

KABUL — A report released Monday accuses Afghanistan’s army and police of failing to address civilian casualties as the country’s newly built forces assume responsibility for security during NATO’s military withdrawal. The Center for Civilians in Conflict, a Washington-based research organization, said in its report that “the capacity of the Afghan government and security forces…

Do Less Harm

The Afghanistan and Iraq wars taught the United States painful lessons about the need to limit harm to civilians and compensate victims for their suffering. Now Washington must turn that ad hoc progress into a permanent policy, followed not only by its military but also by those of its partners as well. Read the article in…