Conflict and violence in Somalia: Askiro’s story

Askiro fled conflict and violence in her home village, just to tragically lose her youngest son to poverty and malnutrition in another. With the help of a local organisation offering skills training and business management support, Askiro has turned the life of her family around.

7 reasons to believe in peace

These seven stories are just some of the many reasons why we continue to strive for peace – built brick by brick from the ground up. As 2016 draws to a close, we want to thank you for your continued support to all those fighting for peace in some of the most fragile places in the world.

Challenging the Taliban, one person at a time: Jalal’s* story

My name is Jalal* and I live in north-west Pakistan. It is known as a hotbed of militancy and extremism, where militants run the streets and bombs destroy lives. When the Taliban began taking over our area, I didn’t know what to do. One by one, I lost most of my friends to the Taliban. They were used to carry out suicide attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan and Waziristan, just across the border from Pakistan.

Aleppo update

Overnight, hopes grew that a ceasefire might allow for the remaining population to flee eastern Aleppo. This morning, no residents have yet been allowed to leave and there are reports of renewed shelling.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders award ceremony 2016

If one thing is clear, it is that stories have power when it comes to peacebuilding. So often in war, people are silenced. Whether it is through fear, or the breakdown of infrastructure, people’s voices often cannot be heard from war zones. These stories from our annual event celebrating local peacebuilding took us on a journey. We felt the anguish of war, and the hope brought by peace.

The life of a human rights defender in Burundi

Today is Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The day provides a chance to recall the aspiration to a universal human dignity set out in this document, to face up to contexts where this aspiration is being torn apart and, more than just to feel outrage, to take action.

In memory of genocide victims

As we reassert the international community’s commitment to preventing genocide, it is important not to give up on South Sudan. On this day of commemorating genocide victims of the past, we should also be encouraged to prevent any further victims in our future.

2016 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders shortlist announced

The shortlist for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised – leaving 13 of the 244 applicants to pass through to the next stage of the competition. Three winners will be announced at a ceremony in December and will each receive $10,000 towards their project.