Caitlin Biddolph

About Caitlin Biddolph

Caitlin is undertaking Honours in International Relations, following her completion of a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about the interconnectedness of peace, humanitarianism, and development. While she is fascinated with all regions of the world, she has a particular interest in Africa.Caitlin has joined the OWP as she is dedicated to promoting non-violent paths to peace. She hopes to add a critical perspective to her articles and illustrate that in every situation, people have the capacity to end conflict.

Syrian Children Face Toxic Psychological Trauma From The Horrors Of War

Save the Children has just released an unprecedented report into the mental health of children experiencing six years of civil war in Syria. The report, Invisible Wounds, reveals the insidious effects of conflict that have scarred the country’s youngest generation; a generation that will receive the legacy of a battered […]

The United Nations Set To Investigate War Crimes In Syria

The United Nations (UN) has pledged to investigate the most serious crimes committed during the civil war in Syria. It has established an investigative unit to document and collate evidence of the atrocities committed by all parties that could be used for future international and national prosecutions. This represents a […]

Race, Inequality, And Police Brutality In France

On Thursday 2 February, a 22-year-old man was raped and brutalized by police officers in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Theo, cleared of any criminal activity, suffered severe injuries from the sexual assault. This latest attack reflects a disturbing reality for those living in the banlieues of Paris, which are the impoverished neighbourhoods and […]

Refugees In Serbia Face Freezing Temperatures, Abuse, and Deportations

In the abandoned warehouses and streets of Belgrade, refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and beyond struggle with the living conditions they sought to escape. The harsh winter that has swept Europe, coupled with the bitter reception of refugees by European governments, has ensured that suffering and a perpetual feeling of […]

Uncovering The Past: Mass Graves And The Pursuit For Truth

In Northern Iraq and Syria, evidence of Islamic State’s (IS) terror lies buried in unmarked graves. In Mexico, secrecy and suspicion shroud the cases of missing persons, believed dead at the hands of cartels. In Lebanon, the haunting memories of civil war lie just below the streets’ surface. For many […]

Malaysia’s Humanitarian Response To The Rohingya of Myanmar

A group of Malaysian government and non-government organisations have pledged to send an aid flotilla bound for Rakhine state in Myanmar. The decision comes in the wake of devastating attacks upon the Rohingya population of Rakhine, who have faced ongoing persecution as a Muslim minority in a predominantly Buddhist country. […]

The Lake Chad Basin And How The World Failed To Notice A Humanitarian Crisis

As 2016 comes to a close, aid agencies have reflected upon a year of devastation for the world’s populations who experience the most suffering. While the horrors in Syria are shameful in itself, and the restrictive border policies of Europe, Australia, and the United States (US) have reflected an immoral […]

The Dangers Of Being An Aid Worker In Conflict Settings

  On Monday 19 December, an aid worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was abducted in Afghanistan after he was taken from his vehicle between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz. While the other aid workers were released, this latest abduction reflects a growing trend of danger and risk […]

Navigating The Victim/Perpetrator Complex At The International Criminal Court: The Case Of Dominic Ongwen

The trial of former child soldier Dominic Ongwen, which began on Tuesday December 6th at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has raised existential questions about the actions of humankind in times of war and suffering. Ongwen’s case is particularly complex as it is the first to charge an individual for […]

A New Chapter For Gambia

After 22 years of rule by a repressive autocrat, Gambia is now able to provide new hope for its people. The December elections resulted in the victory of Adama Barrow, who will take over the presidency of Yahya Jammeh. In a country where political opponents, dissidents, and journalists are imprisoned, […]