Author: Sam Peters

Turkey Prepared To Win At All Costs In Libya

A recent report compiled by Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ) strongly implicates Turkey in the recruitment of U18s for active combat in Libya. Eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence on social media appear to verify these accusations, identifying numerous adolescent Syrians as fighters for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA)

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Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East

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How We Talk About Girl Soldiers: Lessons From Eastern Congo

Last year I was fortunate to be able to conduct research on the topic of child soldiery in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, supported by the University of Oxford. I met with former child soldiers and conducted interviews with leading NGOs in Goma, North Kivu province. My aim was to

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Coronavirus – Spare A Thought For Syria

As Syria begins to officially register its first Covid-19 fatalities, how long before an already gargantuan humanitarian tragedy plumbs new depths? The Syrian health ministry reported the loss of one woman on Sunday 29 March, with a further fatality the following day. To date there have been around two dozen

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FGM Abolition Leads To Female Empowerment In Rural Kenya

Founded in 2012, the grassroots women’s rights charity Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) works to abolish female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, and gender discrimination in rural Kenya. I spoke to co-founder Sayydah Garrett about the foundation’s mission and the inspiring changes it has wrought within Samburu and Maasai society. Sayydah’s

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Information Warfare Shaping Child Rights In Libya

Fighting continues to flare up across Libya, violating peace resolutions agreed at January’s Berlin summit. The destructive harvest of war is increasingly being reaped by the most innocent and vulnerable – children. With neither side respecting the rule of international law and with foreign elements continuing to provide arms in

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Teaching Peace In Eastern Congo

Education remains the key to development in conflict ridden Central Africa. I spoke to two directors of the educational NGO Justice Rising International to find out more about this ambitious project assisting community development via education in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Decades of atrocities, human rights violations and foreign

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Grassroots The Key To Ending Female Genital Mutilation

Earlier this month on 6 February, the global humanitarian community celebrated International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Officially established by the United Nations General Assembly, the day promotes awareness of the practice of FGM and lobbies for its total elimination. Aimed at ending FGM within a

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‘A Seed Sown Among Thorns’: Tshisekedi’s DRC One Year On

After a year in power, is the presidency of Felix Tshisekedi fated to fulfil the old adage: ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’? 900,000 refugees and 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) still in a state of flux within Congo’s borders. A nationwide measles epidemic that has killed 6,000—double the

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