My father and I heard on the radio the unexpected news that Rwanda’s Catholic bishops apologized for the Church’s complicity in the planning, aiding, and abetting of the 1994 genocide that claimed more than a million lives. This initiative, however, drew strong criticism from the government who found the apology “profoundly inadequate” and called instead… Read More An Important Step: the Catholic Church’s Apology over Role in Rwandan Genocide
Following a decade-long hiatus, it is pleasing to return to the lovely city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and witness first hand the hospitality and the lively ambiance. It is certainly a far cry from headlines such as “the rape capital of the world,” meant to raise awareness about the prevalence of… Read More Homage to a Congolese Hero
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared two West African nations—Senegal and Nigeria—free of the Ebola virus. This encouraging news of the successful containment of imported cases of Ebola is tempered by worrying figures. More than 10,000 cases—all but 27 of them have occurred inside Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea—have been reported in eight countries,… Read More A Glimmer of Hope in the Struggle to Contain the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak
South Sudan faces its sternest challenge yet, as a political struggle in the upper echelons of power threatens to engulf the world’s newest nation in a full-scale civil war with ethnic overtones. Fighting appears to have intensified even though rival factions recently signed a cease-fire, intended to suspend the five-week long hostilities, which has claimed… Read More South Sudan at a Crossroads: World’s Newest Nation at Risk
The dire situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), a landlocked country the size of Texas with a population of over 4 million, has sparked fears of a possible genocide and international efforts underway have so far failed to effectively prevent a serious humanitarian crisis. There have been disheartening reports of mass killings, beheadings of… Read More Can Disaster be Averted in the Central African Republic?
French President Francois Hollande received a hero’s welcome last weekend as he visited Mali’s historic city of Timbuktu, which French and Malian forces liberated from rebels and Islamist militants. The jury is still out on the merits and risks associated with external military intervention, but with widespread local support and international backing, the French-led mission… Read More Hollande hailed as Mali’s Savior
The fierce clashes between Burmese troops and Kachin rebels is a stark reminder of the misguided nature of the decision taken by the United States to lift all remaining sanctions on Burma without meaningful progress on peace efforts. The administration’s response to the escalating conflict has not been commensurate to the worsening crisis. In light… Read More Demanding Peace in Kachin State