civil war

  • August 15, 2014  

    Eight months of civil war in South Sudan has forced more than 1.5 million people out of their homes. Even those who found shelter in United Nations camps around the country endure desperate living situations, made worse by the country’s rainy season. Special correspondent Nick Harper reports from the town of Malakal. Continue reading

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    A photo of a 7-year-old boy holding up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier has caused uproar in Australia, home to a convicted terrorist who fled to Syria last year to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Continue reading

  • June 3, 2014  

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford explains to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner that he left his post in February because he could “no longer defend” U.S. policy in Syria. He also criticized the Obama administration for what he calls its “behind the curve” policy and claimed that al-Qaida groups would have been “unable to compete” in Syria if the administration would have armed the moderate opposition a few years ago. Continue reading

  • June 3, 2014  

    In state-controlled parts of Syria, thousands of voters came out to show support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is overwhelming expected to win the country’s election. However, in Syria’s north and west where rebels hold sway, voting didn’t take place. At one refugee camp in Jordan, displaced Syrians dropped shoes in a symbolic trashcan to demonstrate their disgust. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    Video footage purporting to show a chlorine gas attack in the Syrian village of Kfar Zeita on Thursday was released by Syrian opposition activists. It would be evidence of a new chemical weapons campaign in the country’s civil war. Activists say the small village north of Damascus has been hit by a two-month-long aerial chemical assault in which chlorine canisters have been dropped from helicopters. Continue reading

  • May 19, 2014  

    In the 1980s and ’90s, Kyaw Thu was one of Myanmar’s leading film stars, appearing in more than 200 movies. He was so popular that the military government cast him in several propaganda films. But when he turned down a role, it ended his acting career. Instead, he founded a service that provides funerals for those who can’t afford them. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of personal transformation. Continue reading

  • May 7, 2014  

    The war in Syria seems to be tipping in favor of Assad’s forces, despite some rebel strongholds. Ties to extremists among some rebel factions have made the U.S. wary of offering military support. But the chief moderate political force opposing Assad, the Syrian Opposition Coalition, has been granted diplomatic status by the State Department. Margaret Warner interviews SOC representative Ahmad Jabra. Continue reading

  • May 2, 2014  

    Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to South Sudan to urge President Salva Kiir to meet the opposition and halt a four-month civil war. In recent weeks, hundreds of civilians have been slaughtered in the Bentiu, and more than a million people have fled to escape the fighting. Jeffrey Brown talks to former British foreign secretary David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee. Continue reading

  • April 1, 2014  

    Syria’s civil war has killed more than 140,000 people. The city of Homs, once seen as the capital of the revolution, is now mostly controlled by government forces. Attack and starvation drove scores of rebels to flee or surrender, while the UN evacuated civilians in February. And yet, life goes on for some inhabitants. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from the besieged city. Continue reading

  • March 24, 2014  

    After 14 years of civil war, more than 40 percent of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. But most have nowhere to turn; the cash-strapped West African nation has only one psychiatrist for 4 million people. Special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on one man’s devotion to healing these national psychological scars. Video shot by Ben Niles of Plow Productions Continue reading