Ten Stories: 2004
- Uganda: Child soldiers at centre of mounting humanitarian crisis
With an armed rebellion threatening to undermine Uganda’s progress to economic development, child soldiers emerge as central figures amid deadly violence and growing humanitarian emergency.
- Central African Republic: a silent crisis crying out for help
One of the world’s poorest countries, CAR is a cauldron of turbulence that threatens to undermine peace efforts in Central Africa.
- AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: a looming threat to future generations
While the tragedy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been drawing increased media attention, one the most troubling aspects of it – the long-term impact on African societies of some 11 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa – has been featured less often.
- The peacekeeping paradox: as peace spreads, surge in demand strains UN
In an often overlooked phenomenon, the resources needed to help keep the peace are being strained by so much peace to keep.
- Tajikistan: rising from the ashes of civil war
Despite formidable challenges in the aftermath of a deadly civil war, Tajikistan persists on the road to peace and recovery in a scarcely reported effort.
- Women as peacemakers: from victims to re-builders of society
While the plight of women in war often gets close media attention, what is often overlooked is the vital role played by them in negotiating peace and rebuilding societies.
- Persons with disabilities: a treaty seeks to break new ground in ensuring equality
A milestone international accord is in the works to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
- Bakassi Peninsula: Recourse to the law to prevent conflict
International Court of Justice and the Secretary-General’s good offices offer a peaceful way to resolve a long-simmering border dispute.
- Overfishing: a threat to marine biodiversity
Despite its crucial importance for the survival of humanity, marine biodiversity is in ever-greater danger, with the depletion of fisheries among biggest concerns.
- Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation
A number of Amazonian groups face extinction as their space to live away from the modern world disappears.