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On Wednesday, September 13th, Reiff Center Director Dr. Suparna Chaudhry  led a professional development workshop for CNU students who were interested in learning more about being successful in the field of Human Rights. She was joined by the Director of the CNU Center for Career Planning, Libby Westley, and countless students of CNU that evening, all…

Comments Off on Civil Unrest in Ethiopia Leads to Government Crackdown

Ethiopia is one of East Africa’s fastest growing economies. Though its per capita income is much lower than the regional average, the economy doubled the regional economic growth average with an annual growth rate of 10.8%. The percentage of Ethiopians living in extreme poverty has decreased from 55.3% in 2000 to 33.5% in 2011. This…

Hundreds of people continue to arrive each day in Kibati. 2 million people are now displaced across the DRC; the highest figure the country has seen since 2009. 

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Comments Off on No End in Sight in the Congo

  Images of men crouching with machine guns. Pictures of lifeless bodies in villages. Child soldiers, warlords, and massive carnage. Chances are, these are probably some of the first things you think of when you hear about the Congo. The DR Congo or Democratic Republic of Congo seems to be rife with human rights issues….

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Comments Off on A Day that Changed Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison 25 Years Ago

  Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He went on to transform South Africa – ending apartheid and instituting democracy, a process of healing, and human rights. In the late 1980s, the South African government under F.W. de Klerk had made it clear that it was open to negotiations, and anticipation…

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Comments Off on Thinking about the genocide in Rwanda, 20 years later

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Within 100 days, extremist Hutu killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The level of brutality still shocks today – on average 10,000 lives lost, day after day. Dignitaries from around the world commemorated the tragedy in this small African country earlier today. UN Secretary-General Ban…

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Following former Foreign Service Officer Judy Buelow’s lecture on Practical Peace Building in Mali, a few questions came to my mind. Can international intervention end a civil conflict effectively? How can outsiders bring peace to a nation ravaged by the total collapse of its government post-coup d’état, torn apart by Islamic militant groups? After pondering…

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Comments Off on From CNU to Uganda – Matt Killham is changing the world

By Matt Killham. As a freshman at Christopher Newport University, I was very engaged in the volunteer spirit that was prevalent throughout the student body.  The number of people willing to help out was only matched by the number of volunteering opportunities available.  While some people tackled environmental sustainability or cancer research and awareness, my passion…