Deadly conflict and political crisis are driving human suffering on a staggering scale. A record high of over 65 million people have been forced from their homes and almost 74 million face acute hunger due primarily to conflict and violence. The last decade has seen an increase in war and political violence, yet that is not the only factor underlying this trend. Many actors – leaders, governments and non-state armed groups – are deepening human misery for their own ends, often deliberately inflicting pain on civilians or using political or military tactics despite the enormous human cost. Through its reporting and advocacy, Crisis Group seeks to increase understanding of these dynamics and inform policies to limit the human costs of conflict.
The Syrian war grinds lethally on, as regime forces move to recapture rebel-held areas. In our first-ever illustrated commentary, Crisis Group explores one holdout, Idlib, where three million Syrians – many already displaced – chafe at jihadist rule but dread the coming onslaught.
I think we're at an inflection point — because of what’s happening in Yemen and in the U.S.
In areas where there is a very great concentration of Central American migrants you are seeing a xenophobic reaction similar to what you see … in any other part of the world where you see an intense influx of migrants with very few resources
A better chance of success would be a deal whereby the Houthis permit a neutral third-party monitoring of shipments coming through the [Hodeida] port, essentially moving UNVIM [UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen] onshore.
The fall of East Ghouta is another step towards Assad’s consolidation of control in Syria’s center.
The fact that [abuse of women and children] has increased so much in this past year or two is also directly related to the deteriorating economic situation in Libya.
[Afghan refugees] settle around urban centres, which may be relatively safe, but what essentially happens is it cuts them off from communities they belong to.