In places where religions and cultures clash, the things we rely on to stay constant – education, social customs, the respect of human rights – can change drastically for the people caught in the middle.

  • The occupation of Syria by ISIS had drastic effects on the school lives of its children; effects that linger today. As one student explained, “I’m not going to school right now, I’m far behind because the Iraq government will not recognize the education received during the ISIL occupation of the city. During that time all we learned about was tanks and bombs and religious teachings.”
  • Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo live in constant fear of rape and sexual violence. In 2018, the United Nations documented thousands of cases of conflict-related sexual violence in the DRC, committed by most of the many warring parties.