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There Is One Less Major Conflict in the World Today. And That Gives Us Hope.

Treaty signed by Colombian government and rebel leaders (courtesy the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia)

It’s hard to stand in a place like Syria, see the devastation, and believe the fighting will ever stop. Not after five-and-a-half years of bloodshed and more broken ceasefires that anyone can remember. 

ICYMI: Syria Crisis Update, the Battle Against ISIS in Iraq, and More From Our Live Report

If you missed today's live broadcast, you can still get the latest on the situation in Syria and our emergency response, the battle against ISIS in Iraq, and how you're empowering refugees to reclaim their lives from the ashes of war. 

They Braved the Most Dangerous Road in Iraq. This Is What They Found at the End.

There is a highway that cuts roughly north-south through the top half of Iraq, between its two leading cities: Baghdad and Mosul. It is nicknamed "The Fastest Way." That used to be an accurate description—before ISIS. Before the highway was crisscrossed with battlefields and bombs. Before it became a border instead of a road.

Roadside Bombs, Dance Parties, and ISIS's Shrinking Empire

Along this stretch of land from Fallujah in central Iraq, all the way up to Mosul—this is where you’ll find the greatest need in Iraq right now. And it’s exactly where you’re working.

Dad Reunited With Family After Two Years of ISIS Occupation

Together again after so long apart!

Two years ago, ISIS swept across Iraq, capturing city after city. One day, militants arrived at Abraham’s hometown.

He was away at the time, but his parents, wife, and baby girl were there. His entire family came under the shadow of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate, oppressed and out of reach. ISIS consolidated its grip, making it impossible for Abraham return or even see his family.

Peacemaker Fridays: September 23, 2016

Reconciliation through tourism; honoring deceased refugees; and a teenager who created an app to stop bullying.

Here are the week's best stories of people reaching across enemy lines, loving the other, and waging peace...

How One Extremist Got Out

Screen capture from "Payback"

"I was completely fixated on the screen. And I watched people jumping out of those windows to avoid being burned alive. Not one moment did I think, These people have families—fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters. Not one moment."

"It was payback. It was retribution. It was fair dues."

Why Are So Few Families Returning to Fallujah?

Fallujah was quiet when we pulled into the city center, but that wasn’t surprising.  

Months of fighting, then clearing the city of ISIS holdouts, then clearing out traps and unexploded bombs—that all takes time, which meant families had to wait for a chance to come home. In the meantime, you made sure they had what they needed to hold on.

What Does Peace Look Like When You're Living in a War Zone? Real Libyans Answer.

"Libyan Kid" by Surian SoosaySurian Soosay / CC BY 2.0

International Day of Peace—seems like the annual reminder couldn't come at a more needed time.

After ISIS: Meet the First Families to Come Home to Fallujah

"Welcome home!"

That was your message to the very first Fallujah families coming home. After all the running, the fear, the wrongness of it all—families are finally coming home.

Airstrike Nearly Killed Him, But it Couldn't Stop Him From Going Back

"It was like the whole sky was shouting."

That is how our friend and colleague, Ihsan, described the most terrifying day of his life.

Peacemaker Fridays: September 16, 2016

An Israeli-Palestinian restaurant serving up food and peace; a website helping refugees find safe places to stay; and African refugees rushing to aid earthquake victims in Italy.

Here are the week's best stories of people reaching across enemy lines, loving the other, and waging peace...

Syria Delivery Complete: Thousands Fleeing War Now Have Food, Thanks to You

Your Syria delivery was a success!

As the world looked on, unsure how to respond or, in some cases, what Aleppo even is, you showed up with help and goodwill, just outside the besieged, battered city of Aleppo, Syria.

Our delivery teams arrived on the scene with boxes full of food for families. Each time the trucks pulled up, they were surrounded by hungry women, children, and men—young and old.

Fallujah Families Are About to Come Home: 4 Things You Need to Know

On September 17, nearly four months after the battle for Fallujah began, the first wave of families will be allowed to return home. More than 86,000 people have been living in the desert, enduring the 115-degree heat, waiting for this day to come.

But for these families, coming home will not be easy. They still face many challenges. Here's what you need to know...

The Language of Peace

Image: Edgardo W. Olivera / CC BY 2.0

I woke up to the news that four hospitals and a blood bank had been hit in Aleppo, Syria. I woke up yesterday to the news of a massive explosion in Kabul. I woke up the day before… should I go on?

Displaced Christian Girl in Iraq Has a Message for the World: We Will Be Back

Photo via Baghdad1 on Facebook

The girl in this photo grew up just outside Mosul, the largest—and last—ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

Shortly after capturing Mosul in 2014, ISIS set their sights on her community, Qaraqosh. Most of the 50,000 people who lived here are Assyrian Christians, including her.

What I Want My Kids to Know on September 11

Photo by Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0

9/11 is not over.

Fifteen years ago, we were launched into a tragedy we didn’t think was possible: America attacked during peacetime on its own soil. Our society was forever changed that day, and our children are still being impacted by it.

Among other things, 9/11 launched 2.7 million soldiers into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was one of them.

Today, I'm a mom. My kids weren’t alive when 9/11 happened. So how they view this defining moment depends a lot on me. Here’s what I want them to see and hear from their mom.

BREAKING: Aleppo Food Delivery Happening Now

"What is Aleppo?"

Yesterday, we suggested there's a better question: "Do you see Aleppo?"

Will we be the people who go when others simply debate? Will we skip the political posturing, the discouragement, the apathy and chose to actually do something?

You’ve given a resounding "yes," and now together we are responding.

Saving Lives in the Shadow of ISIS: Food for 200 Families on the Front Lines

This small town in northern Iraq sits on the very front lines of the fight against ISIS. Not near the front lines. On them.

THIS is where you brought lifesaving food for 200 families yesterday.

What Is Aleppo?

Omran Daqneesh, 5, after being rescued from an airstrike in Aleppo (YouTube)

What is Aleppo?

Aleppo is a place.

It’s not a hashtag, or a punchline, or a talking point to be exploited for political gain.

Aleppo deserves neither our ignorance nor our apathy.

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