Top Picks: September 21-25

Photo of the week: Broken glass and headgear lie on the ground outside the al-Balili mosque in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/24/yemen-suicide-bomb-blast-mosque-prayers

Photo of the week: Broken glass and headgear lie on the ground outside the al-Balili mosque in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/24/yemen-suicide-bomb-blast-mosque-prayers

This week's Top Picks is brought to you by Tracey Begley, Public Affairs Officer.

Although news in DC this week focused on the visits of Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping of China to the US, interesting articles ranging from the effects of conflict on war reporters to the nearing of the end of peace negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government caught my eye. Here are a few of the stories I’ve been reading…

Guantánamo captives despair as Yemen civil war severs family links- Conflicts in the Middle East continue to rage.  The Miami Herald reports on how fighting in Yemen is detrimentally affecting Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

The New York Times has released a powerful infographic on the number of casualties in Syria as well as a piece of investigative journalism on US Marines being told to ignore the fact that Afghan military counterparts were abusing boys

U.S. Will Accept More Refugees as Crisis Grows - As these conflicts and others fuel a steady stream of desperate refugees seeking a peaceful place to live, European nations have been discussing how to address the increasing number of people coming to the countries.  In the midst of these discussions, Secretary Kerry announced that the US will admit 100,000 refugees in 2017.

Why the Best War Reporter in a Generation Had to Suddenly Stop- Finally, Esquire has published an article about why C.J. Chivers, a renowned war reporter (many say the best of our time), has decided to stop reporting from conflict zones.  The article reminds us how reporters, aid workers, and others are deeply affected by conflicts, and humanizes the people behind the many stories and photographs we see coming out of war zones. 

Farc peace talks: Colombia nears historic deal after agreement on justice and reparations- To the south, there are reports that the FARC and the Colombian government are nearing an end to the peace negotiations that have been ongoing for months.  One aspect of the negotiation, regarding justice and reparations for victims, is nearing a closure, clearing a path for the entire agreement to be signed in the coming months.  

Editor's note: A small but important caveat: just because something is featured here doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it. The views expressed in the links we're highlighting don't necessarily reflect those of the ICRC.