Heather Stephenson is a senior writer at Tufts and editor of Fletcher Magazine. She has reported from Europe, Asia, and Africa, and was previously editor-in-chief and publisher at the Appalachian Mountain Club and an editor at Our Bodies Ourselves.
All across the planet, nations are struggling for an answer to the question of what to do with the millions of people fleeing war, persecution, violence, and hunger. No one seems to want this displaced population. That includes the government of Kenya, which after twenty-five years of hosting one of the world’s largest refugee camps is now trying to shut the whole thing down. Under this looming threat, the U.N.’s Denis Alma Kuindje, F07, works to project hope in what just may be a hopeless situation.
Three decades ago, an agreement designed to end the Colombian civil war collapsed in bloodshed. Last fall, voters rejected a second deal years in the making. Now, the country has a rare third chance to make peace work.
After Ukrainians ousted their corrupt president three years ago, a spirit of revolution brought a wave of young, energetic reformers into government. What they lacked in experience, they made up for in passion. But upending the crushing status quo hasn’t been easy.