Conflict brings suffering and trauma to millions. From Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Palestine and more, people are trapped in poverty and unrelenting conflict. In 2011, an estimated 4.3 million were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution. More than 800,000 people were forced to find refuge outside their own country and 3.5 million newly displaced within their own country's borders. Among agencies providing emergency assistance, there is growing concern about the shrinking humanitarian space for their work. Governments are more likely to prevent aid agencies from distributing aid to those in need.
Many of CWS's partners are actively involved in peacemaking initiatives in local communities and countries. In South Sudan the Maridi Service Agency is working with the victims of war to reintegrate them into the community and channelling their energy into sport and education. In Nicaragua, CEPAD trains and equips community mediators for rural communities. In Palestine, DSPR is a tireless advocate for just peace in the region.