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U.S. Department of State
Aid agencies sow seeds of hope
Aid agencies sow seeds of hope

I read the your report "Fierce clashes in Iraq as Islamic State seizes villages near Ramadi" (April 15) with a mixture of sadness, fear and exasperation. I am probably not alone in sometimes wanting to throw up my hands over the apparent normalcy of people settling their disputes over politics or religion through violence on an extreme scale. In the face of this all too common trend, I think it is critical to water the seeds of international peace-building capabilities. I'm referring to the State Department's Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau, USAID's Complex Crises Fund and Conflict Management and Mitigation Office, and the U.S. Institute of Peace....