Larisa Epatko serves as Peace Direct’s Senior Communications Officer in Washington DC, helping with the organization’s media relations, social media, public events and engagement. She previously worked as a reporter and producer for the foreign affairs team at the PBS NewsHour, reporting in places such as South Sudan, Pakistan, Haiti and Iraq.

Latest from Larisa Epatko

Voices from the Frontlines: ‘Never underestimate the power of one person’

The Sri Lankan civil war, which pitched government forces against the Tamil Tigers from 1983 to 2009, left lingering wounds in the Asian island nation. Dishani Senaratne, a writer from the capital Colombo, recognized that if children of different ethnicities could read the same stories in their own languages, they could find common ground and get a better understanding of each other’s cultures. Read more »

14 April 2020

Voices from the Frontlines: 'A life filled with guns is not normal'

Binalakshmi Nepram is working tirelessly in the United States to spread the word about a long-simmering conflict in India's Northeastern region of Manipur. There, an insurgency has led to a military crackdown and the killing or disappearance of thousands of residents by state and non-state actors. Read more »

27 January 2020

Voices from the Frontlines: Iraqis are 'just wishing for a better life'

Noor Ghazi was born and raised in Iraq's capital Baghdad. In 2003, after Saddam Hussein was removed from power, her family left for Syria with hopes to soon return. But fighting in Iraq continued and life in Syria brought its own challenges, so Ghazi and her family traveled to the U.S. as refugees in 2008 when she was 18 years old. In a recent phone conversation, she shared her story and her belief in the power of education to create a more peaceful world. Read more »

16 January 2020

Voices from the Frontlines: Quilt in Bogotá spreads hope in Colombia

Yolanda Perea Mosquera and other women’s rights advocates in Colombia are sewing a colorful quilt. They plan to spread it out over the central square in the capital Bogotá in late November. Their message: “cover me with your hope.” Read more »

23 October 2019