From July to September, IRIN took a critical look inside the UN mission in Myanmar as it struggled to respond to mass abuses of the Rohingya people, and provided a ground-level view of the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Our early warning radar honed in on Congo’s spiralling Kasai conflict, and we published a special in-depth report on Iraqi Kurdistan’s pivotal independence referendum. In the aftermath of a record-breaking hurricane season, we also landed project-specific funding to report on the humanitarian consequences of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.
To help deliver on one of our key ambitions – to grow our audience and strengthen engagement with our readers – we have begun working with a digital agency to better understand user behaviour and preferences and improve our digital platform and strategy. Your feedback will be critical to that, so stay tuned for an audience survey!
And for all of us in the fight to preserve quality journalism, here’s a small contribution from me. My TEDx Talk “Stop eating junk news” drives home the importance of unbiased, in-depth journalism about the biggest challenges of our time. After all, we cannot prevent, respond to, or resolve crises if we do not properly understand them.
Thank you, as ever, for your support. It is crucial to our efforts to put quality, independent journalism at the service of the most vulnerable people on Earth.
Heba Aly, Director of IRIN