In-Depth

Forgotten Conflicts

Drawing attention to the wars we neglect

As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. 

As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. 

Many of them don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts – from Colombia to the Ogaden, from Kashmir to Western Sahara – is just as devastating for the people who live there. 

In a series of special features, IRIN examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace of conflicts in Myanmar, Casamance, South Kordofan, southern Thailand, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

Then, we turn to you. Send us your reporting suggestions, and we’ll do our best to keep other overlooked conflicts on the world’s radar. Tweet us: @irinnews #ForgottenConflicts

  • Feature

    HAS VIDEO South Kordofan

    South Kordofan

    3 August 2015
    Journalists are banned by the Sudanese government from entering the rebel-held region, where civilians have taken to living in caves to survive the endless bombing.
  • Feature

    HAS VIDEO Casamance Senegal

    Casamance

    3 August 2015
    Atrocities in nearby countries have stolen the regional headlines over the years, but the low-intensity separatist struggle in Casamance is West Africa’s longest-running civil conflict.
  • Feature

    Southern Thailand

    3 August 2015
    Conflict in Thailand's four southernmost provinces has claimed more than 6,300 lives since 2004 but rarely makes headlines outside the country.
  • Feature

    Myanmar

    5 November 2015
    Can elections and a newly minted ceasefire lay the foundation for peace?