In Depth Reports

  • On the verge of collapse

    22 September 2016

    Fish stocks in our oceans are already depleted and could be in terminal decline due to the twin effects of climate change and overfishing. Scientists are warning of an emerging health crisis in poor countries in the vulnerable tropical zone. This multi-part investigation explores where we are...

  • Boko Haram

    1 September 2016

    Six years of Boko Haram violence has killed more than 25,000 people and forced 2.5 million from their homes. But the war is not yet won and the humanitarian impact will be felt for many years to come.

  • The year the world woke up to refugees

    17 June 2016

    This year, World Refugee Day comes in the midst of a growing crisis of displacement. IRIN has been covering events closely, not just in the Middle East and Europe but around the world. Here’s a collection of our best stories.

  • Forgotten Conflicts

    28 April 2016

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

  • COP21

    31 December 2015

    The science is clear. It’s the deal, as ever, that’s complicated.

  • FGM

    26 November 2015

    Razor's Edge - The Controversy of Female Genital Mutilation

  • Ebola

    22 November 2015

    Highlights and multimedia on the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

  • Sexual Violence

    20 November 2015

    Some years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. But while the case seemed to spark global outrage, what has come of that shock and anger? What has really changed? IRIN explores how people are fighting back against the normalization of sexual violence.

  • War on Drugs

    1 October 2015

    After billions of dollars spent and countless lives lost, the war on drugs has been at best a misguided endeavor. IRIN explores the collateral damage wrought by global drug policy in developing countries.

  • Central African Republic

    30 November 2013

    Since a coup in March 2013, any semblance of law and order in the Central African Republic has vanished. The state has ceased to exist. As rebels-turned-bandits, mostly Muslim, battle Christian self-defence units, violence is spiraling out of control. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes. As world powers finally begin to intervene, IRIN presents a detailed, analytical picture of events in a country on the brink of catastrophe.

  • Trouble in Timbuktu

    23 June 2013

    On 2 April 2012, Islamist militants, including some self-styled jihadists, overran the ancient desert city of Timbuktu, in northern Mali. They installed a brutal and alien form of Sharia law, which remained in effect until a French intervention force put them to flight nine months later. This series looks at life under (and after) Islamic rule through several inhabitants of Timbuktu.

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