In Depth Reports

  • 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.

  • No Ordinary Elections

    18 February 2013

    This documentary series presents a detailed anatomy of Kenya before the 4 March 2013 elections, through interviews with civil society experts, portraits of people from all walks of life, as well as a wealth of key data. It addresses key questions such as: Will devolution really bring power to the people? What drives the divisions between Kenyan communities? Why do Kenyan elections tend to trigger violence? Is Kenya ready if it happens again? Is there any justice for victims of such violence?

  • Kids in the City

    30 June 2010

    Around the globe, children cope with extraordinary hardships that belie their youth. They suffer violence inflicted by adults, they endure back-breaking work, they are left to fend for themselves in the world. 

  • Heroes of HIV

    25 August 2009

    A bishop, a colonel and a sex worker are among these inspiring portraits.

  • Gathering Storm

    8 December 2008

    From ingenious solutions to anxious preparations, see how peoples' lives are changing along with the climate. 

  • Forced to Flee

    27 October 2008

    Around the world, people must leave their homes to escape conflict, famine and economic hardship to find a better life. IRIN's series looked at the lives of those people who were forced to flee. 

  • Bitter-Sweet Harvest: Afghanistan's New War

    2 August 2004

    More than two years after the fall of the Taliban regime, as Afghanistan works to rebuild itself, poppy cultivation continues to prove a major obstacle in the country's quest for peace and stability. Experts in global counter-narcotics and political analysts warn of the fledgling Central Asian...

  • Nigeria Votes (2003)

    31 March 2003

    Only two general elections in Nigeria have been organised by civilian governments since independence from Britain in 1960. In each case, the elections were marred by irregularities and violence. In each case, they were followed by military overthrows.

    The presidential, legislative and...

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