Stories about War & Conflict from November, 2016
“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.
"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."
Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives
“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”
In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root
"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."
In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows
The Kurdish struggle remains one of the most compelling storylines of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but often ignored by the international community.
How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir
"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."
Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”
"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."
Eastern Aleppo Health Director: Due to Systematic Attacks Against Hospitals, All Are Now Out of Service
As the Syrian regime and Russian government continue their assault on besieged Eastern Aleppo, the Aleppo Health Directorate announced that all remaining hospitals in Aleppo are out of service.
The Uphill Battle of Protecting Syrian Antiquities Amidst War
"In every military faction, including the regime’s army, you find a group involved in facilitating excavations and smuggling operations."
Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime
"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"
She Misses Being a Guerrilla, but This Former FARC Fighter Is Starting a New Life Back Home
Xiomara picked up a gun and joined the FARC at age 14. Like thousands of other women, she is now figuring out how to leave that life behind.
Braving Crackdowns by India, These Young Kashmiri Volunteers Keep Neighbourhoods Safe
In the past three months, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Reserve Police have arrested around 7,000 people in the Kashmir Valley often at the dead of the night.
Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket
"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."
Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran
A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.
Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use
"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"
Sweden Joins International Effort to Recognize ‘World Kobane Day’
Several Swedish cities have joined the “World Kobane Day” movement in solidarity with the city that fought and defeated ISIS in 2015.
Sleeping or Dead – Part 1: “Everything Screams Death”
"An electric current that would be enough to re-power my neighborhood...ran through my body." The first in a six-part series by Sarmad Al-Jilane about his experiences in a Syrian prison.
These Are the Stories of Teachers Who Resist Violence in Northern Paraguay
"The problem is cultural. The solution, cultural."
A Man's Haunting Tale of Escape After the Vietnam War
Many believe that war-torn countries are inhabited by the spirits of those whose lives were lost. Among those who died were refugees who escaped the country by boat.