Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story gives an insight into the work that goes into IWPR articles and the challenges faced by our trainees at every stage of the editorial process. This feature allows our journalists to explain where they get the inspiration for their articles, why the subjects matter to them, and how they personally have felt affected by the often controversial issues they explore. It also shows the difficulties writers can face as they try to get to the heart of a story.

Momcilo Perisic in the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)
14 Apr 2011

Covering a war crimes trial can be a bit like trying to put together an intricate puzzle, often without even knowing what the finished product should look like.

The entrance gate to the Dachau camp with its infamous slogan. (Photo: Ajdin Kamber/IWPR)
25 Mar 2011

As I packed for a trip to Dachau, where I was travelling with a group of survivors of the Bosnian 1992-95 war, I wondered what to bring with me. I had my video and photo cameras, several notebooks, a ticket and a passport. But while I was making the last check, to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything important, it suddenly occurred to me that the thing I needed most could not be packed in a suitcase.

Protests on February 22 in the centre of Sulaimaniyah, which demonstrators have dubbed Freedom Square. (Photo: Ara Ibrahim)
21 Mar 2011

When hundreds of people poured into the central square of Sulaimaniyah on February 17, to show solidarity with Tunisians and Egyptians as well as to call for reform and an end to corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan, I was just a curious reporter monitoring the situation.

10 Mar 2011

The outbreak of violence between Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad and nearby rural areas in June 2010 left more than 400 people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake.

2 Feb 2011

I met him in a cramped law firm located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Uganda’s crowded capital Kampala.

31 Jan 2011

Writing the IWPR special report on memorials to mark places of suffering connected to the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, I had the opportunity to talk to a large number of victims from different ethnic groups and heard many hard, emotional stories.

11 Jan 2011

I came up with the idea of writing about minority groups living on both sides of the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan after Uzbek president Islam Karimov’s visited the neighbouring country last October. 

17 Dec 2010

One day a journalist friend of mine told me he would like to discuss a very important decision with me.

13 Dec 2010

I first got the idea to write about the exploitation of young girls when I visited a friend in Bibia, 100 kilometres north of Gulu and not far from Uganda’s border with Sudan.

3 Dec 2010

When I started working on an article on Uzbekistan, published as Uzbek Prison Abuses Cause Psychological Damage, I realised I would face many difficulties in trying to report in this closed country.