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.

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.

Protests on February 22 in the centre of Sulaimaniyah, which demonstrators have dubbed Freedom Square. (Photo: Ara Ibrahim)
17 Aug 2010

I decided to write a story on Islamic classes in Iraqi schools after talking to kids in Baghdad who were confused by the messages in these courses – including a child who questioned whether he would one day need to kill his Christian friend.

1 Feb 2008

I was riding the bus home from work, staring out the window as we crossed the bustling al-Sinek Bridge in central Baghdad. The bridge runs over the Tigris River, and I noticed that convoys of four-wheel drive vehicles were crossing in the wrong direction.

20 Nov 2007

I’ve closely followed the news about a possible Turkish military invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan for several months.