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Our Top Ten Stories of 2015 [Draft]

Iraq's Pure Soul

IWPR's executive director describes the respect and affection people had for Ammar Al Shahbander.
Hope is a scarce commodity in Iraq. It was further diminished when one of the country’s few dreamers, fell victim to one more act of senseless violence.

Syria: "Don't Cry, I'm Alive"

A family nearly comes to grief while fleeing no-man’s land in Douma.
23 year old Hiba recounts how she and her family were among the last to leave the city before the Free Syrian Army captured the town from government forces in October 2012.

Afghanistan's Working Children

They should be in school but family hardship forces them to spend their days earning money.
Nine-year-old Breshna chased after cars in the middle of a Kabul street, offering hats for sale.

For Tajikistan, Kunduz Battles Too Close for Comfort

How worried should Central Asian leaders be about the rising strength of insurgents in Afghanistan's north?
The capture of the Afghan city of Kunduz by Taleban in late September caused consternation in nearby Tajikistan, and sparked rumours that Russian forces might return to guard the porous border.

Unfinished Business in Kyrgyzstan

Five years on from bloodshed, shiny new buildings belie an enduring sense of unease and mistrust between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.
Walk through the city of Osh today and you would never guess that it was the scene of ethnically-motivated mob violence and arson attacks on a massive scale five years ago.

Traveller's Survival Guide to East Ukraine

Local journalist on the risks people face when they cross paramilitary checkpoints.
Never touch weapons, keep your mouth shut, travel as little as possible and don’t carry a smartphone. These are rules for an ordinary person to survive armed rebellions.

Cuba's Lucrative Medical Aid Programme

Healthcare workers on foreign assignments have to hand over much of their pay to the Cuban government.
Those who join the “medical brigades” abroad enjoy higher wages, a more comfortable lifestyle and access to superior goods. At the same time, they have to surrender at least 50 per cent of their income to their government.

Srebrenica: Remembrance and Denial

"Never again" does not mean much when divisions remain so deep.
There are still those who contest the basic facts of the massacre, while the date also serves to underline how much work remains to be done to achieve reconciliation in the region.

Our Top Ten Stories of 2015

Iraq's Pure Soul

IWPR's executive director describes the respect and affection people had for Ammar Al Shahbander.
Hope is a scarce commodity in Iraq. It was further diminished when one of the country’s few dreamers, fell victim to one more act of senseless violence.

Syria: "Don't Cry, I'm Alive"

A family nearly comes to grief while fleeing no-man’s land in Douma.
23 year old Hiba recounts how she and her family were among the last to leave the city before the Free Syrian Army captured the town from government forces in October 2012.

Afghanistan's Working Children

They should be in school but family hardship forces them to spend their days earning money.
Nine-year-old Breshna chased after cars in the middle of a Kabul street, offering hats for sale.

For Tajikistan, Kunduz Battles Too Close for Comfort

How worried should Central Asian leaders be about the rising strength of insurgents in Afghanistan's north?
The capture of the Afghan city of Kunduz by Taleban in late September caused consternation in nearby Tajikistan, and sparked rumours that Russian forces might return to guard the porous border.

Unfinished Business in Kyrgyzstan

Five years on from bloodshed, shiny new buildings belie an enduring sense of unease and mistrust between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.
Walk through the city of Osh today and you would never guess that it was the scene of ethnically-motivated mob violence and arson attacks on a massive scale five years ago.

Traveller's Survival Guide to East Ukraine

Local journalist on the risks people face when they cross paramilitary checkpoints.
Never touch weapons, keep your mouth shut, travel as little as possible and don’t carry a smartphone. These are rules for an ordinary person to survive armed rebellions.

Cuba's Lucrative Medical Aid Programme

Healthcare workers on foreign assignments have to hand over much of their pay to the Cuban government.
Those who join the “medical brigades” abroad enjoy higher wages, a more comfortable lifestyle and access to superior goods. At the same time, they have to surrender at least 50 per cent of their income to their government.

Srebrenica: Remembrance and Denial

"Never again" does not mean much when divisions remain so deep.
There are still those who contest the basic facts of the massacre, while the date also serves to underline how much work remains to be done to achieve reconciliation in the region.

Outstanding stories from 2015 [Draft]

Iraq's Pure Soul

IWPR's executive director describes the respect and affection people had for Ammar Al Shahbander.
Hope is a scarce commodity in Iraq. It was further diminished when one of the country’s few dreamers, fell victim to one more act of senseless violence.

Syria: "Don't Cry, I'm Alive"

A family nearly comes to grief while fleeing no-man’s land in Douma.
23 year old Hiba recounts how she and her family were among the last to leave the city before the Free Syrian Army captured the town from government forces in October 2012.

Afghanistan's Working Children

They should be in school but family hardship forces them to spend their days earning money.
Nine-year-old Breshna chased after cars in the middle of a Kabul street, offering hats for sale.

For Tajikistan, Kunduz Battles Too Close for Comfort

How worried should Central Asian leaders be about the rising strength of insurgents in Afghanistan's north?
The capture of the Afghan city of Kunduz by Taleban in late September caused consternation in nearby Tajikistan, and sparked rumours that Russian forces might return to guard the porous border.

Unfinished Business in Kyrgyzstan

Five years on from bloodshed, shiny new buildings belie an enduring sense of unease and mistrust between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.
Walk through the city of Osh today and you would never guess that it was the scene of ethnically-motivated mob violence and arson attacks on a massive scale five years ago.

Traveller's Survival Guide to East Ukraine

Local journalist on the risks people face when they cross paramilitary checkpoints.
Never touch weapons, keep your mouth shut, travel as little as possible and don’t carry a smartphone. These are rules for an ordinary person to survive armed rebellions.

Cuba's Lucrative Medical Aid Programme

Healthcare workers on foreign assignments have to hand over much of their pay to the Cuban government.
Those who join the “medical brigades” abroad enjoy higher wages, a more comfortable lifestyle and access to superior goods. At the same time, they have to surrender at least 50 per cent of their income to their government.

Srebrenica: Remembrance and Denial

"Never again" does not mean much when divisions remain so deep.
There are still those who contest the basic facts of the massacre, while the date also serves to underline how much work remains to be done to achieve reconciliation in the region.

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