October 9, 2014 / Untold Stories by Joshua Hammer

A year and a half ago, the world watched crowds cheer as French soldiers liberated Timbuktu and Gao. But the real war was unfolding hundreds of miles away: in a desolate valley called the Ametettaï.

October 3, 2014 / Untold Stories by Joshua Hammer

Abdel Kader Haidara earned much media attention for smuggling 377,000 manuscripts from Timbuktu during Al Qaeda's occupation. The real hero was his nephew, who repeatedly put his life on the line

October 3, 2014 / Untold Stories by Misha Friedman

Russian law prohibiting the dissemination of "homosexual propaganda" to minors claims its first victims: a small weekly newspaper ordered to pay a hefty fine and a teacher fired from his job.

September 30, 2014 / The New York Times by Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer

When the Islamic State threatened Kirkuk's borders, Kurdish peshmerga rushed in to protect it. But some of the city's residents see the presence of Kurdish forces as an occupying force.

September 30, 2014 / Harper's by Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer

When the Islamic State pushed Iraqi Christians from their homes, many fled to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. There, some sought refuge in the concrete frame of a future shopping mall.

September 30, 2014 / Mashable by Daniella Zalcman

In Uganda there is great breadth and nuance to religious leaders' opinions on homosexuality, and to the messages they deliver to their congregations.

September 22, 2014 / Untold Stories by Alice Su

A photo portrait of refugee life in Lebanon, which has more Syrian refugees per capita than any other country. Without official camps or sufficient funding, these refugees struggle to survive.

September 17, 2014 / Voice of America by Sebastian Meyer

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled their homes ahead of the Islamic State onslaught. Despite U.S. airstrikes, the prospect of these refugees returning is very low.

September 17, 2014 / Untold Stories by Misha Friedman

Crimean officials ramp up homophobic rhetoric.

September 16, 2014 / Newsweek by James Harkin

Since the first week of July, Kobani has been under intense attack on all fronts. Though the results of the campaign are inconclusive, it’s clear that the Islamists are making incremental gains.

September 15, 2014 / Moment by Yigal Schleifer

A member of the European Union, Hungary finds itself led by a populist who has publicly declared he would like to turn the country into an "illiberal democracy." Where does the country go from here?

September 11, 2014 / Untold Stories by Selin Thomas

Just one family of thousands forced to flee Syria after the eruption of war, the Koksals illustrate the tremendous hardships and complexities of the refugee population in Turkey.