Fragile States

Didier Kassai uses comics to "transmit a message." His father opposed to a career in art until Kassai began earning money for his drawings. Here he sits in his office in Bangui, Central African Republic. Image by Cassandra Vinograd. Central African Republic, 2018.
April 21, 2018 / NPR
by Cassandra Vinograd

In the troubled Central African Republic, Didier Kassai and a small coterie of comic-strip artists are using their work for social good.

Joshua Hammer, author and foreign correspondent, recently returned from a visit to Zimbabwe to write about the last days of the dictator Robert Mugabe. Image by Joshua Hammer. Zimbabwe, 2017.
April 16, 2018
by Joshua Hammer

Author and reporter Joshua Hammer travels back to Zimbabwe to cover dictator Robert Mugabe's last days.

Returning from patrol, a ranger hands in his weapon to Chinko’s armory. Image by Jack Losh. Central African Republic, 2018.
April 10, 2018 / Vice
by Jack Losh

Rangers and conservationists fight to protect a unique wilderness in the face of poaching raids, armed cattle herders and warring militias.

Illustration by Javier Zarracina. Image courtesy of Vox.
April 3, 2018
by Kim Pate

This week: Why Pakistan and India are equipping their submarines with nuclear-tipped missiles, what life is like for ethnic minority Vietnamese living in Cambodia, and how armed groups have filled a...

Protesters voice their opposition to the current liberal South Korean government's "Sunshine" policy of pursuing peace talks with North Korea. Image by Rachel Oswald. South Korea, 2018.
April 2, 2018
by Rachel Oswald, Reza Sayah

Reporting from South Korea, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India featured in visit to North Carolina Campus Consortium partner. 

Women walk past a U.N. vehicle at the entrance to the sprawling camp in Kaga-Bandoro for thousands of families displaced by civil conflict. Image by Jack Losh. Central African Republic, 2018.
March 27, 2018 / The Washington Post
by Jack Losh

Years of conflict and mismanagement have divided this former French colony where armed groups control much of the country and put on a show of statehood.

Amsha Ali Alyas cares for her sons Muiad and Delbrin in her parent’s home outside the Iraqi city of Duhok. She escaped from ISIS captivity in the summer of 2014. Image by Emily Feldman. Iraq, 2015.
March 22, 2018
by Emily Feldman

Journalist Emily Feldman speaks at the University of Pennsylvania about her reporting on the Yazidi community.  

March 22, 2018
by Joshua Hammer

Robert Mugabe's downfall after 37 years in power left beleaguered Zimbabweans euphoric, but the rise of Emmanuel Mnangagwa, aka The Crocodile, suggests that the rejoicing might be premature.

First Lady Grace Mugabe joins her first meeting of the Politburo of ZANU–PF. Image courtesy of Wikicommons user Brainy263. Zimbabwe, 2015.
March 22, 2018 / The New York Review of Books
by Joshua Hammer

How did Robert Mugabe's rule end? With a mysterious poisoning, a clandestine flight across the border, a standoff at the airport, and a furious shootout in a Harare suburb. Here's the whole story.

March 21, 2018
by Ivan Sigal

Journalist Ivan Sigal's multi-channel installation KCR explores the abandoned railway that once connected divergent neighborhoods of Pakistan's largest metropolitan area.

Children learn in a makeshift classroom located in a sprawling camp for thousands of displaced families in the Central African Republic. Image by Jack Losh. Central African Republic, 2018.
March 16, 2018 / The Times
by Jack Losh

As a sex-for-grades scandal blights schools in the Central African Republic, a young group of pupils fights this abuse and corruption to champion the rights of children on the margins

Tracks Under Karachi Port Trust Interchange, Karachi, Pakistan. Image from KCR, by Ivan Sigal. Pakistan, 2014-2017.
March 14, 2018
by Alyssa Sperrazza, Ivan Sigal

Ivan Sigal's projected covering the Karachi's abandoned railroad system was released in 2014, and it continues to be shared in exhibits and festivals across the globe.