(formerly IRIN News) Journalism from the heart of crises


  • Islamic law an answer for humanitarians?

    In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. 

  • Jihadi jurisprudence?

    Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers.

  • Profiting from torture

    Since 2009, hundreds and possibly thousands of refugees, most of them Eritrean, have been kidnapped in eastern Sudan and sold to traffickers in Egypt’s Sinai...
  • Revolution brings little to Sinai

    Nearly three years after a revolution that was meant to bring bread and dignity to Egyptians, the people of Sinai are still lacking both. Analysts have always said development of Egypt’s long-neglected Sinai Peninsula depended on political reform that, years ago, seemed an impossible dream. But even after the uprising that threw out the old political order, Sinai residents complain that their situation has only gotten worse.