Sofia Barbarani

Sofia Barbarani

Kurds

A look into Iraq's disputed Kirkuk before referendum

Iraq's disputed areas have long been a source of contention between Baghdad and the Kurds as both lay claim to them.

A look into Iraq's disputed Kirkuk before referendum

South Sudan

A day in the life of Juba's bicycle water vendors

With little access to safe water in South Sudan's capital, bike vendors play a crucial role by delivering it to people.

A day in the life of Juba's bicycle water vendors

Mental health

Venezuela's spiralling mental healthcare crisis

The country's economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing mental health crisis.

Venezuela's spiralling mental healthcare crisis

Venezuela

Venezuela: A route out of gangs via a rum distillery

How a robbery 13 years ago gave birth to the Alcatraz Project, a scheme that offers gang members work and coaching.

Venezuela: A route out of gangs via a rum distillery

Middle East

Civilians flee ISIL-held territory in Iraq

As Iraqi and coalition forces prepare for Mosul offensive, more people are seeking shelter in Iraq's Kurdish region.

Civilians flee ISIL-held territory in Iraq

Humanitarian crises

Iraqi cities struggle to recover in ISIL's aftermath

Widespread destruction, reduced municipal services and renewed social tensions plague cities liberated from ISIL.

Iraqi cities struggle to recover in ISIL's aftermath

War & Conflict

The orphans of ISIL

The armed group's rampage across northern Iraq has left many children struggling to cope with the loss of their parents.

The orphans of ISIL

Human Rights

Interactive: Iraq's exodus

An overview of the religious and ethnic groups forced to flee from the Islamic State group's advance.

Interactive: Iraq's exodus

Iraq

Iraq divided over control of Kirkuk

Baghdad has accused the Kurdistan Regional Government of using the chaos in Iraq to seize control of the disputed city.

Iraq divided over control of Kirkuk

Middle East

Iraq's Yazidis: Caught in the crossfire

Caught between Arabs and Kurds, members of the religious minority fear violence as fighting continues across Iraq.

Iraq's Yazidis: Caught in the crossfire

Middle East

'We did not expect Mosul to fall in two days'

Those without relatives in Kurdistan are forced to stay in camps set up by Kurdish government and UNHCR.

'We did not expect Mosul to fall in two days'

War & Conflict

Young Kurds fight alongside ISIL in Syria

Economic instability and unemployment cited as main reasons prompting young men to fight in Syria.

Young Kurds fight alongside ISIL in Syria