Sophie Cousins

International Women's Day

Fighting female genital mutilation among India's Bohra

FGM: girl-children of Dawoodi Bohra sect are the only Muslim women in India systematically and forcefully mutilated.

Human Rights

Assam's dying mothers

Stuck in impoverished conditions with no resources, maternal health among India's tea tribes is faltering.

War & Conflict

The treacherous battle to free Iraq of landmines

Iraq aims to remove all remaining landmines by 2018, but new explosives laid by ISIL fighters have stymied progress.

War & Conflict

Kurdish child soldiers battle ISIL in Syria

Despite the YPG's commitment to demobilise underage fighters, many have still found their way into combat.


Syria struggles to vaccinate residents

Inoculation campaigns have faced massive challenges amid the country's plummeting security situation.

War & Conflict

Kurds defiant in 'House of the Wounded'

Despite a lack of safety gear and medical training, injured fighters are determined to return to the front lines.


Lebanon sceptical of 'save water' effort

Lebanese campaign to save water amid a shortage is unlikely to work without government regulation, experts say.

War & Conflict

In Pictures: Iraq's children seek safety

Iraqi families have sought shelter at a refugee camp near the country's Kurdish region, after fleeing major violence.

Humanitarian crises

Iraq's hospitals caught in the crosshairs

Wounded Iraqi civilians have flocked to hospitals under fire from Islamic State fighters and government forces.

Humanitarian crises

Islamic State evicts Iraq farmers

The group's takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.

Arts & Culture

Syria's opposition radio makes waves

Stations based in Turkey provide Syrians with the latest news.

Science & Technology

Displaced Syrians battle for online lifeline

Skype and other communication tools are crucial for Syrian refugees to keep in touch with family inside the country.