Since the end of its civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has been criticised for its handling of thousands of Tamils displaced during the conflict and has faced a barrage of war crimes accusations. Now the government has laid out plans for promoting tourism at the expense of those who suffered most.
A Special Report by Gaanashree Wood
Deep in the jungle of the northern Mullaitivu district of Northern Sri Lanka, is the former LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) operations hub, now a ghost town. Visitors are offered a guided tour of the hub which comprises of a 3 story underground bunker, a firing range, a film hall, a semi-underground garage...
The Palestinian capital Ramallah has greater annual rainfall than the English capital, London. So why is Palestine’s water running out? A special report by Yara al Wazir.
Another year has passed and 1 billion people in the world still don’t have access to clean water. The struggle for manhood’s most basic resource has earned a day in its honour.
In the Middle East, specifically the Levant, we are no strangers to water outages, but for Palestine, a country whose cities enjoy more rain than London; the region’s most valued resource cannot be side-lined much longer without the risk of calamity.
What is usually seen as a...
We all hear about the rate of youth unemployment around the world, but when it’s all laid out in front of you, the numbers seem even more staggering. 75 million young people, that’s 12.6%, around the world are unemployed, with young people in North Africa suffering from nearly 30% unemployment, a key contributing factor to the Arab Spring. Scroll down to find out more…
This article is brought to you in association with Inquire Magazine’s partners at The International Political...
Over the past two years at least 47 Cameroonians have gone to Sweden to work in tree plantation in the northern forests. They were all expecting to return to their families with enough money to pay off debts, invest and start a better life. Instead, most of them are stranded in Sweden, homeless, helpless and heartbroken. The companies responsible are now being exposed.
One Swedish company who have been exposed, Skogsnicke AB, sent a formal offer of employment to the Swedish Migration Board, which then granted the workers permission to enter the country. The same document, promising a monthly salary of 18,500 Swedish crowns ($2,800), and...
A Terror in the Sky
Reporting by Chris Wood
The near constant presence of CIA drones “terrorises” much of the civilian population of Pakistan’s tribal areas according to a new report.
Men, women, and children are subjected to almost constant trauma – including fear of attack, severe anxiety, powerlessness, insomnia, and high levels of stress – says a nine month investigation into CIA drone strikes in Pakistan by two top US university law schools. More than 130 “victims, witnesses, and experts” were interviewed in Pakistan for the study.
A number of those eyewitnesses corroborated the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s...
In Focus: Ed Kashi
We profile the words and pictures of legendary National Geographic photojournalist Ed Kashi.
Interview by Nicky Armstrong
Ed Kashi is a veteran National Geographic photojournalist who has also worked for dozens of other clients & publications, including...
The Hidden School
In Belarus, Europe’s last dictatorship, education has gone underground.
Pictures by Alessandro Vincenzi
Words by Alessandro Vincenzi & Jack Laurenson
The first evening classes of what would become the Belarusian Humanities Lyceum began in Minsk, the capital of...
Millions of tonnes of electronic waste is produced annually. Where does it all go?
Words & Pictures by Henry Nicholls
Agbogbloshie, or ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ as it is known locally, is one of the largest and poorest slums in the capital of Ghana, Accra.
Centaurs of the Steppe
Central Asia’s legendary equestrian champions battle on the plains of Tajikistan.
Words & Pictures by Theodore Kaye.
Driving to the Saturday polo grounds with Khurshed is a little like clambering into a phone booth with Clark Kent.
As our 20-year-old Audi...
Gabriele Galimberti explores what toys mean to children around the world.
Pictures by Gabriele Galimberti. Introduction by Ben Machell.
Everyone remembers their childhood toys. In fact, I can recall how most of my toys tasted better than I can remember the names of my primary...
An Unexpected End
Inquire investigates the plight of Ireland’s abandoned horses.
Pictures by Gianpaolo La Paglia. Words by Jack Laurenson.
The ongoing real estate and debt disaster in Ireland has filled the front pages of the most important newspapers around the world. There is...
The Sacking of Aleppo
Inquire reports from the burning streets of Syria’s second city as it crumbles beneath the fury of Assad’s relentless war machine.
Pictures by Sebastiano Tomada.
Words by Sebastiano Tomada in Syria & Jack Laurenson in London.
Aleppo is shrouded in the dense smoke of battle; its buildings burn and crumble under the wrath of Assad’s relentless war machine. This beautiful metropolis – once a jewel of the Ottoman Empire and one of the oldest inhabited citys on earth – now lies in ruin. The smell of petrol, gunpowder and sulphur taints the air. The streets are littered with blood and...
The Cold Edge
Our planet’s ice is melting at a staggering pace. Inquire reports on the race to save the Arctic.
Words & Pictures by Dave Walsh
I write this in the final days of August 2012. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado have already broken the news. The Arctic...
A New Eastern Star: The Rise of Turkey
Veteran photojournalist Ed Kashi explores the rising prominence of a new superpower in the Middle East: Turkey
Words & Pictures by Ed Kashi
Turkey’s vibrant and diverse history reflects that of mankind. The ruins of countless cultures and...
Children of the Clouds
The Sahrawi of Western Sahara continue a fight for independence against overwhelming odds.
Words & Pictures by Nacho Hernandez
In time’s past, the nomadic tribes from the Western Sahara were referred to as “Awlad al-Muzna,” the Children of the Clouds. Bedouins who for centuries have roamed the desert with their herds of camels and goats follow the rain-laden clouds that for them could mean the difference between survival and death.
The Sahrawi, able to live in one of Earth’s most hostile environments, had their way of life changed dramatically with the arrival of the colonial powers in the...
What really causes eating and personality disorders and how do you fight them?
Words & Pictures by Quinn Palmer
Among all psychological disorders and mental illnesses, eating disorders are thought to have the highest mortality rate, killing an estimated 10% of individuals...
African Country Doctor
In the rugged Ethiopian wilderness, a busy country doctor serves his adopted community.
Words, Pictures & Video by Poul Madsen & The Bombay Flying Club
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The area 150 kilometres west of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, is a rugged dusty wilderness that, although beautiful, often resembles the back of beyond.
Paved highways transform into difficult rocky roads that look like knotty rust-red veins. Travel this route for a further 400 kilometres through the hilly countryside and one arrives at a small dusty furrow called...
A War Within
Many soldiers returning from foreign battlefields face a much longer internal struggle
Words & Pictures by James Allen
“I remember what triggered my PTSD. It was the feeling of killing someone and then hearing the sounds that the person made as he bled to death in...
Over three decades on from the fall of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia remains haunted by its gruesome past. Yet there are new reasons for optimism in the country, which was forced to start from zero only a generation ago.
By Una Cruickshank
Visitors to Cambodia often find themselves...
The oldest and deepest lake on our planet is swiftly becoming its most threatened
Pictures by Marco Pighin
Words by Gert Dierckx
“Baikal is glorious and sacred in its miraculous creative power, in its spirit not just of the past—of what has gone by, as many things...
Jim Mortram documents one man’s world, his creativity, and his battle with mental illness.
Words & Pictures by J.A. Mortram
I first began to document the life of the artist and poet, Tilney1, in 2009 whilst volunteering at a local drop-in mental health arts group.
Photojournalist Natalie Naccache-Mourad investigates the growing beauty industry in Beirut, Lebanon.
Kteer Jeune (Very Young)
Words & Pictures by Natalie Naccache-Mourad
Originally famed for crusades, conflicts and cuisine, Lebanon supposedly now has the flattering reputation of...
The power of education seen through the eyes of a Somalian Refugee.
Pictures & Interview with Faisal Hadj by Sean Power
My name is Faisal Hadj. I left my home, Somalia, in 1991. I remember it was around 11:00 pm when the civil war came to our house, and I was the one who opened the door...
We talked to the leading Climatologist, Mark Maslin, from University College London about what can be done to save our dying planet.
Interview by Jack Laurenson
Image Credit: NASA
Mark Maslin is a leading Professor of Climatology from University College London. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of Carbon Associates Ltd and a science advisor to numerous international organisations. He told Inquire Magazine that climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge we have ever faced. He also outlined key strategies for mitigating the disastrous effects of our shifting climate.
Numerous surveys have suggested that many people around...
Earth’s forests quietly provide vital resources to all living species. Humankind however, have systematically abused them for centuries.
Words by Veronica Magan, Pictures by TJ Watt
Four billion hectares of forest remain on planet Earth; quietly providing vital resources to...
The Heart of Beijing
An exploration into the true heart of China’s capital, the one made of flesh and blood.
Words & Pictures by Chris Cherry
Beijing is a city with two hearts, both made of stone. First there is the ancient one: The Forbidden City – an astonishingly imposing...
Editor’s Note: As Syria descends further into civil war, the capital Damascus – still largely controlled by the Assad regime – begins to resemble the unconvincing calm of the eye of a growing storm. The streets are tense, the mood troubled and uncertain. The people wait for...
Words and Pictures by Sean Power
Sean Power, photojournalist and former Royal Marine, reflects on his last deployment to Helmand’s deadly Sangin district
The lights dim, helmets go on, the wing dips to the left, revealing through the window a city of lights surrounded by...
London’s Olympic Shame
Auto de Fe magazine in conversation with
Pictures from Bhopal by Alex Masi
London continues to prepare for what organisers are heralding as the world’s greenest and most ethical Olympic games yet. However, with less than 50 days to...