Mahsa Amini’s death while in the hands of Iran’s morality police has prompted Iranian women around the world to speak out on decades of human rights violations, the country’s own morals and the morale of its citizens.
VOA's in-depth analysis comparing hardships endured by the people of Afghanistan under two periods of Taliban rule across Diplomacy and Recognition, Violence and Terrorism, Media and Religious Freedom, Economy and Foreign Aid, and Women's rights categories
China’s spending on global development projects is approaching $1 trillion since the turn of the century, making Beijing one of the world’s most sought-after financiers. Over an 18-year-period beginning in 2000, China spent at least $843 billion on more than 13,000 projects across 165 countries.
This year is the 10th anniversary of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But with its name echoing the ancient Silk Road, a network of routes linking China to foreign trade and cultural centers, Beijing's BRI ambitions also go beyond infrastructure projects to include education, health and other sectors.
In 2022, “run” became a hot word on the Chinese Internet. Voice of America interviewed 12 Chinese expatriates. More than one of them expressed the opinion: Now that I have reached a safe place, I have the responsibility to stand up and do something for the people of my country.
Dams have long been used to produce power and water for agriculture, but they can devastate river ecosystems. The largest dam removal and river restoration project ever attempted in the United States will open up more than 600 kilometers of habitat for migratory fish.
Thousands of workers died during Qatar 2022 World Cup-related construction, far more than in the run up to every other World Cup or Olympic Games in the past 30 years combined.
Story available in English Published in November 2022
The global pandemic has not only affected health and wellness, it has also weakened democratic institutions. As the world recognizes the International Day of Democracy on September 15, many are hoping for improvements to democracy.
Infographic available in English Published in September 2022
August 2022 marks three-quarters of a century since Britain left India. In this story, we use nine charts and illustrations to trace the trajectory of the three nations born out of the division of the subcontinent.
One year after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, VOA brings special coverage of how the group is now running the country, and how the lives of Afghans, both those who fled and those who stayed, have changed.
Collection available in English Published in August 2022
Civil war has displaced many in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and there is no end in sight to their misery. VOA’s Heather Murdock travels to the largely cut-off conflict zone, as well as refugee camps in neighboring Sudan, to bring the story of a complex political situation and the growing humanitarian disaster.
An original series documenting the gigantic fishing operation of the Chinese fleet west of the Galapagos marine reserve in Ecuador. They fish for months without returning to port, and the number of species they extract from the ocean is unknown. In Galapagos they fear for the future of one of the best preserved marine ecosystems on the planet.
Louisiana is facing climate threats both acute and chronic, from the battering of more intense storms to the creeping erosion of rising sea levels. State demographic data are already showing people leaving the coast for higher ground. As part of an in-depth exploration of climate migration worldwide, VOA traveled to Louisiana to document the impacts of a devastating year of natural disasters on the state’s Gulf of Mexico coast.
Story available in English Published in October 2021
As the United States prepares to pull the last of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of August, the journey the U.S. has taken from the beginning of its longest war is coming to a close.
There are 206 National Olympic Committees that can participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (in 2021). Some of their flags are very recognizable, some have changed in the recent years, and others may be very unfamiliar to you.
Turkey has long been considered a safe haven for Uyghurs, a Turkic and Muslim minority group that has faced religious persecution in China for more than a century. But as Turkish-Chinese relations grow stronger, many Uyghurs in Istanbul are afraid the protection they enjoy in Turkey could wane.
The United States has more guns than people. Few issues are more divisive than gun violence and the right to bear arms. Yet there may be more common ground than initially appears. In a five part series, VOA's Deepak Dobhal profiles gun owners, people affected by gun violence, and a scholar who sees the contradictions and, perhaps, a way forward.
Collection available in English Published in September 2020
Journalists who've reported on repressive regimes sometimes have no choice but to flee for their safety. But exile is no shield for loved ones back home. The threat of family reprisals puts journalists in a fraught corner.
Collection available in English Published in September 2020
For most children, it is the stuff of nightmares. For many Syrian refugee children, it was real and it lives in their memories. The trauma of the Syrian war is so great that a group of doctors describe it as “Human Devastation Syndrome.”
Story available in English Published in June 2020
Who commits public mass shootings? What motivates them to kill? With the help of a landmark database, VOA examines the social, psychological, emotional and environmental factors that contributed to the 167 mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. since 1966.
Infographic available in English Published in February 2020
Every year, some 20,000 young foreigners come to the United States on special visas to work as live-in child care providers known as au pairs. It’s a cultural exchange program that gets good reviews from most host families and au pairs — but not all. Labor groups say au pairs are underpaid and exploited by a system that delivers a bargain for families. And when disputes arise, au pairs can be easily expelled and replaced.
Collection available in English Published in February 2020
The complaint helped trigger a congressional inquiry in September, resulting in President Trump’s impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Explore an annotated version of the complaint based on witness testimony.
Infographic available in English Published in December 2019
Black children are disproportionately represented in the U.S. child welfare system and are often adopted into white families. What challenges do these parents and kids encounter when forming a transracial family? What do adoptees think about immersion in homes, schools and communities with little racial diversity? Follow their stories.
A young Iraqi woman let her passion for books lead her to rebuild a library in Mosul, book by book, after Islamic State’s rule over the city ended.
Story available in English Published in November 2019
Former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker released dozens of text messages between top State Department officials handling European and Ukrainian affairs. Explore the text messages and a timeline of the impeachment inquiry.
Infographic available in English Published in October 2019
A new documentary from VOA News explores a town torn between victims of Islamic State and families of IS members, and coming to terms with the past.
Story available in English Published in August 2019
The Democratic candidates running for president have a range of experiences. Here's how the candidates’ experiences stack up against U.S. presidents throughout history.
Infographic available in English Published in August 2019
What does a child bride bring to a marriage — a dowry, social status, domestic labor, business connections? What is her value to two families, the one she leaves and the one she joins? And what is the cost to the girl? Watch videos of girls around the world describing their experiences and explore maps showing how common child marriage is.
The next U.S. presidential election isn't until November 2020, but there is already a fast-growing field of Democrats eager to contend for their party’s presidential nomination next year. Here is a list of those who have formally entered the race for the White House.
Infographic available in English Published in March 2019
On Valentine's Day 2018, an expelled student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Fourteen teenagers and three coaches died. Parkland students and parents decided school shootings must end. They channeled grief into action, launching a campaign to halt school violence. America's gun-rights activists responded in a ringing national debate.
Collection available in English Published in February 2019
Robert Mueller’s investigation has turned up extensive evidence of Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign. Filter a timeline of key events, and explore how the indictments suggest a possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian interference.
In the 2018 midterm elections Muslim Americans saw an opportunity to push back against anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination— and they seized it. Now, the first two Muslim women ever are headed to Congress.
Infographic available in English Published in November 2018
Journalists from VOA’s Africa Division and Mandarin Service examine poaching in Africa, the multinational criminal syndicates behind it, and the efforts to reduce demand for tusks and horns in Asian countries where they are sold. Featuring three documentaries, and a graphic novel based on interviews with a smuggler and a former poacher.
The U.S. opioid epidemic rages on. The latest official estimates say 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. Most of the toll – two-thirds – involves pain pills, heroin, and the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. This series follows Americans in three cities – Miami, Philadelphia, and Nashville, N.C. – where lives and neighborhoods have been transformed by drug abuse.
Story available in English Published in August 2018
Having dissolved the main opposition party, Cambodia’s ruling party faces certain victory in a July 29 national election even as its crackdown on dissent continues. This multipart series features profiles of voters, politicians and the communities looking ahead to the election.
China is investing more than $1 trillion in roads, bridges, railways, ports, and power plants in more than 70 countries — a bold strategy to steer global commerce its way and reclaim its Silk Road heritage. Produced in partnership with RFE/RL, RFA, Martí Noticias and Alhurra.
Collection available in English Published in May 2018
Ethiopia has a new prime minister and a reshuffled cabinet. It’s closed a notorious prison and released high-profile prisoners. Will deeper changes follow, or is it business as usual for the country’s powerful ruling coalition?
In November 2017, an unprecedented series of events changed the course of Zimbabwe’s history leading to longtime leader Robert Mugabe ceding power at 93. What happens next will depend on a complex web of connections that has given Zimbabwe its first new leader in 37 years.
Free speech activist tells VOA deadly Charlottesville events threw everything into chaos
Story available in English Published in August 2017
There have been a series of embarrassing leaks of private conversations between President Trump and foreign leaders. Here's a graphic explaining how phone calls between POTUS and foreign leaders have traditionally been handled and kept private.
Infographic available in English Published in August 2017
The Trump administration has acted aggressively on the President's signature campaign promise, cutting back on immigration in the name of national security. This timeline documents how illegal immigrants have been rounded up in greater numbers, visas have been curtailed and a border wall is in the works.
Infographic available in English Published in August 2017
Will the Iraqi government do any better in the aftermath of victory than its foes, or will another extremist force – be it tribal, ethnic, or sectarian – once again gain the upper hand. This collection of stories profiles the people who lived under the Islamic State, the battle to reclaim Mosul and looks ahead to the future.
VOA reporters traveled to a stretch of rural counties along the upper Mississippi River that switched from supporting Democrat Barack Obama in 2012 to backing Republican Donald Trump in 2016. They spoke to farmers and carpenters, factory workers and retirees in these working and middle class communities.
This project highlights VOA reporting from across the continent and features original analysis, graphics and videos about the ongoing crisis in Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia.
Collection available in English Published in April 2017
The internet crackles with potential. But in many countries, online freedoms are stifled by state censorship, surveillance, disinformation and economic inequality. This collection brings together reports from China, Russia, Cuba, Somalia and the Middle East, showing how the struggle for internet freedom plays out in the lives of ordinary citizens. Produced in partnership with RFE/RL, RFA, Martí Noticias and Alhurra.
Collection available in English Published in March 2017
Boko Haram is known for secrecy and carefully hides the identities of members and their whereabouts. VOA obtained 18 hours of uncut videos in which the group recorded scenes of its own brutality. The images testify to the devastating suffering Nigerians endured under the terrorist organization.
On Inauguration Day, the newly sworn-in president delivers a speech outlining his intentions during his term in office. With this interactive graphic, explore the history of U.S. presidential inaugural addresses, compare how frequently specific words are used, and look for trends in the language.
Infographic available in English Published in January 2017
President Barack Obama began his first term in 2009 with the Nobel Peace Prize for his support of multilateral diplomacy, nuclear disarmament and combating climate change. Can President-elect Donald Trump roll back some of Obama’s key accomplishments?
Story available in English Published in January 2017
One-third of global maritime traffic. An estimated $5 trillion in annual trade. Six claimant nations. One body of water. And that’s just on the surface. This project features original analysis, reporting, maps and timelines detailing the rival claims to the South China Sea.
A young Turk’s transformation from astronomer to Islamic State fighter
Story available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Hausa, Indonesian, Khmer, Kurmanji Kurdish, Macedonian, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Sorani Kurdish, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek Published in December 2016
Over the past 227 years, most U.S. presidents have been white, male, and Protestant. Filter and sort the U.S. presidents by party, age, race, gender, religion and facial hair.
A state-by-state look at U.S. Presidential election results from George Washington to Donald Trump. Explore how political parties rise and fall through the centuries.
Every U.S. presidential election provides an opportunity for millions of newly eligible voters to make their voices count. This collection presents six first-time voters from across the political spectrum explaining how they'll make their choice.
Collection available in English Published in October 2016
The arrest and death of 25-year old Freddie Gray, an African American man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody, sparked some of the worst violence since the 1960's. The unrest exposed some of Baltimore's social and economic hardships.
Story available in English Published in April 2016
All Over the Map, Part 2: Children of refugees from around the world seek sanctuary in the most unlikely place: a soccer field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Story available in English Published in January 2016
All Over the Map, Part 1: Generations of Vietnamese refugees, who have built their lives on the Gulf of Mexico, question their future as the shrimping industry struggles.
Charts showing munitions expended over five years in Afghanistan by aircraft and number of casualties resulting from aerial operations, as cataloged by UNAMA.
Water levels of Lake Mead and parts of the Colorado river are dropping significantly, and VOA looks into how local officials are trying to save the water.
Story available in English Published in February 2015
Online freedoms can be stifled by state censorship, surveillance and disinformation. This VOA special report uses comic book introductions to explain the tools and techniques to help circumvent online threats.
The riches of the earth have been the boon and the bane of CAR for decades. Now they may also be leading to its disintegration.
Colonel Steve Pisanos, a 95-year-old retired United States Air Force fighter pilot dreamed of flying most of his life.