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Travel writer and backpacker  Jonny Blair   at the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif during a 2016 visit: The city – the third-largest in Afghanistan – was one of the first to fall in 2001 after the American-led invasion

From Bangor, Co Down, Jonny Blair has travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, El Salvador and many places you may not have even ever heard of – such as Transn(...)

Volunteer Syrian refugees discuss their work with the disabled in Dumiz 1 camp. Photograph: Ruaidhrí Giblin

In the Middle East, the phrase “inshallah” or “God willing’” is used to bookend many hopes and ambitions such as the making of a journey, better fortu(...)

Displaced Yazidi children flee violence from forces loyal to  Islamic State in Sinjar town on August 11th, 2014. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In a residential apartment block in a fashionable new estate in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the German foreign office has set up a makeshift consulate (...)