As for the toymakers of Varanasi, they seem to acknowledge their advantage. Carving wonders out of wood, they continue the legacy of making their wooden toys in various colors and sizes; a metaphor, perhaps, for the varying levels of hopes that continue shaping the talented community.
Wildfires last month on Greece’s second-largest island have destroyed homes and livelihoods. For many parts of the country, climate change is not a problem of the future; it is here and now. Yet the response from those on the island has not been to seek help from the government, but to turn to the local community.
Gum arabic is a ubiquitous, seemingly invisible, precious product that people around the world use in everything from chocolates and soft drinks to pharmaceutical products and printing. Locals in Sudan have long valued this golden harvest, using it throughout the country and producing as much as 80% of the world’s gum arabic in a given year.
Much like native peoples in the U.S. have had to successfully balance their specific tribal identities within a larger pan-native identity so, too, the Bedouins of Jericho must negotiate between their identity as individual tribes, their larger identity as Bedouins and finally their national identity as Palestinians.
In Wardak province, we witnessed a funeral for two soldiers killed in a night-time ambush by the Taliban. “You invaded us, you gave us the illusion of freedom, you left and now you have resumed bombarding us with your B-52s. Go away, you are no longer welcome,” shouted a man from the back of the room.
After the war, we expected something like a Marshall Plan to revive Mosul. But instead, we found ourselves dependent on the international community and IMF loans to restore our war-torn city. With our government’s problems and the collapsing currency, I don’t know what Mosul will look like in five years.
In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Greece in favor of the strawberry pickers. … Eight years on, physical violence is no longer common, but thousands of migrants continue to find themselves in an endless cycle of exploitation and abuse.