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An Afghan Photographer’s Portrait of Her Mother

From Kabul to Virginia

When Laila Hazara left Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power in 2021, she had just contracted COVID-19 and had to fly without the oxygen tank she needed. Her daughter documents the life she left behind, and the one she has made with her family in Virginia.

Namibians Are Choosing Between Parched Farmland and Slums

Resisting Climate Change

Rural Namibia is home to over 1 million citizens, though that number is declining, and the changing climate is forcing many who stay to adapt. The city, the slums and the economic opportunities they offer are not just tempting, but inevitable.

Sixty Years After Independence, a Kenyan Tribe Calls for Justice

Sixty Years After Independence, a Kenyan Tribe Calls for Justice

When word spread that a journalist was here to document stories of colonial injustices, many victims arrived. “The lands are here with us. We are following the law to try and get them back. But if the British do not listen to us, we will have no choice but to pass the torch to the youths,” the elders said.

Syrian White Helmets Work Miracles After Earthquake

Syrian White Helmets Work Miracles After Earthquake

Monday’s catastrophe has put Syria back in the headlines. But this disaster is exceptional and has revealed the mundane horrors Syrians have been enduring since 2011 have not yet abated. In a place forsaken by the world, rescue workers’ resilience has become a symbol of hope.

Desertification in an Iraqi Bread Basket

Desertification in an Iraqi Bread Basket

The Basra region has been the bread basket of Iraq. But because of salinization of lands, decrease of water flow into rivers due to upstream damming, climate change and pollution, farmers are increasingly unable to farm. People dependent on fish and buffaloes in the marshlands are in competition for food.

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

The system of contiguous mountain ranges that run from Afghanistan to China, which includes the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, is often referred to as the Third Pole because it contains the world’s third largest storage of frozen water. But those critical ice reserves are quickly diminishing.

A Vanishing Craft: Khartoum’s Handmade Skull Caps

A Vanishing Craft: Khartoum’s Handmade Skull Caps

Many Muslim men cover their head with a skull cap, while others view the cap as any other piece of clothing. Before mass production prevailed, such hats were always handmade. But these days, in most countries, handmade caps are hard to find — except here in Sudan.