Around the World in 10 Moments
With millions of users around the world, we’re an international community of writers, photographers, and more. Enjoy these recent snapshots and soundbites, from Moscow to Cairo.
Photographing the colors of the Holi festival in India
The Kolkata-based blogger at Know-All’s Box recently captured the faces of this year’s Holi festival:
Capturing a student in a classroom in Sierra Leone
Laura Cook, a photographer currently based in Sierra Leone, focuses on sport for education. Her job requires many visits to schools in the area; here’s a student portrait of a football academy student visiting his old school in Freetown:
Education is improving in Salone all the time but many schools still have overcrowded classrooms and a lack of qualified staff. It is also clear that for most, education is seen as the solution to many of the problems faced in this part of West Africa.
— Laura Cook
Covering the ongoing violence in Venezuela
Francisco Toro at Caracas Chronicles comments on the ongoing violence in Venezuela — and the international media’s (lack of) coverage:
Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.
Closing a chapter and saying goodbye in Russia
Natalia Antonova, born in Kiev and now a journalist in Moscow, says goodbye to the Moscow News and reflects on the current situation in Russia:
To say that the future is uncertain is to say that the celestial void is somewhat daunting to behold. What’s especially hard to accept is that with regard to Ukraine, nothing may ever be the same again. It’s a scary, painful time. And it’s almost bizarre to observe how the stuff of headlines and news reports also has to do with your family and fate.
Documenting Cairo’s clashes in Egypt
Freelance photographer Aly Hazzaa‘s on-the-ground images from around Cairo continually wow us. The snapshot from Zeinhom morgue below is from his photo essay “Grief,” taken after clashes between protesters and security forces earlier this year:
Promoting literature and culture in Libya
The Benghazi-based blogger at Journal of a Revolution (and founder of The Young Writers of Benghazi) encourages the community to support the written word in Libya:
Supporting local writers, poets and journalists will strengthen our culture. It’s imperative for Libyans to turn to books and other forms of the written word to fortify their own thoughts and protect their newly gained freedom of speech. Just as the absence of books and knowledge strengthens a dictatorship, their propagation will strengthen our democracy.
Recalling the past and childhood in Burundi
This Burundian Life is a collaborative blog of stories of Burundians (and non-Burundians who’ve experienced life in Burundi) in English, French, and Kirundi. A recent essay on growing up in Burundi, “Ghosts of Our Past” by Rita Siohban, is particularly moving:
For kids who grew up in the 90s in Burundi (like me), every day was pretty much consumed with war and the ethnic baggage it brought. Again, it’s not like any of us had a choice. We were born into it. But, there were decades of massacres and genocides in the name of the almighty identity of Tutsi or Hutu.
Bringing the streets to life in the Philippines
Orlando Uy, a photographer living in Tacloban City, shares black and white street photography on his blog, A Walk With My Camera. (You might recall his December 2013 photo essay of Tacloban and the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.)
Here’s a recent snapshot of kids from Sagkahan, a barangay (district) in Tacloban:
Musing on “nostalgia” in Ireland
In his piece “Nostalgia in the Land of Boiled 7Up,” Richard at Cunning Hired Knaves muses on the term nostalgia in the context of Irish culture and people:
What happens in Ireland, then, when the question of what is Irish and what is not is thrust before people who feel a sense of fear and foreboding, that they are being uprooted from the world they know, by malevolent forces of one shape or another?
Looking back on time in South Africa
The blogger and traveler at Ithaka looks back on time spent in South Africa, the place that stole her heart. Here’s a fantastic image from a recent photo essay, taken in Tshabo, Eastern Cape:
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