You should care about the way African stories are told
Count to Two: A Photo Essay
White television tries to express dominance over the developing world while promoting the believable stereotypical single-story: Africans are poverty-stricken or less-than. Is it not believable for an African story to be one that is desirable, successful, or even metropolitan?
Stripping Back the Myths
This essay focuses on individual portraiture of a generation born amidst this intricate, ever-changing, socio-political environment - an environment our generation is currently attempting to navigate. It is important to note, however, that these children are not ‘faces of the refugee crisis’. These children are just children. Tiny, individual humans, caught up through no fault of their own, in a complex reality of a world in flux.
People of the Omo Valley
“Disappointing my dad, but not yours”.
“No bad whores, just bad laws”.
These were the slogans I chose to chant on the streets of central London during the 2019 sex workers strike. Sex workers marched to reclaim the narratives about sex work that currently portray everyone in the industry as exploited and oppressed victims. We marched to challenge racist, sexist laws criminalising sex workers. We marched to demand recognition, rights, and respect. The strike highlighted how we will no longer allow people who do not understand our work and who do not represent us or our interests to silence and speak over us…
The Politics of Naming Refugees
His photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life, and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. He seeks the moment and the light in whatever context he finds himself and endeavours to use his photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
The Opposite of Loneliness
My mother used to warn me that it didn’t matter what I say, but that I ought to always be careful of what I wrote, for writing stays. In research, as in reporting, I come across questions of terminology on a regular basis, and the choices I make when naming carry political significance. Words are not value-free; they fix narratives into consciousness, and consciousness into prejudice.
I Speak of the Forgotten: for the nameless
Tess Lockey is an artist and illustrator from the Philippines. Her work - sometimes introspective, sometimes conceptual - aims to translate matters of the heart into whimsical designs of colour and shape. She is currently based somewhere in the USA.
Disability, Human Rights, and Health: An Examination of Challenges in Achieving the Right to Health
“When we love, when we die—are we not all the same?—we are one, we are different, we are nothing at all… I speak of the forgotten, the lost, the broken.”
The Bizarre Relationship Between Human Rights And Anthropology
Simon Drees and Rebecca Forman
The UNCRPD specifically mentions the right to health without discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the need for states to ensure access to health services and rehabilitation for disabled persons. One key goal in ensuring good health and wellbeing is Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Fundamentally, it is about who can access services (population coverage), what is covered (service coverage), and how this healthcare is financed (financial coverage). While some states have achieved UHC, significant inequities within those systems often remain, which led to particular injustices for persons with disabilities.
The Lost Boy
As an anthropologist and human rights activist, I have pondered over the cultural relativist critique of human rights for many hours. I feel a special responsibility to articulate both the critique of human rights and their ability to provide a framework to talk about the emancipatory possibilities of self-realized human potential across transnational, global borders.
Melting Peaks, Shrinking Cultures, and the Narrowing of Human Possibility
“And his body screams for liberty, screams of loss
Noises felt by all, heard by none.
And when he cries, he cries quietly
Haunted by the towering villain inside his mind.”
In Defense of Retiration
Vitor da Silva
“So… how do you see the future of the Changpa? – I asked Phuntsok.
“Future? This is the last generation. In ten years, there will be no herders, no raybo, and no Changpa”.
Marta Santivanez Fernandez
Put some distance between you and the girl who is rushing home, terrified she’ll get hurt in the street. Offer to care for your neighbor’s kids while she talks to her friend about her pain and her fear. Scream the same facts and figures again and again, because they continue to not be okay. Speak up, speak up, speak up. Reiterate.