Developing dog culture in Egypt

Pools, play dates and luxury spas: Nurturing pup parenthood in Egypt   May 2024 The ancient Egyptians respected and venerated many animals; it is well-known that cats were believed to possess a certain divine energy. However, dogs were also highly revered as hunters, protectors, and companions. Nowadays, sadly, these once venerated animals are more commonly…

Silence and Bias in the Fog of War

Silence and Bias amid the Fog of War October 27, 2023   Compassion is not a zero-sum game. While Israel indiscriminately bombards civilians in their homes in its quest to eradicate Hamas, supporting Palestinians is perceived by some as endorsing Hamas. This inaccurate and dangerous conflation has led to a ferocious polarization and the erosion…

Kingdom in the Sky: Lesotho by Horseback

Kingdom in the Sky: Lesotho by Horseback   From the back of a feisty bay Basotho pony named Goofy, I handed over my passport to officials at the international border crossing between the Kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa. With a new stamp in my passport, I relished the novelty of crossing a land border…

Modern Nomads of the Gobi Desert

Nomads of the Gobi Desert: Tradition on the move January 2024   For millennia, the vast Gobi Desert has been home to semi-nomadic animal herders whose traditional lifestyle depends on their livestock and the land that sustains them. With the arrival and assimilation of modern technology to this remote and isolated part of the world,…

Equine therapy for ISIS survivors

The horses bringing hope and healing to ISIS survivors in Iraq June 2023   Hadia’s face lit up as she stood beside the feisty chestnut-colored foal, one hand on his back and the other softly petting his neck. Twenty-two-year-old Barzan gently held Sapphire, the young horse he’s nurtured a trusting bond with. Hadia and Barzan…

Maya’s Story: Living with EB

Maya’s Story: Living with EB January 2023   The cushions laid out against the brightly painted walls disguised the little girl sitting amongst them. Her patchy, blistered skin was almost camouflaged against the busy patterns inside the dark, empty room where she spends her days. A sprawling gathering of makeshift structures – temporary shelters that…

Celebrating yak culture in the Orkhon Valley

Celebrating yak culture to preserve tradition in Mongolia   Yaks have been integral to Mongolia’s nomadic herders for centuries. With the yak population in decline, officials in the province of Ovorkhangai have introduced an annual festival to help preserve and encourage the age-old tradition of yak herding, as well as to attract tourists to the…