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,…

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…

Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

“The Three Games of Men”: Celebrating Naadam Festival in Mongolia   July 2022 The overcast sky darkened as spectators and participants gathered in an open area of flat grassland. As we bounced over the uneven ground inside a vehicle, I felt a pang of envy to see most people arriving on horseback, at speed. A…

Iraq: Through a different lens

Iraq: Through a different lens February 2024   While sipping a cup of sweet tea, a Christian priest in Iraq once told me that war in his country is like a box of tissues. Each tissue represents a war and when you pull out one tissue, another has already appeared. The story of war in…