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 camouflaged by the busy patterns inside the dark, bare room where she spends her days. A sprawling gathering of makeshift structures – temporary shelters that have, years…

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…

Mosul’s Medics: Four Years On

MOSUL’S MEDICS: REFLECTIONS OF WAR, FOUR YEARS ON “The whole experience truly changed me… It gives me constant perspective of my small problems in this world.” – Katie Batrouney, frontline medic, Mosul, Iraq   Amid the chaos and intensity of the battle against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a critically injured girl was…

Village Life on the Ghanaian Coast

Village to village: A journey along the Ghanaian coast   The wooden platform beneath me shuddered, shaking me out of my slumber. Under a moonlit sky I crept outside of the homestay hut and stepped out onto the boardwalk. Across the water I could vaguely see the silhouettes of people gathered in the village. Women…

Wyoming: The Great American West

From Wales to Wyoming: A decade discovering the great American West   The New York Times – July 26, 2021 My horse’s ears were pricked, his muscles tensed and ready to bolt. A few meters ahead, a herd of wild horses stared back at us, unaware of our ascent from the valley below until that…

Aftermath

AFTERMATH: RETURNING TO THE RUINS OF MOSUL’S OLD CITY Seventy-five-year-old Kasim Hussein took a long puff of his cigarette while he stood outside the ruins of his once beautiful home. “Every day we saw people dying,” he recalled of life under Islamic State control in the ancient quarter of the city of Mosul in northern…

Palestinian Refugees in Iraq

THE FORGOTTEN GENERATIONS: PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN IRAQ Born in a country where they cannot become citizens, Palestinians in Iraq face an uncertain future with little hope of escaping life as stateless refugees.   Erbil, Iraq – Inside Baharka IDP camp, a government-run refugee camp that provides emergency shelter for over 4,000 internally displaced people, eighteen…

The Women ISIS left behind

“WE ARE VICTIMS TOO”: THE WOMEN ISIS LEFT BEHIND   “Iraq is like a flock of sheep with no shepherd,” said Mariam, a grieving mother whose son joined the so-called Islamic State and was killed during the battle to liberate the city of Mosul. In the aftermath of the months-long military operation to wrest back…