“… We believed what Qaddafi told us. We believed we would go there and kill everyone.”
Image by Brent Stirton. Western Sahara, 2010.
Teenage prostitution was a problem in Haiti before the earthquake, but the number of girls, some as young as 8, who have been forced to have sex to survive has increased dramatically since. Above, Madeleine, a 16 year-old prostitute inside her tent with a neighborhood friend.
“The first night, they told me to stand there and wait,” says Madeleine. “A few minutes after, one of the girls left with a man and then came back and said ‘Okay, I made money. It’s easy, you just need to have sex and then they are going to give you 100 or 150 gourds [$2.50 or $3.70] and that’s it.’”
Image by Andre Lambertson. Haiti, 2011.
Of the 171 prisoners detained in Guantánamo, only about two dozen are hardened militants and war criminals. Most are like Noor Uthman Muhammed —hapless men who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Above: The house in Port Sudan where Noor grew up; he didn’t have a room in the house, and slept in the yard. Unable to find work or direction in life, in 1992 he left for the Khalden training camp in Khost, Afghanistan, to learn defensive jihad. Image by Greg E. Mathieson, Sr./MAI/Landov, via Esquire.
“Every year it has been dryer and dryer,” says Mohammad Amin, an official at the provincial department of water in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh. “It is not just in Afghanistan—it is happening all over the world. There is less water and no rain.”
Image by Anna Badkhen. Afghanistan, 2011.
(Originally published before South Sudan became an independent state in July)
In February, the Globe and Mail published a map to show Moammar Gadhafi’s influence in Africa.
In Mali, for example, Gadhafi’s money and diplomacy have helped resolve conflicts between rebels and the government.
And in Sudan, the 20,000 troop peacekeeping mission includes African Union troops that are heavily funded by Gadhafi’s Libya.
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As Libyan rebels entered Tripoli yesterday, Sky News reporter Alex Crawford appeared to be the only Western broadcast reporter on the scene.
How’d she do it? How’d she broadcast from the capital?
According to the Daily Telegraph “the astonishing footage from the streets of Tripoli was produced using an Apple Mac Pro laptop computer connected to a mini-satellite dish that was charged by a car cigarette lighter socket.”
A preview of tomorrow’s New York Times front cover, via @KatieS
Illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios rainforest of Peru is slowly but surely eroding one of the most pristine virgin rainforests on the planet. Thousands of tons of nutrient-rich soil and forests have disappeared or been buried beneath waste left by years of intense illegal mining.
For every gram of gold, it takes up to three times more mercury to extract it. It’s estimated that gold mining activity annually releases more than 35 tons of toxic mercury into the air and rivers of Madre de Dios, poisoning the food chain.I never asked the president, ‘Do I have permission to do this?’Colin Powell, on the decision to declare genocide in Darfur, despite advice that evidence was inconclusive.