How do vegan, polygamous Chicagoans wind up living in the Israeli desert? Why are the dead “evicted” from their tombs in Guatemala City and tossed into mass graves? What becomes of the servant girls sent from the Egyptian countryside to work in the city?
View more of my photos from these stories and others here.
Feb. 11, 2014, GlobalPost
Denizens of Cairo’s graveyard slums ‘in no mood for revolution’
The only thing the 2011 uprising has delivered, as far as Fatma Ahmed is concerned, is chaos and violence. If she could go back, she says, she would never support the tech-savvy youth who ignited an uprising that toppled a regime and captured the world’s attention.
Nov. 28, 2012, Christian Science Monitor
‘Death evictions’? Guatemala’s violence takes an unusual toll
The epitaph on a simple bronze-colored tombstone in Guatemala City’s main national cemetery reads: “Pray for your eternal peace.” But peace is hard to come by in Central America’s largest city – even in death. (View a slideshow of my cemetery photos.)
Nov. 27, 2012, GlobalPost
A humanitarian crisis after Guatemala’s earthquake
“Our house cracked during the earthquake,” said the 24-year-old with a baby on her back and a toddler holding her hand. “We still live there but we are scared to sleep there. … Every time there is an aftershock, we think the house is going to fall.”
Nov. 21, 2011, GlobalPost
Egyptian press still not free
While many Cairenes on the street have broken free of the fear that silenced them before, journalists and analysts say fear — or at least a sense of caution — still pervades many of the newsrooms trying to document a chaotic city in transition.
Oct. 17, 2011, GlobalPost
Exclusive: Ayman Nour speaks about disqualification from Egyptian presidential election
In his first public appearance since a Cairo court stripped him of the opportunity to run for president, Egyptian opposition figure Ayman Nour warned that Egypt’s revolution is dangerously close to unraveling into a military coup.
Oct. 14, 2011, GlobalPost
The Egyptian revolution’s early, failed days
The revolution began as a failure. At least that’s how it seemed on a sun-scorched summer day in 2008, as security forces easily dispersed a small group of protesters attempting to spread their pro-democracy message on an Alexandria beach.
Nov. 22, 2009, GlobalPost.com
Some of Sri Lanka’s disabled children find a home
In a country where disabilities are often considered karmic punishment for sins committed in a past life, the group’s centers are a sanctuary for children and young adults.
May 31, 2009, GlobalPost.com
They’ll huff and puff, but not for long
The smoking ban is being praised by health advocates, but is bitterly opposed by many business owners and smokers, some of whom see the move as a government attempt to impose religious moral values on the entire population.
May 4, 2009, GlobalPost.com
From badlands to Holy Land: The Black Hebrews of Israel
The first group of vegan, polygamous and ethnically African-American settlers arrived in 1969, following their young, charismatic leader, Ben Ammi Ben Israel. Ben Ammi, formerly a Chicago factory worker named Ben Carter, preached that black Americans were descendants of one of Israel’s lost tribes and needed to return to their homeland.
Ancient sect struggles to survive on both sides of Israeli-Palestinian divide
Both Israeli and Palestinian but neither Jew nor Arab, the Samaritans perform a delicate balancing act of neutrality in a region where almost every aspect of daily life is dictated by politics.
Sept. 7, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
Egypt’s poor girls slave as maids for rich
Each morning, 12-year-old Sabrine Tubah wakes up in a spacious apartment, where she can take a hot shower, wear new clothes and have plenty to eat. But Sabrine, a petite girl with coarse dark hair and serious eyes, would give anything to go home. The luxury apartment where she lives is owned by a couple who pay Sabrine’s mother, a sickly widow, $35 a month for her daughter’s services as a live-in maid and nanny.
Anti-tobacco campaign met with defiance in smoke-happy Cairo
In Egypt, smoking is more than a habit – it’s a national pastime. Taxi drivers light up as they swerve through traffic-choked streets and veiled women sit in trendy coffee houses, a cell phone in one hand and a cigarette in the other. In the evenings, it’s impossible to escape the smell of flavored tobacco wafting from the crowded cafes where men and women drink sugary tea and smoke tobacco in water pipes.
Spring 2008, etc. magazine (Page 2-5)
Our Reporter in Cairo
This hectic city of 17 million can be overwhelming. Everyone is crushed together in a maze of concrete and sand, and although dozens of young policemen brandishing rifles line every street, it feels like no one is really in charge.