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?

February 2014, GlobalPost
Denizens of Cairo’s slums ‘in no mood for revolution’
Fatma no longer supports the tech-savvy youth who toppled a regime and captured the world’s attention.

November 2012, Christian Science Monitor
‘Death evictions’ in Guatemala
The epitaph on a simple bronze 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.

November 2012, GlobalPost
A humanitarian crisis after Guatemala’s earthquake
Following a 7.2 quake, the suffering is widespread. Remote, indigenous communities – already the worst off in many respects – have been hit especially hard.

November 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.

October 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.

November 2009, GlobalPost
Some of Sri Lanka’s disabled children find a home
In a country where disabilities are often considered karmic punishment, the center is a sanctuary.

May 2009, GlobalPost
A smoking ban in Turkey
The ban is being praised by health advocates, but bitterly opposed by those who see the move as an attempt to impose religious moral values.

May 4, 2009, GlobalPost
The Black Hebrews of Israel
To the Black Hebrews who have made their home in this desert town, Ben Ammi is the Messiah and their exodus from America an escape from oppression and violence. Atur Yirmeyahu says he “shudders to think” what might have become of him if he had stayed in Chicago.

April 2009
The ancient sect on both sides of Israeli-Palestinian divide
Both Israeli and Palestinian but neither Jew nor Arab, the Samaritans survive by performing a delicate balancing act of neutrality.

September 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.

August 2008
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.

Photos by Stephanie Rice

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