Cape Town, As Seen From Above

June 20, 2014

Cape Town South Africa

Beginning as a supply station and steadily transitioning into South Africa’s legislative capital and second most populous city, Cape Town is a city that simultaneously embraces and struggles with change. The coastal metropolis is a popular destination for expatriates and immigrants (it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world), and yet it still faces challenges with its legacy of segregation.

When “First World Problems” Enter The “Third World”

September 15, 2013

Welcome to Ghana, where every day workers inhale lead, flame retardants, dioxides and other toxins as they sift through the heaps of electronic waste exported here from industrious countries. It’s illegal, of course, but that doesn’t hinder any activity. The home of many children is referred to as a digital dumping ground, and on the occasions that they might want to play outside, they run the risk of inhibiting the development of their brains, as well as their reproductive and nervous system.

One Woman Saved The Lives Of 100,000 Displaced Persons

August 8, 2013

Following the 1988 collapse of the Somalian government, Dr. Hawa Abdi took it upon herself to provide refuge for the increasing amounts of people seeking sanctuary from the devastating amount of fighting. Through the years, her one-person clinic transformed into a 400-bed hospital, and over 90,000 lives were saved.

Madagascar’s Mystical Baobab Trees

July 23, 2013

Baobab Trees Madagascar

If you’re looking for some of the most bizarre trees the world has to offer, head to Madagascar where you can find six of the eight species of Baobab tree. Resembling something that you might find on Mars, the Baobab ranges in height from 15 to 98 feet tall and can have a circumference as wide as 154 feet. Some claim that the largest of these trees are thousands of years old; that, of course, is hard to prove traditionally since the wood of these trees doesn’t produce growth rings.

Filmmaker Uses Infra-Red Film To Highlight Violence In The Congo

June 21, 2013

During World War II, the US military used infrared film as camouflage detection to scope out enemies with much greater ease. Some years later, filmmaker Richard Mosse got his hands on the same bubblegum pink film and has used it to bring to light the violence and warfare that has plagued many parts of Africa–specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo–for decades yet has managed to slip under the Western radar for just as long.

The Reason Behind Ghadames’ Many Roofs

May 9, 2013

From National Geographic: Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view.