‘We were enslaved, sold in markets and raped,’ says one girl. ‘But they could not extinguish the light in our hearts.’ In 2014, Islamic State fighters kidnapped Yazidi girls from their villages in the mountains of Kurdistan, forcibly converted them to Islam and sold them as sex slaves to terrorists.
An hourglass and a skull carefully placed on a sand dune in the desert wind or between the thin plates of an ice floe – environmental artist Anne de Carbuccia creates graceful installations in remote places. In this way, she tries to show appreciation for our planet’s dwindling beauty and capture it in her photographs.
An oil company worth billions, a sham trial making questionable accusations and nine men sentenced to death: in the early 1990s, Shell destroyed the environment and the livelihoods of the Ogoni people with oil production in the Niger Delta. Rivers and lakes were poisoned, people died.
Every month, your bank account replenishes itself – without you having to do anything. Now, the world’s biggest, boldest social experiment is changing lives against the odds in a small village in Kenya. Chosen by US organisation GiveDirectly, the residents of Kogutu are to receive 22 dollars a month for 12 years.
In 2020, 93-year-old Bruno D. is found guilty. His crimes took place over 75 years ago: D. was an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp. Without people like him, without thousands of accomplices, the Nazi regime’s genocidal campaign would not have been possible.
If the shamans stop dancing and life in the rainforest loses its balance, the sky will collapse and crush everything beneath it. This story has been passed down in the Brazilian Amazon by every generation of Yanomami. But greed for gold is polluting rivers and poses a threat to the Yanomami. Their shamans are dying as the earth warms.
What happens to the food we digest after it leaves our bodies? Is excrement waste or a useful resource? Looking for answers, Rubén Abruña travels through sixteen cities on four continents and finds out that what is supposed to be a solution – that is being applied worldwide – is a living nightmare.
Afghan friends Marwa and Raha had hoped their country had seen the last of oppression. They have heard their parents’ stories about 1990s Taliban violence often enough. But in 2021, Afghanistan falls back into the hands of the terrorist group. And the friends make different choices: Marwa leaves home, Raha decides to stay.
Isey is a bourbon-swilling warrior queen, her face lit up by laugh lines, her joy infectious – and in a week she will be 100 years old. Together with her son James, who cares for her selflessly, she lives on a farm in Kawakawa, New Zealand.