The clamour rises from the bleachers, which brand new roof protects thousands of spectators from the blazing sun. It’s the last day of the Games and, carried by its enthusiastic supporters, the Kyrgyz Kok Boru team is beating the Kazakh team. This game of the Central Asian kind of polo, where players fight for a goat carcass, is the crown of the Nomad Games, the most spectacular of the twenty three competitions held in six days.
(Français) En Bosnie-Herzégovine, les mines de charbon tournent encore à plein régime. Et, depuis une trentaine d’années, à Breza, au nord de Sarajevo, des femmes vont aussi au charbon, à 200 à 300 mètres sous terre.
I met those of the 5th Sotnia in an hostel overlooking Maidan Square, in january 2014. I followed them until the destitution of president Yanukovitch, in february of the same year. [jan-feb 2014]
(Français) A La Nouvelle-Orléans, on lutte contre la violence à grands coups de fanfares. Aux coins des rues ou dans les classes, elles jouent un jazz antique teinté de funk. Et font entendre le même message : les trompettes plutôt que les flingues.
Angola, the largest prison in the US, was notorious: a former slave plantation, it was long the most violent prison in the country. Yet for half a century, thousands of visitors enter the gates of the penitentiary to attend the “Wildest Rodeo in the South”. [april 2015]
(Français) Le village de Soatanana, à 400 km au sud de la capitale Antananarivo, au coeur du pays Betsileo, est aussi connu sous le nom de « Village Blanc », la couleur des vêtements portés par la majorité de ses habitants. Ils appartiennent au mouvement évangélique « Fifohazana » (le Réveil »)
Owned by the NGO Mercy Ships, founded in 1978, the Africa Mercy is anchored on the east coast of Madagascar since october 2014. The former danish ferry will stay 20 months in Toamasina, in the country where the health is completely deficient after five years of policital transition. [dec. 2014]
In the conflict ridden valley of Kashmir, they’re called the half-widows. For many years, their husband have disappeared, sometimes without leaving a trace, sometimes arrested without any proof by the Indian army… [dec. 2010]
At the Maison Nationale des Artistes, in Nogent sur Marne, the residents are painters, musicians, actors, sculptors. And with their great age, they keep a free spirit, despite the challenges of the years… [summer 2014]
They travelled thousands of kilometres, suffered from hunger, thirst, crossed the Sinai desert in Egypt, to end up in another desert, the Negev, in Israel. In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rocks and short bushes, the detention center of Holot opened in December 2013. [mar. 2014]
With the hope of a better society, fairer, egalitarian, and zionist, the first kibbutz was born in Degania in 1909 in what was called Palestine. Nowadays, 2% of the israeli population still lives in a kibbutz, producing 8% of the national production. [june 2013-may 2014]
“Every time you eat a salad, you eat a vegetable, you’ve got to have in mind that, maybe, they’ve been harvested by children”. These words haven’t been uttered by a furious NGO director, but by actress Eva Longoria, who, for years, has been fighting against child labor in US agriculture. [july 2012]
April 2013 – A friday, in early spring. While early believers already gathered inside the mosque, many others are rushing out as they hear the first notes of the call to prayer of the muezzin. We are in Fittja, a suburb south of Stockholm, and this is the first adhan (call to prayer) that rises in the Swedish sky. [avril 2013]
In India, millions of children have to work. Vikram, 11 years old, is lucky enough to benefit from a law, forcing private schools to welcome 25% poor children. [nov. 2011]
“A civil marriage not a civil war! ” While the youth from Tunis, Benghazi and Cairo were fighting against their dictator, the one from Beirut was marching this spring for… the right to get civilly married. As a matter of fact, in Lebanon, getting married is also a political issue. Indeed, in this small country of 4 million people, 18 religious communities are sharing the political power proportionally to their demographic size. [may 2011]
Beirut isn’t what you think. It’s not only this city scarred by years of civil war or bombings. It can’t be summarized by its poor neighborhoods in the south, where the shi’ia militia is most popular. Beirut also reveals itself at night. [oct. 2010]
Every year, after long and hard years in the military, between 30 000 and 40 000 young israeli go abroad. Their principal destination : India. Their program ? Chilling out. [dec. 2010]
In India, those who love each other despite their caste or religion risk being killed by their families. There are thousands of such honor crimes each year. Fortunately, the young couples can now count on the help of the very secretive Love Commandos… [nov.-dec. 2010]
On february 24 2011, Laurentine, a 47 ivorian woman, fled from the violence of the fighting between the pro-Ouattara forces and thoses loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, in Bin-Houye, her village in Ivory Coast, close to the border with Liberia. [april 2011]
Nightshift at the maternity of the Haifa Hospital, in the palestinian camp of Burj El Barajneh, south of Beirut. [oct. 2010]
Not only boys dream of terminate their opponent by a crossbody dive from the third rope of a wrestling ring. There are also girls, big ones, some in love, some proud, some muscled, some tough, who often take pleasure in playing mean. [apr. 2010]
They soflty dance and sing a capella. In the townships and hostels where the migrants workers live, the time has stopped for these choirs of men. Immaculate white gloves, shining shoes, three-pieces suits… They stand in circle around their “lida”, their chief… [apr. 2009]
“Here’s the end of the world”, Nazim jokes, showing the lost valley and the mountain road that stops just before him. The young 24 years old man is Gorani, one of Kosovo’s ethnic minories living in the south of the young country. [may 2009]
April 2009. For the past 5 years, the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg had become the last refuge for hundreds of zimbabweans who fled their country. [april 2009]