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  • PHOTO ESSAY - Andre Malerba
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Built On Their Backs by Andre Malerba

In the Hlawga township of Yangon, Myanmar, hundreds of workers toil to make bricks from the very ground on which they live. Backhoes and men dig up clay that is fashioned into sun-dried bricks, which are then stacked into 20-foot high kilns and baked for several days. The entire process takes two or three weeks. Most of the workers are migrants, either having been kicked off their land in Myanmar by the government or are the victims of disappearing, traditional ways of life. Continue reading »

Mekong – The Mother of Rivers

The Mekong River, flowing through China, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, is home to the world’s largest inland fishery and hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity. In Laos, the river, also known as the Mother of Rivers, is the country’s economic and spiritual lifeline. Along its riverbanks, riparian villagers farm on its fertile soil, fish from its waters, and mine for gold hidden in its belly.  Continue reading »

John Lehmann – Beachcombers

Erik Hammond, a third-generation beachcomber, could very well be among the last. With the high costs of equipment and gas and the dwindling return on logs, beachcombing is now a sunset industry.
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Terje Abusdal – The Bear Slayer

Latvia has had a rough conception and a difficult childhood. With superpowers Russia and Germany as closest neighbors, the country has been under continuous occupation since the early middle ages.
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Nicoletta Valdisteno – Deafness in Kenya: The Silent Struggle

Photos: Nicoletta Valdisteno
Text: Federica Araco

Kenya, together with Uganda and South Africa, is the third country in Africa to include sign language (KSL) among its official national languages, next to Swahili and English. After KSL’s constitutional recognition in 2003, important reforms were enacted to support KSL users, which number about 700,000 – the largest minority in the country.

In 2013, 30% of state contracts were entrusted to companies managed by young people, women, and the disabled. That includes the deaf, who unfortunately continue to see the greatest effects from unemployment.
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