Rachel Pieh Jones's Archive

The Wells of Wajir    

By / October 2019

“The presence of water in the desert leads to legend and myth, tales of miracles,” writes Rachel Pieh Jones. “The control of that water, or lack of it, leads to eternal conflict.”


Beirut Has a Garbage Problem

By / December 2016

“What will happen,” asks Rachel Pie when the temporary landfills overflow or if the ocean-side dump is blocked because of environmental damage? No one knows. For now, people are simply glad to be able to bike through the city without plugging their noses or wearing face masks.


Who Was Hawa Tako?

By / October 2016

In Somalia, the ongoing debate about a national hero’s legacy: “There are two ways of remembering Hawa Tako. There is the woman and there is the meaning of the woman. The stories of our national heroes shape our histories and our futures. They become monuments of personal and collective memory.”


Letter from Bankoulé

By / September 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones goes looking for a waterfall in the Djiboutian desert: “I tried to keep my expectations low. I know how little water there is in the desert, how unlikely it is to fall in substantial cascades.”


Dreams of Djiboutian Olympic Glory

By / August 2016

Ayanleh Souleiman is Djibouti’s best hope for an Olympic medal in nearly thirty years. Rachel Pieh Jones interviewed him about his hopes for Rio.


Letter from Forli

By / July 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones writes from Forli, (adopted) home of dictators, bell towers, pseudo-historical scandal, and perhaps the world’s most beautiful prison.