Rachel Pieh Jones's Archive

Environmental Distaster

Beirut Has a Garbage Problem

By / December 2016

“What will happen,” asks Rachel Pieh Jones, “when Beirut’s temporary landfills overflow or if the ocean-side dump is blocked because of environmental damage?”

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Somali banknote featuring Hawo Tako

Who Was Hawa Tako?

By / October 2016

In Somalia, the 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 become monuments of personal and collective memory.”

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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.”

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Ayanleh Souleiman

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.

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San Mercuriale. Photograph by kristobalite

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.

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Photograph by Francisco Anzola 1

Tea Time at the TB Clinic

By / June 2016

When, asks writer Rachel Pieh Jones, is it rude for a foreigner to refuse a drink? “My way has always been to say yes, to fried camel hump, rancid butter, syrupy drinks. But am I still foreign? Does time erase the pressure to comply?”

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