Rachel Pieh Jones's Archive

Walking in Somaliland

By / May 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones takes to the streets of Hargeisa on foot. “I was aware of everything from harmonicas to screeching tires, who was behind us, who was in front of us, who was talking. Was the woman right?”

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Around the World in Toilets

By / May 2016

Wherever you travel, you’re going to need a bathroom. What will you find? Well, it depends on the place.

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The Fish in the Clouds

By / March 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones unravels a mystery on the streets of Dire Dawa: “I’m not sure which is more implausible: that fish fall from clouds or that the government could come up with such a creative ruse to pacify a potential conflict.”

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Women Are My Tribe

By / February 2016

Rachel Jones on the gender imbalance in Djibouti’s most popular sport: “The men are playing games while the women are working. To outsiders this can seem inherently sexist.”

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You Can’t Go Home Again

By / January 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones profiles a Yemeni American struggling to make a life in a new country: “It is so expensive here,” Ibrahim said. “I can’t work. My kids aren’t in school. We don’t speak French. We feel so much stress.”

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To Find a House, To Make a Home

By / December 2015

In Djibouti, writes Rachel Pieh Jones, the work of dilals, or house finders, is unheralded yet profound: “Home becomes our place of melding the old and new, familiar and foreign, into the shape of our own liking.”

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