In a refugee camp in Jordan, a Syrian flute helps a displaced shepherd keep the past alive: “It took weeks to learn how to breathe in and blow out at the same time,” Jehad says. “Now I can play nonstop for hours.”
One of the world’s oldest cities, Beirut is also among the Middle East’s most diverse, with sizable populations of many Muslim and Christian sects. Photographer Scott Lashinsky sends these pictures of Beirut’s many colors.
In a Jordanian village, the Al Qurashi family has been making olive oil for generations: “Harun dumps the pulp into a pan and massages the mess with his fingers. He scoops up a fist-sized portion, squeezes it between his palms.”
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.”
Nellie Safadi teaches Danny Wright how to make a Jordanian culinary staple: “In Arabic,” she says, “the word mansaf means ‘blow up.’ People eat the dish so fast it looks like it has exploded in every direction.”
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.