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Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Hunting for honey and tigers in the Sundarbans

April 21, 2012

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Fun fact about Bangladesh #1: Statistically, there is one human death every three days that is attributed to an attack by the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger. All of these incidents take place in the southwestern corner of Bangladesh, a steamy, mangrove jungle known to the locals as the Sundarbans. Apparently the Bengal tiger has a […]

Amar desh, amar shopno: voices of young Bangladeshis

September 26, 2011

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Amar desh, amar shopno. My country, my dream. Bangladesh is a nation of young people. About 50 million people, or one third of the population, make up the youth of Bangladesh. In Boda last week, in the far northwest of Bangladesh, about 50 of these young people met at a Youth Against Hunger forum to […]

Adventures in Kaliganj – my first field trip!

August 16, 2011

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Last week I ventured outside of Dhaka, seven hours along a dirt road – at times dusty, at times muddy, and at all times death-defying – to visit a peaceful upazila (district) in southwest Bangladesh. I spent the days squelching my toes in thick, gooey mud, showering in the morning rain, plucking guavas fresh from […]

Hong Kong: hunting for history

February 11, 2011

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Kat Hing Wai (吉慶圍) is a walled village in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It is home to about 400 descendants of the Tang clan, who built the wall in the early 1600s to protect their village from bandits. Today, most of the homes inside have been renovated but the six-metre thick wall still remains. The […]