Leticia in southern Colombia sits at the junction of Brazil and Peru in an area called Tres Fronteras. It is a major port along the Amazon, and venders sell food, clothing and other wares in the colourful marketplace. One Amazon culinary delight is the coconut grub, found in dead palm trees. They are sold alive and wiggling, but are best when marinated in citrus fruit and grilled. Neither Tallulah nor I had the stomach to sample one of these fat little delicacies.
Jour des Morts in Haiti is the annual celebration of voodoo when Ghede, the family of spirits that rule over death and fertility, make a pilgrimage to the corporeal world, lured by voodoo priests and priestesses, music and fetishes. Continue reading
As you can see by the beatific expression on this policeman’s face, one of the tougher assignments in Cartagena, Colombia is crowd control in the barrio of the winner of the annual Miss Popular beauty pageant. Pictured is Geraldine Alvarez Continue reading
Kliptown in Soweto, South Africa has a remarkable history – not to mention hair dressers who create glamorous braided hairstyles for their clients. Kliptown’s homes are tiny, often-leaky affairs with corrugated iron roofs. There are uneven Continue reading
Through the efforts of Journeys to the Edge, Sebastian Petion of Port-au-Prince, Haiti has been accepted into the Langara College Documentary Production Program, starting this September. Sebastian is a former star college basketball Continue reading
Dora Lucy Arias fights for human rights and the rule of law in Colombia with the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CCAJAR), trying to bring justice to the victims of military and paramilitary brutality. The conditions for human rights lawyers, judges, journalists, opposition politicians and trade unionists have Continue reading
Baribú Geraga ‘Gustavo’ Mejia Makuna lives in the Amazon at the southern-post tip of Colombia in the “Big House,” an enormous one-room oblong hut with a steep roof made of grey-weathered, interlacing palm fronds and a wall of wooden planks. Gustavo, as he prefers to be called, is a shaman and political leader, Continue reading