Join us LIVE with photographer Greg Constantine, who is discussing his work on statelessness.
Freelance photographer Greg Constantine will wrap up a two-week US visit with an evening talks @ pulitzer in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 30. We will live-stream the event using Google Hangout on Air. The live video feed will be available on this page and also on YouTube. Tweet your questions using #PClive.
Since 2006 Constantine has worked on a project called “Nowhere People,” which examines the plight of minority groups who are not citizens of any country. Exhibitions and projections of his work have been held in St. Louis, Dhaka, London, Geneva, Nairobi, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. His first book, “Kenya’s Nubians: Then & Now,” was published in late 2011 and his second, “Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya,” in May 2012.
Constantine and reporter Stephanie Hanes worked together on the Pulitzer Center-supported 2012 reporting project “Statelessness: A Human Rights Crisis.” The National Press Photographers Association recently named the related Pulitzer Center-produced e-book “In Search of Home” one of the best Tablet/Mobile Delivery projects of the year. The e-book focuses on stateless people from Kenya, Burma and the Dominican Republic.
Tuesday, April 30
Get ready inter-webs. Pulitzer Center is going live. Talks @ Pulitzer is coming to the web via Google Hangout on Air. On Tuesday at 6pm, photographer Greg Constantine will be speaking about his work on statelessness and his award-winning e-book. The video will be streaming on our website on this page, and you can tweet questions and thoughts to us at #PClive.
On Monday, a front-page New York Times article profiled a Afghan man who sold his daughter into child marriage to repay a debt (The man now says an anonymous donor repaid the debt was paid before the article ran).
Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.
Over an eight-year period, photographer and Pulitzer Center grantee Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action.
How to help: National Geographic has compiled a list of organizations that encourage families to delay marriage and give girls an opportunity to reach their full potential.
See more photos and read reporting from Cynthia Gorney and Stephanie Sinclair at the Pulitzer Center’s website.
It took a long journey, several 10-hour jeep rides, and many bumpy unpaved roads for photographer Allison Shelley and writer Allyn Gaestel to reach the rural villages in Nepal where women practice chaupadi.
Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. According to Shelley and Gaestel, they are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods.
Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open. The crude spaces are often not heated and provide little protection from the elements — or from rape. Despite being outlawed in 2005, social and cultural traditions keep chaupadi alive. Shelley told me that women and children have died from exposure, burning or animal attacks, all while practicing chaupadi.
Shelley says she was shocked when she first learned of chaupadi while researching global women’s health issues back in the U.S. But she came to realize it was a much more complex issue than simply ordering women back into their homes.
Photo Credit: Allison Shelley
“Through his camera lens, award-winning photojournalist [and Pulitzer Center grantee] Louie Palu tells the story of Mexico’s drug wars. For nearly a year, he criss-crossed more than 3,000 kilometres of US.-Mexico border to capture powerful images of violence and despair and document the U.S. effort to keep smugglers and migrants out. His travels took him deep within cartel country in Culiacán, Sinaloa, through multiple border towns and to Washington D.C.”
From Pulitzer Center grantee Louie Palu’s latest post for Untold Stories:
“In December 2011, when I was in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, multiple murders occurred on an almost daily basis as sicarios—assassins—“heated up the plaza,” the term used when one rival crime group enters another’s turf, killing and causing havoc. But, as I drive through Juarez in July 2012 it’s hard to imagine the past slaughter. There are signs that things are turning around with new businesses opening.
Although much has been reported on Juarez, the history of what happened there can’t be fully understood without visiting the State of Sinaloa on Mexico’s West Coast, which is the cradle of much of the narco-trafficking in Mexico. The cities and municipalities of Navolato, Culiacan and Badiraguato are the birthplaces of many key organized crime figures—some living, some dead, some in jail. Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera aka “Chapo,” Amado Carrillo Fuentes aka “Lord of the Skies,” Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo aka “El Padrino,” and Ismael Zambada Garcia aka “El Mayo” have been among some of the principal actors in the drug underworld. They all hail from Sinaloa and helped create the main cartels that have fought for or formed alliances with each other for control of Juarez.”
From Pulitzer Center grantee David Rochkind’s Instagram:
“A support group for people with HIV and their friends and family in Triunfo de La Cruz, a Garifuna community in #Honduras. This is one of the most active #HIV support groups in the region. #pulitzercenter”
David Rochkind and Jens Erik Gould are in the field reporting on the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people in Honduras with a unique language and culture, who are fighting the highest rate of HIV in the western hemisphere. See more of their field notes here.
NPR’s Picture Show featured Pulitzer Center grantee Mustafah Abdulaziz’s photos from Sierra Leone:
Traditionally, water symbolizes life and renewal, but in Sierra Leone it is also a vehicle for epidemic and death — the focus of photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz’s project “Water Is Gold,” which documents the causes and effects of the country’s recent cholera outbreak.
Last year, Sierra Leone experienced the worst cholera outbreak in its history, Abdulaziz writes for the Pulitzer Center, which funded his trip. There were 20,736 cases of cholera with 280 deaths since the beginning of 2012, he adds.
Abdulaziz spent most of his time in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, which, he writes, was “built to support less than half the current population of 2 million.” The slums are overcrowded, unsanitary and sprawling — the perfect breeding ground for the disease.
Photo Credit: Mustafah Abdulaziz