Mikor lesz már hangos gif?
to mark world theatre day, held on march 27, one hundred young syrians from jordan’s zaatari refugee camp acted in an adapted production of king lear. the play — which tells a story of exile, of a ruler losing touch with reality, and of a land divided by rival groups — was directed was nawar bulbul (third photo), a popular syrian actor who fled his country after appearing in anti government protests.
"i wanted to show that these children are not worthless …that they have something real to contribute." he said. “the show is meant to bring back laughter, joy and humanity” and "help [the children] express themselves." the kids — all under the age of fifteen — were actively involved in the costuming, for example.
many of the children cried when they heard the applause of onlookers at the play’s end. said one child, “i do not feel lonely any more in this place.” their parents described the project as a rare point of light in a bleak camp existence. after the show, they boasted of their children’s talent.
the production, months in the planning, was also meant to help counteract the effects of a war that has caused young syrians to miss vital years of education. about 60,000 of the refugees at the zaatari camp are younger than eighteen, and fewer than a quarter regularly attend school. many fear the war is creating a lost generation of children.
photos are by warrick page for the new york times and jared kohler for unhcr. for more on syria’s refugee crisis, see #withsyria, care international, oxfam syria crisis appeal, human care syria and free syrian voices
(it’s interesting to note that shakespeare actually mentions the city of aleppo in mabeth, which serves as a reminder that syria is one of our oldest centers of civilization.)
"i had spent about three months with this cheetah mum and her cubs. it is hard to describe the love and affection of a cheetah mother and her young. the daily challenges to bring her offspring to adulthood is amazing." — ken dyball in kenya’s masai mara
oke, inkabb le is torlom a psd-t.
photos by (click pic): (1,7) zain karam in aleppo; (2, 3, 6, 9) khalil ashawi in deir al-zor; (4) ahmad aboud in deir al-zor; (5) zac baille in deir al-zor; (8) thaer al khalidiya in homs; (10) reuters, ain terma in ghouta, east of damascus
march 15 marks the three year anniversary of the syrian “day of rage,” which followed the march 6 arrest and torture of fourteen boys who wrote “the people want the downfall of the regime” on a wall in the southern city of daraa.
the conflict has left an estimated 146,000 people dead, created more than 2.2 million refugees (three quarters being women and children), displaced more than 6.5 million within syria, and left nearly 9.3 million in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Donkey-Powered Lamb Taxi
In the early spring shepherds drive huge flocks of livestock, herd sheep, mules, donkeys, and goats from the Pre-Alpine Hills to the Plains Of Lombardy, for grazing. The newborn lambs are carried in this custom made side saddle by the donkeys, and returned to their mothers at rest time.