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The tense border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

High in the steep, green mountains of central Hispaniola, near the long and porous border that divides the island where Columbus’ New World ventures began, and which is now shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, lies a hamlet called Las Petacas. Set amid mist-shrouded stands of coffee and maize, its dirt-floored shacks are far closer to the capital of Haiti—Port-au-Prince is less than 40 miles away—than to Santo Domingo. ...


My Sensational Drama Queen

An ode to Bogotá

We are publishing this essay on contemporary Bogotá alongside a mid-century portrait of the city written by ...


The Street: Bogotá, 1960

Never-before-translated vignettes on city-life by a young Gabriel García Márquez

In 1960 the Camacho Roldan Bookstore published a series of books under the title Colombia: Country ...


Under God

As Moscow transforms, one corner of the city remains sacred

Translated by Sarah Jane There are places in Moscow that are directly under God’s protection, places ...


Desert Pilgrims

The wild characters drawn to Joshua Tree and Death Valley

On a late spring evening, I am walking through Joshua Tree National Park with Ken Layne, ...


Legal Lynching

On death row in Texas

In 2016, a police officer was shot to death in San Antonio. A man was arrested, ...


So Long Out of Ireland

Teaching storytelling as a national tradition

I have been out of Ireland for many years, but in fact, I have never left. ...


The Kuti Legacy

Femi Kuti on politics, family and the future of Nigerian music

A uniquely congenial atmosphere welcomes visitors to The New Afrika Shrine in the Ikeja area of ...


My Father’s Land

The indelible marks of slavery in Jamaica

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs? Where is your tribal memory? Sirs, in that grey ...

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Photo credit: ICRC

Migrant Call Centers

In May 2019, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) set up call centers along the most popular migrant routes in West Africa, allowing people fleeing their home countries to contact their families for free. Most of the mobile phone banks were located in Niger, which has two such call centers at bus stations in Agadez, two in Arlit and one in Dirkou. They were established as part of the ICRC’s program to assist migrants in keeping in touch with loved ones. Since the Niger locations were established, the ICRC has extended the program to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia. According to the nonprofit Infomigrants, the phone stands aren’t just there for free phone calls either: volunteers also inform their clients of “the dangers linked to sea- or desert-crossings.”

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