Dal nuovo numero di @ilreportage, acquistabile in libreria e sul nostro sito web in formato cartaceo e in e-book. "Vita a rischio del Mekong da cui dipendono le sorti di 60 milioni di persone" .
Testo di Angela Gennaro
Foto di @dibiagioandrea
Laos, Si Phan Don. I delfini hanno un muso buffo e tondeggiante. Sono il “tesoro vivente nazionale”. Le loro pinne smussate solcano le acque di questo arcipelago fluviale nel fiume Mekong, nella provincia di Champasak. Nel 1997, lungo le rive del Mekong, i delfini Irradaway erano soltanto duecento, ora si è verificato il primo aumento degli ultimi vent’anni e c’è una (cauta) speranza che il ripopolamento sia alle porte. (...) #ilreportage#reportage#journalism#photojournalism#documentaryphotography#magazine#storiefluviali#mekong#laos#sposi#wedding#story#dailylife#life#asia
“Labaik, allahuma labaik”…the words circle around the air from loud speaker to speaker across the city, just as on the lips and murmurations of the hundreds of thousands who circle the Kabbah in Makkah on their pilgrimage. Eid is approaching. There's a hastening pace amongst locals rushing to gather food and sweets for the guests. Kids are always the most spoilt at Eid- money, gifts, extra cuddles- they get it all, laughing as they run past the sheep tied up in the streets. Oh the sheep. they know what’s coming, sitting and waiting in hushed silence. The Eid al-Adha tradition is to sacrifice an animal, based on the remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Abraham) obedience to God to sacrifice his son. In Islam children are seen as the manifestation of innocence. God sent a ram to be sacrificed instead. Tradition states that the meat is divided into three parts; one for the poor, one for neighbours and friends, and one for the family to keep. There is a sense of peace across communities the world over celebrating the day. This photo was captured in the old souk in Tabbaneh, just a few years ago heavy fighting between two neighbourhoods adjacent to one another wreaked havoc and injured hundreds here. Put simply it was political not sectarian; a proxy conflict between Alwaites, loyal to Assad in Syria, and Sunnis, seen as being supported by Saudi. The community's strength has led to many initiatives successfully bringing the former combatants together towards peace. The fighting has ceased although its scars remain embedded into people’s homes, minds, memories and sometimes physically so. In a survey carried out in the community, one of the key words mentioned repeatedly for the cause of the cessation was, ‘children’. Here the youth are the ones participating in the change between the two fractured communities, acting in plays together, playing football together, slowly growing and healing together. Whatever the outcome, it is the youth that will bring change.