Kavina (left) is a fifty-year-old grandmother who works as a maid. She came to Kenya as a refugee from Uganda; her entire family was killed during the Idi Amin regime. Guillaume Bonn
"I didn’t want to be another statistic of TB." Photo: Sydelle Willow Smith
"I know I can be beaten, I know I can be raped, I know I can be killed. But I am not going to leave. We are stronger as a community." — Kasha. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014. Kuchus in Uganda: Double Lives.
But we, when moved by deep feeling, evaporate; we
breathe ourselves out and away; from moment to moment
our emotions grow fainter, like a perfume. Though someone may tell us:
“Yes, you have entered my bloodstream, the room, the whole springtime
is filled with you…” —what does it matter? He can’t contain us,
we vanish inside him and around him. And those who are beautiful,
oh who can retain them? Appearance ceaselessly rises
in their face, and is gone. Like dew from the morning grass,
what is ours floats into the air, like steam from a dish
of hot food. O smile, where are you going? O upturned glance:
new warm receding wave on the sea of the heart…
alas, but that is what we are. Does the infinite space
we dissolve into, taste of us then? Do the angels really
reabsorb only the radiance that streamed out from themselves, or
sometimes, as if by an oversight, is there a trace
of our essence in it as well?
- from The Second Elegy, Rainer Maria Rilke
(I miss you)
A team of war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has examined and confirmed a huge stash of evidence smuggled out of Syria that implicate Syrian government officials in the systematic killing of 11,000 detainees, according to a joint report from CNN and The Guardian released just two days before peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s civil war are slated to begin. Photo: AFP.