03. 06. 2014

A Complicated Relationship to Truth

In 2009, New York Time’s Nicholas Kristof told the story of Long Pross, a young girl forced into prostitution whose tortured, abused, and mutilated body bore witness to the deep scars left by...

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29. 04. 2014

Privileged Suffering and the “Worthy” Victim

Yesterday 680 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its top spiritual leader, were sentenced to death in Egypt for the killing of a single police officer during a riot last...

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10. 04. 2014
Portrait of a Beri-beri woman

dissertating, diversions, and data.

I’ve been spending some time (read: all of my time) trying to synthesize my findings into something cohesive, comprehensible, and cogent. Hundreds of pages (months, and, admittedly, tears) later, I have a half-written...

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26. 03. 2014

Curse of the white camel

Lahiya’s story was difficult to follow, her narrative bounced between decades, husbands, and biomedical and supernatural understandings of the world. Frequently she would stop midsentence, eyeing my research assistant or pinching my biceps...

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15. 10. 2013

Locating the African Man

I sat with a father who held the hand of his adult daughter as she fitfully slept, jerking awake anytime the large growth, which had consumed her breast and migrated to her left...

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03. 10. 2013

In My Village

On particularly hot days, when the prospect of conducting another interview feels particularly onerous, languid afternoons often degenerate into play. Or should I say, something approximating play but probably closer to a theatre...

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20. 09. 2013
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War on Risk

My hands still smell of bleach. My silk headscarf hangs off the chair, browned with blood. It was a hard day. The morning began innocuously enough (given the context). Women with pregnant bellies...

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12. 09. 2013

Six Beds. Sixty Minutes.

“Monday mornings are the worst,” the nurse tells me as we wade through pools of women at the chaotic Maternity Hospital. “Women wait at home all weekend, then come to the hospital after...

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05. 09. 2013

Waiting Patiently on the Threshold between Life and Death

I sit in the waiting room outside of the office of the director of the Maternité Issaka Gazoby – one of the largest centers for women’s gynecological and obstetrical problems in the country....

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23. 08. 2013
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Poking, Prodding, Prying and the Failure to Saturate

I recently read an article about the experiences and expectations of women living with fistula in sub Saharan Africa. The study used a mixed-methods approach, marrying closed-answer questionnaires with in-depth qualitative interviews. While...

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