Photo essay: Dispatches
- Undergraduate Field Research
More photos and dispatches written by Undergraduate Associates about their field research can be found in the Dispatches section.
- "Al Ma'bar" ("The Border"): The barrier between
Egypt and Israel, with a soldier guarding the watchtower,
and barbed wire surrounding the area. (The soldier stood
up and reached for his weapon as the car I was in slowed,
as this photo was taken.) This is the new border, rebuilt
after having been broken down by desperate Palestinians
under total Israeli seige in Gaza in late January of 2008.
- Sheep, guided by a young Bedouin shepherdess, meet minivan. The two
share the road, just as mountain-dwelling Bedouins, more urban Arish natives
("Arishiyya"), Palestinians, and "Egyptians" share the town of Arish.
- Domestic Women’s
NGOs in Bangledesh have
internalized the ideas and
even slogans of the United
Nations and its agencies.
The picture shows a poster widely displayed in women’s groups across
Bangladesh, which reflects a widespread shift in the approach of
these domestic organizations from one of charity, based on a concept
of giving to women in need, to one of empowerment, grounded in an
understanding of the inalienability of women’s human rights.
- This picture captures
morning rush hour in
Dhaka. I made my way in
a rickshaw or local taxi
every morning to meet
my informants. The traffic
was dire, but somehow the
rickshaw drivers knew I
was in a rush and told me
they would engage in “risky”
driving, which felt more like
playing bumper cars than
driving to work.
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