“In a sense it looks way crazier when you look at the pictures,” says Baltimore-based activist and musician Ryan Harvey, who traveled to Lesvos, Greece, on a mission to help refugees there last month. “But when you’re actually there, they’re just people.” For Harvey, who works as a construction worker in Baltimore when he’s not on tour playing music, four weeks spent on the Greek island working with the grassroots NGO CK Team was about making a human connection with refugees and gaining firsthand knowledge of war’s impact. Listen to him talk about his trip in-person at Red Emma’s, Thursday, March 24.
Purim is a Jewish holiday commemorating the saving of the Jewish people from genocide. The story is recorded in the Book of Esther.
Purim is celebrated among Jews with costumes, gifts of food and drink, donations to the poor and public recitation of the Book of Esther.
The Natural History Museum in London’s “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition runs until September 11.
Locals and Indian Hindu widows throw participated in Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India, on Monday. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women, they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.
Across the globe, St. Patrick’s Day 2016 was a pageant of revelry, faith and activism. In Dublin, crowds filled the streets for a glimpse of large, colorful floats. In Northern Ireland, pilgrims walked to St. Patrick’s resting place. In New York, former protesters became marchers with an end to a ban on openly gay parade participants.
The decision by Macedonia to close its border to migrants last week has left thousands of people stranded at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonia border. The closure, following the lead taken by neighboring countries, has effectively sealed the so-called western Balkan route, the main migration route that has been used by hundreds of thousands of migrants to reach countries in western Europe such as Germany. Humanitarian workers have described the conditions at the camp as desperate, which has been made much worse by recent spells of heavy rain.
Surfers from all over the world come to Lofoten islands to surf in extrem conditions. Ocean temperature is 5-6 °C, air temperature around 0°C in spite of a weather very unstable.