Broken; But Trying to Be Whole
Even though we’re broke; even though sadness dampens the skies, and shards of our heart lay broken around us - somehow, in some way we learn to smile.
Things will always be broken. We, will always be broken. I don’t know if a fix exists for all the problems we have, and face. But maybe that’s the whole point? Not to sit on the couche, tired and exhausted - but to continue to wage the war within our selves. Our angels and demons. Our mistakes and the consequences. To come to terms with what we think are our faults - but in reality are just facts we need to learn to live with. Almost as if life is trying to tell us who we are; as if life is teaching us how to live with ourselves
1. Women weave a carpet in Herat on April 15, 2013. The popular wool and silk Afghan carpets made by different tribes sell from 150 to 1,000 US dollars. (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)
2. Kochi women walk along the Kabul-Bagram road north of Kabul on April 2, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
3. A girl carries a child on the outskirts of Herat on April 9, 2013. (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)
4. A villager pauses in Kush Kunar District, in Nangarhar province on April 7, 2013. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)
5. A store at Rabia Balkhi displays miniature designs draped on used coca-cola bottles at an all-women’s market on Chedgari Street in Mazar-e-Sharif province on April 25, 2013. The market houses about 20 women-owned stores that sell a range of goods from handicrafts to beauty supplies and photography equipment, and is named after the famous princess and poet Rabia Balkhi who lived in the city of Balkh during the 9th century. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images)
6. A fisherman paddles into the Kabul River to fish on the outskirts of Mehtar Lam in Laghman Province on April 27, 2013. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Afghan refugees wait in temporary shelters near the Afghan border in Herat, Afghanistan on April 13, 2013. 200 Afghan families deported from Iran live in harsh conditions in temporary shelters in Herat. (Jalil Rezayee/EPA)
8. Boys ride donkeys past ruined houses in Bamiyan province on April 27, 2013. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)
One reason on why I’m proud to be Cambodian. Our culture is so beautiful especially our dancing attire. This woman right here is called an “Apsara.”
Why I “Like”…
I just like things to let people know I’ve read it.
I’ve read it, so they can rest assured that someone out there cares for them and is hoping/praying for the best.
Sometimes people don’t need words. They need gestures. And liking is my “arm around the shoulder” or my laugh or my smile.
It means I care. It means their words have reached me.
— David Ramirez (via erraticintrovert)
Anyone know how to change country support on iphone(4) itunes? Accidentally switched from Canada to America. Thanks in advance
YOU LIVE IN CANADA!?!? WHERE!?!?
Sorry for being uber creepy. And also I have no idea. I’ve never owned an iPod. Haha. But if any of my followers can help Clive out feel free. :)
Hahah no it’s ok. Thought you deduced before that I did for some reason =P I live in Vancouver(Richmond) just so you know haha. Much appreciated!
No I hadn’t. Omg - on the other side of the country. Haha Ahh well.
These Tusks, Thailand
Deeply rooted in Thai culture, elephant training has traditionally been a familial heritage passed down through the generations. A mahout, one who ‘drives’ an elephant, is typically young when he is entrusted with an adolescent elephant to train. The pair will remain together throughout the elephant’s lifespan of around seventy years of age. As part of the daily routine, mahouts bring their elephants to bathe in the rivers. Here the mahout ushers his animal into the river with a tender intimacy. The pair sleep twenty feet from each other at night. Before 1989, most domestic elephants were used for logging and forest service to haul logs up mountains. This became illegal as widespread destruction of Thailand’s forests resulted in worsening monsoons. Unlike the elephant populations of India and Africa, 95% of Thailand’s elephants are domesticated working elephants and privately owned.(By Lisa Kristine Fine Art Photography)
A Health Ministry inspector poured bleach over pots full of food in a Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv Sunday night.
The inspector, from the ministry’s district office for Tel Aviv, was participating in a raid by police and municipal inspectors on illegal businesses owned by African migrants. Altogether, the raid shut down 10 businesses in the city’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, confiscating their equipment and welding the doors shut. The equipment was then loaded onto vans by other African migrants who had been hired as contract workers.
Many diners saw the inspector pouring bleach on the food, and one, asylum-seeker Aladin Abaker from Sudan’s Darfur region, posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. He also described his feelings of humiliation.
“Everyone − except the destroyers − was in tears from the humiliation,” he wrote. “The waitress told us, ‘I’ve seen very harsh things in my life, like torture in Sinai, but this humiliated me more than what happened to me in Sinai.”
Abaker accused the inspector of “insensitivity to people and their culture, which sees food as a sacred thing that must be respected,” and said the raid was aimed at “embittering our lives so we’ll return to Africa ‘voluntarily.’”
Altogether, he said, more than 200 kilograms of meat, chicken and fish and over 500 prepared meals were destroyed.
The inspectors said they didn’t know where the meat came from and therefore feared for the diners’ health, Abaker wrote. “We told them: But this is the only place we’ve eaten all our meals for four years now, and none of us ever had stomach problems. Even whites eat here.”
The Health Ministry responded that inspectors had discovered “deplorable sanitary conditions, food stored under unsuitable conditions and temperatures, and food from unknown sources. In order to preserve the public’s health and that of the diners themselves, it was decided to destroy the food immediately. As part of the process of destroying the food, chemicals suitable to this purpose are used. It should be noted that this was a routine process of food destruction that is no different from other destructions of food/meat.”
Tel Aviv’s deputy city manager, Ruby Zelof, said the raids were carried out “to eradicate the undesirable phenomenon of businesses operating illegally, with sanitation and safety problems and illegal connections to electricity and water, and sales of alcoholic beverages without permits.”
Haaretz | Photo credit: Aladin Abaker
Knesset Member Miri Regev — a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party — called the refugees “a cancer in our body” and Danny Danon — also a Likud Knesset Member — wrote on his Facebook page referring to the Africans as “infiltrators”. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the African asylum seekers threaten “the Zionist dream,” adding, “Jobs will root them here.”
- Why is the birth rate in Israel’s Ethiopian community declining? Ethiopian women who immigrated to Israel were coaxed into agreeing to injections of long-acting birth control drugs, or told they would not be allowed into the country
- Israeli woman has her photo taken with Africans, titles the Facebook album: “Late night tour of the Tel Aviv Safari”, captions the photo: “There are no signs forbidding taking pictures with the animals. There were no signs that forbid feeding, but we passed on that.”
This is beyond disgusting. I can’t even comprehend how much hate this post contained. I feel sick.