Christopher Manson

Honour coursed through everyone and the village wanted her gone

“They’re going to do it on Thursday,” Sabreen’s brother-in-law quietly told her once the other men of the family had…

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Ryan Walker

City residents must leave their homes

Sorpong Peou was the oldest of seven children, and for them, he desperately wanted an end to the civil war…

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Ryan Walker

Homosexuality is illegal in Namibia

By the time he was 21, Elvis knew that he saw men differently. If he glanced sideways in the locker…

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Ryan Walker

Indignity became no different than survival in Dachau

Hidden from view, Erwin Schild watched a fire burning outside his Würzburg seminary as the sky grew light. It was…

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David Kawai

“Year Zero” changed everything

Rain dripped down the face of the nearly-new father, bent in front of his wife’s swollen belly, also veined with…

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Christopher Manson

Once a mighty tree falls ... the earth around it shakes

Avtar Sandhu watched the shapes of strangers slip onto the deck of a cargo ship, a far smaller one than…

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Ryan Walker

All over the empire crisscrossed convoys of men, women and children

Posters appeared in the spring of 1915 across the Ottoman Empire with an order for Armenians to leave immediately. They…

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Tutsis chose to stay and Hutus chose to run

Marguerite Nyandwi lay in a hospital bed with an IV needle in her arm in October 1993. She had malaria…

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Christopher Manson

He wasn’t certain that he really wasn’t sick

The coastline of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, namesake of the British King and colonizer George III, aligns with a long, concrete…

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Chai Bouphaphanh

They followed their mothers in near pitch darkness towards the Mekong River

Back when Chai Bouphaphanh went by Chairuth, the name his friends could still pronounce, Laos was recovering from a long…

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Christopher Manson

What saved her sanity in Herat was her children

Like many middle class teenagers in 1970s Kabul, Shabnam grew up assuming she would go to university. Her father was…

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Christopher Manson

Your skin is dirty

In the early Budapest daylight, Robi Botos walked his stepdaughter to school, and as he walked, he listened. He had…

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Christopher Manson

This deliberate brutality was new, and so were the strange effects of adrenaline

On a Sunday in May, 1997, Joseph awoke to his uncle gently shaking him. There had been a coup, his…

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Ryan Walker

Loly was a long-gone revolutionary

Loly Rico was born into a wealthy San Salvador family. She attended private school, and was rarely left wanting for…

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Christopher Manson

Government troops singled out young Tamils, obsessively suspicious

Tarun was born in 1983, the year civil war began in Sri Lanka. Across the northern part of the island…

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Christopher Manson

People who spoke about freedom and democracy were punished

Rebels took Mie Tha Lah’s father during the night in November 1989, the turbulent year when the military dictatorship declared…

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Christopher Manson

The Taliban ended all expressions of free women

Election season arrived in the north, as it did across Afghanistan, with the Taliban retreat to the eastern border. It…

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David Kawai

Yodit learned how to live as an illegal migrant

Yodit Negusse opened her front door to a young boy sent by a family friend. He told her the kebele,…

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Christopher Manson

Killing began within hours

Their neighbour, whose name Christine does not remember, gave his word that he would hide her family of four. She…

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Sheryl Nadler

He had pretended not to be Roma since childhood

National identity was erratic for a long time, for people living in Eastern Europe. Tibor Lukács was born in the…

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Sheryl Nadler

By January 1991, the state dissolved

“See you in a month!” Hodan Ali called to her parents and siblings from the departures gate at Mogadishu International…

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Ryan Walker

When the signal came to shut up, they stood like statues

When he was discharged in 1980, Zafar Iravan had served the Iranian Navy for 15 years, was the commander of…

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Christopher Manson

It took 1,000 miracles to survive the Holocaust – 999 were not enough

The first years of war passed in relative calm for the 1,800 residents of Botchki, a village south of Bialystok…

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JC Pinheiro

Majed was tortured for seven days

Abu Zaabel is a prison that sits in Cairo and, in 1998, was a torture chamber and convenient hold for…

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Scott McQuarrie

Being Rohingya Muslims meant statelessness

Heavy rains helped families in Buthidaung grow vegetables year-round next to their bamboo-frame homes. There was one annual crop of…

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Christopher Manson

Familiar living stopped and survival began

When Sarajevo was pockmarked and seized in collapse, people began to believe in destiny. It happened to Marko when a…

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Iren Hessami Koltermann, Iran

Baha’is became an outright public enemy

Iren Hessami was old enough to know it was a game, but young enough to be comforted anyway, when her…

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Leah Hennel

Asians had 90 days to leave the country

Before the hijacking, Karim Teja’s father, Sultan, said violence in Uganda ebbs and flows. When Idi Amin deposed the president…

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Ken Do, Vietnam

On the eleventh day, the ocean ended

A girl had collapsed. No one could help, they could barely move from sea sickness. There was no space and…

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Christopher Manson

Santiago had been on edge for months

On the evening of September 10, 1973, as he often did, Claudio Durán met with three colleagues to discuss El…

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Andrew Hidi, Hungary

He marched with thousands of students

Andrew Hidi and his fiancé Suzanne had decided to leave Hungary, but not before getting married and honeymooning for one…

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Leslie Oliver, United States

She was born into slavery

Adeline Oliver had an infant daughter when she and 14 others from the Coombs estate trekked through a forest that…

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