Giving Up ‘Mostly Everything’ to Care for His Wife
When Abdou Travare’s wife, Ramata, learned she had dementia, he quit his job to be by her side. His savings have dwindled, and he has struggled to pay the rent.
In Senegal, Absolution Comes With a Wing and a Prayer
In Dakar and other cities, men stand on street corners with cages of birds known as pithis, which people buy and release to get rid of sins and anxiety.
Little Birds That Carry Away Troubles
Family conflict? Financial stress? Heartache? Legal trouble? Health issues? Birds called pithis, sold on the streets of Senegal, are believed to carry away sins when set free.
Helping Curators Find Their Footing
Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive programs help art professionals from around the world expand their knowledge and networks.
What in the World? 10 Questions on Global Quirks
If you’ve been a “What in the World” reader, we hope we’ve surprised you, made you smile and maybe even taught you something about another culture. To celebrate the posting of our 100th article, we offer this quiz, where you can test your new knowledge of quirky facts from around the globe.
The Wave Riders of Dakar
Swells from North and South bring the surf to the edge of Western Africa.
On Sundays in Senegal, Surf’s Up for the Sheep
Washing livestock in the Atlantic is a weekly tradition, even on the crowded beaches near the capital, Dakar, that the human swimmers favor.
What’s That on Your Bumper? A Hairy Kind of Car Insurance
Ponytails are attached to taxis for strength and good fortune in West Africa. Religious icons are also popular blessings for safe travel.
The Poisoning of Children Around the World
The problem of lead poisoning extends far beyond Flint.
Rediscovering Joy After War, a Photographer Returns to Africa
Burned out after decades covering death and mayhem, a photographer rediscovered the joy of his craft while covering a fashion show in Senegal, where his career began.
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