Repost from a recent assignment following rice, a staple of our everyday lives for @nytimes 🍚 piece by @aurora_alm • • • While global rice prices have been stable, prices in the Philippines have been as high as double the import price. “All the prices have gone up since Duterte became president,” said Lilian Gomez. Through controversy after controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has always been able to count on his appeal among the nation’s poor. But soaring prices for food are starting to alienate that vital base of support. Over the past year, vegetable prices have risen nearly 20%, fish prices 12% and meat prices 7%. The National Food Authority initiated several emergency imports of rice, each time assuring the public that the intervention would drop prices, but it proved too small and too late. @hannahreyesmorales took this photo of a National Food Authority #rice warehouse in Quezon City, #Philippines. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🍚 #nytimes
I was ‘only a girl’ when it happened. But today in my grief I found the words ‘only a girl’ transforming as I began to remember that at 14 I had survived because I had my own strength.
And perhaps, more importantly, because I could rely on the strength of my friends, who helped me find steady footing again.
We were all ‘just’ girls, and yet… How incredible was the strength we carried inside us?
I want to focus on that today. It was other girls who helped me make sense of the world. We embraced each other, giving each other the support that we could not always find from the society around us.
On International Day of the Girl I honor the girls who, at their age, are already making this world a better place than the one they found. For themselves, for each other. I honor the girl who moves and shapes her - our - future. The girl who is not afforded the same opportunities, and yet, finds ways to make them for herself and for the girls around her.
We owe it to our girls to shape this world into a space that empowers them. But today I would also like to take a breath to celebrate girls who at such a young age are already, unknowingly, shaping that world for themselves.
We are here. We will transform that world with you. Girl, you are not alone.
On breaks in between reporting, Madina, my Kazakh translator, went home to say hi to her baby. Loved working with her and our Mongolian fixer, Suvda. It's been magical being in the steppe with a team of women from different backgrounds. Translation is such a delicate and often tiring task, having to embody a story that is not yours. So I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a team who could do so with empathy and care. Excited to share the story but in the meantime here are some cute baby photos 💛
Portrait of a Contortionist, Part II. Worked with @burteujinmn in the cold dusk and watched as her body moved, surreal across a landscape that felt just as unlikely. To be around a person's craft, to take in movements that took years to perfect, in a space both bracing and embracing. #mongolia
One of my favorite places in Manila is here, where the Pasig River meets the Manila Bay. I've seen such beautiful light here. I feel really connected to this place, like I'm part of the city, part of its pulse and beat. It's been a complicated relationship, but this city is the vantage point from which I see the world...a space that raised me, the birthplace of my dreams. #wherethisflowerblooms#manila#home . . Film still from Ryan Hill