ED KASHI

In the Hot Zone: CKDnT in Sri Lanka

Suffering through nearly three decades of bloody secessionist fighting, Sri Lanka endured unrelenting hardships for the population, environment, and economy. Although the civil war ended in May 2009, the nation still faces a fierce battle. Like many other countries around the globe, Sri Lanka is going up against a seemingly…

CKDnT in India

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is a scourge of the rich world generally caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity. An alternative form of CKD however, is finding it’s way into the developing world. Known as chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes, or CKDnT, victims are mainly agricultural workers,…

Desi Gas

The following text is an excerpt from “Flashes” – a work of short fiction inspired by the stories of desi gas station attendants in New Jersey. These images were created to accompany this creative writing piece originally published in Issue #3 of Newest Americans. Written by Rutgers University – Newark…

Muddy feet of Bedouin boys who are drilling for water in the desert in August 1992 in Syria. “The drought that began in 2006 was the worst on record and was “more than twice as likely as a consequence of human interference in the climate system,” shows the report, which was published today in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The country was not prepared for such extreme conditions...Syrians were “vulnerably tied to the land,” says Shahrzad Mohtadi, author of the socio-political component of the study.” Decades-long bad agricultural policies exacerbated the effects of the dry period. In the 1970s, president Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez, pushed for the country’s agricultural self-sufficiency rather than sustainability, says Mohtadi. Syria depended on wheat and cotton, both crops which require a lot rain. The quotas for agricultural production were high, which led to the digging of countless, unregulated water wells. The severe, three-year drought depleted the country’s unchecked water resources and caused “widespread crop failure,” the report says.”

Everyday Climate Change

@EverydayClimateChange is a collaborative Instagram feed that launched in January 2015. It features work from a collective of photographers who share photographs made across the 7 continents. The feed presents visual evidence that climate change doesn’t just happen “over there”; it is also happening “right here”. EverydayClimateChange documents not only…

Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Sonia Iris Cardona, who taught bilingual language classes for 29 years for Kindergarten through 8th graders, first started showing signs of Early Onset Alzheimer’s at age 48. After being passed around for a while by two of her children, Sonia was “dropped…off…with a small suitcase” on the steps of her…

Sugarcane & Kidney Disease

Beyond Nicaragua, where the average life span of men who harvest sugarcane is 49 years, the Central American country of El Salvador is also impacted by the epidemic known as Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnT). According to the Center for Public Integrity, CKDnT is now killing more people…

Marseille’s Melting Pot

In 2010 – 2011, Ed Kashi spent time photographing in Marseille, France on assignment for National Geographic. Marseille is the second largest city in France, and has the largest Muslim population of any city in Europe. A 2012 New York Times article touted this diverse port city as “a multicultural…

Palliative Care in Mexico

Remedios Ramirez Facio (73) lives with her husband on a small plot of land in Atitalaquia, a village in the state of Hidalgo in Central Mexico. When a Human Rights Watch team visited their modest home on a warm Sunday in late August 2014, Ramirez’s energy level was remarkable for…

Syrian Refugees

Since Syria’s civil war began in March 2011, over 2 million people seeking sanctuary from the raging violence have fled to neighboring countries like Jordan and Iraq. The chaos and violence have given rise to a noticeable increase in mental illness in displaced refugees, particularly among the youth.

Pot Security

The danger surrounding the new legal pot industry in Colorado is a growing issue.  Security efforts are being made to protect these companies who are left without government support or protection due to conflicting state and federal laws.  This story looks at pot culture and the challenge of security around…

It’ll Be Better Next Year

Along with Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi documented small farming communities in and around the western tip of the Oklahoma Panhandle and their current struggle against the worst drought the region has seen in fifty years.

The Island Of Widows

In Nicaragua, the average lifespan of men who harvest sugarcane is 49 years. At the root of these early deaths is an epidemic known as Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu). In the town of Chichigalpa, often called the “Island of Widows,” 1-in-3 men, mostly cane workers, have end-stage…

Northern Nigeria

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and one of the world’s most important oil producers. Evenly split between a primarily Muslim north and a Christian south, over 50 percent of the nation’s population lives in poverty. The situation is particularly dire in the north where scarcity impacts more than 70…

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