In the southeast of Myanmar, just outside of Mawlamyine in Mon State, the Shwe Nga Lay “Goldfish” Group operates out of an unassuming building, which they constructed with their own funds.
Labu Tale, sitting on the edge of a deep inlet in Papua New Guinea is a very traditional Papuan village, with distinctive customs and rituals. These have deep significance even today as speedboats and mobile phones open it up to the modern world.
A member the Banwaon ethnic group, Liling belongs to what is known in the Philippines as a “Lumad”, or indigenous community, settled in the remote hills of Mindanao, the southernmost region of the country.
”If you die, it must be the lion that kills you. That is what they say in Senegal. This is what a returnee migrant explains to me in Diourbel, Senegal, as I try to understand why youth keep on leaving their villages risking their lives to reach Europe.
One day I went out to the market on my own and some men asked to see my documents. I didn’t have the right documents, so they took me to an immigration detention center, deported me and banned me from returning to Russia for 5 years.