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A letter in the time of COVID-19
  • ISHKAR
  • 06.03.20

This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumours. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.

Paradise Lost & Found: Babur Gardens
  • Lucy Fisher
  • 03.05.19

A guest blog by Lucy Fisher I would like to hazard a guess that the first image which comes to mind when asked to think of Afghanistan is probably not a garden in full bloom, carefully tended t...

A Conversation With Ibi Ibrahim
  • Interview
  • 02.02.19

A guest blog by Louis Prosser After almost four years of incalculable destruction and suffering in Yemen, you might think that the last sparks of beauty and creativity had been crushed. You wou...

The ultimate sacrifice
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.01.19

Fig 1. Babur gardens [source unknown] Fig 2. One of the hospital's where Dr Jerry used to work[source unknown] Whenever we tell people we used to live in Afgha...

Timbuktu: A wild story of Myth, Renaissance, Rescue & Ruin
  • ISHKAR
  • 16.10.18

‘I don’t care if you’re in Timbuktu,’ we might say. ‘You’ll be here tomorrow or else!’ Or perhaps, ‘He’s flirted with every girl from here to Timbuktu!’ It means something like God Knows Where, ...

War Rugs
  • Louis Prosser
  • 08.10.18

'Bebinin, bebinin,' insisted Parsa. I was in the royal city of Esfahan, which the Persians call 'nesf-e jahan' ('half of the world'). In a cramped bazar beneath soaring domes and arches, I was i...

The Pin Project Viewed from the Ground: A Guest Blog
  • Sofya Saheb
  • 10.07.18

The Pin Project is an initiative ISHKAR launched on Kickstarter last year. We raised over £63,000 to provide jewellery training and work for displaced people living in Burkina Faso, Turkey, Jord...

Soqotra: The Evolution of an Alien Island
  • ISHKAR
  • 28.05.18

Give a child a packet of crayons and tell them to draw a fantasy island, and they might well conjure up the Yemeni island of Soqotra.

LET'S WORK IT OUT!
  • ISHKAR
  • 12.12.17

As humans, we crave order. For many, productive work provides this structure. The world around us might be chaotic. But with work we can, at least at times, control what we do in a way we are ra...

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