Friday, May 29, 2015
Effects of oil exploration in a world where it is increasingly the catalyst of conflict, exploitation and global pollution. Tribes in Africa are being flushed out of their natural environments and communities in Siberia are being uprooted and moved en masse.
Global Oil exploration is the twentieth century fuel of the economic boom, all developed countries and many developing countries have been involved with since the first world war. But, increasingly we are looking at the costs of this expansionism and exploitation of the world’s natural resources.
Decreasing deposits in the developed world are causing further exploration into less developed countries, which have been too remote or too dangerous to access. This pushing of boundaries is leading to some of the worlds oldest communities being decimated and pushed toward virtual extinction.
There is a huge new boom in oil exploration throughout central Africa. Following the end of the cold war rivalries in the region and the development of new technologies in the last decade, oil companies are falling over themselves to offer lucrative contracts to governments in Cameroon, Chad, the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola.
The World Bank plans to fund an oil pipeline through Central African rainforests that will bring profits to Shell, Exxon, and Gulf while causing environmental havoc and threatening local populations - all with US taxpayers backing the deal. The oil companies are about to build a 600-mile pipeline from the Doba oil fields in Chad to coastal Cameroon, slashing through fragile rainforest that is home to the Baka and Bakola peoples, communities of traditional hunter-gatherers.
Oil industry experts say the pipeline could deliver between 150,000 and 250,000 barrels per day from the Kom, Miandoum, Bolobo and Sdigui fields. “Once construction begins, we’ll see an uncontrollable influx of people in search of work even though it will be poorly paid - the result will be deforestation, wild-life poaching and the loss of community land,” says Environmental Defense Fund economist Konna Horta.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Filipino Migrant Worker Spends 10 Years Photographing Hong Kong On Her Days Off And Wins Prestigious Scholarship
27 year old domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani, a migrant worker from the Philippines, became famous for her street photographs of Hong Kong, where she travels to work. Her dark and gritty photos even earned her the Magnum Foundation’s Human Rights Fellowship for 2015, which will allow her to take an intensive six week (fixed -ed.) photography study in New York and use her knowledge to improve human rights in her own country.
Xyza‘s photographs already deal with important topics in the Philippines. Her work documenting the lives of women in abused domestic worker shelters helped catch the eye of the Magnum Foundation, and for a good reason. The Philippines are a big country with poor people who are forced to look for work elsewhere, and many of them become migrant workers that travel to Hong Kong.
Xyza’s photos prove that work does not always provide people with the salvation they expect.