this thing i saw once


Shannon Jensen: Long Walk

How do you represent a journey in an image?

30,000 men, women and children from Sudan’s Blue Nile State sought an end to nine months of terror and trauma when they crossed the border into their neighboring South Sudan this past June. They joined a population of 70,000 refugees who preceded them in fleeing Khartourn’s deadly military campaign to crush the northern remnant of the Southern liberation movement.

Many of the new arrivals had neer left the vicinity of their villages before shelling, bombardment and gun toting soldiers drove them away starting last September. They fled from the bush to the mountains and back again for months, often stuck behind enemy lines, before they were finally able to reach the border, a journey made more perilous by the dearth of water and food as well as the risk of ambush and attack. 

The incredible array of worn down, ill-fitting, and jerry rigged shoes form a silent testimony to the arduous nature of their journey, as well as the persistence and ingenuity of the individuals who survived it. 

(via poetic-injustices)

10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones


1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

(via misandry-mermaid)

Poetry Night Parties Forever


Many people in the world did not read and listen to poems on Sunday 20 April at 8pm (NZST). But a significant number of people did. And those were Poetry Night people. For that small, bright, two-hour window, they partied forever, in the comfort of their own homes.