Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue | Kenya

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“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.” Roger Ebert

Today: Kazakhstan | Kenya | Kiribati | Kosovo | Kuwait | Kyrgyzstan

Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue | Kenya

KAZAKHSTAN

Photo © Dmitry Lovetsky / AP| Baikonur Cosmodrome | The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Photo © Dmitry Lovetsky / AP| Baikonur Cosmodrome | The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Did you know?

The world’s first and largest operational space launch facility is in Kazakhstan. The Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh desert, built in the 1950s for the Soviet Union, is where Sputnik 1 took off. The facility is currently leased by Russia and remains at the center of its space program.

 

KENYA

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Kenya

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Kenya

Did you know?

The first African woman to win a Nobel Prize was from Kenya. The female environmentalist, Professor Wangari Maathai, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her dedication to the environment, women’s rights and conservation. She was not only the first African woman to win the prize, but she was also the first environmentalist ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

KIRIBATI

Photo © David Gray/Reuters | Kiribati

Photo © David Gray/Reuters | Kiribati

Did you know?

Kiribati is facing an existential threat from climate change. At risk from rising seas, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati has been on the forefront of climate-change discussions for a number of years. Most of the islands and atolls are only 1-2 meters above sea level, with the highest point just 81m above sea level. There is a very real risk of the entire country disappearing beneath the waves within the next 50 years. People relocation to Fiji has been discussed in the past; the idea of the island being slowly sunken led to the first-ever person to claim refugee status as a result of climate change; building of artificial islands appears to be the latest feasible option. But resilient citizens are adapting, trying whatever it takes to save their home: A Song for Kiribati

 

KOSOVO

Photo © FloatingMyBoat.com | The Young People of Kosovo

Photo © FloatingMyBoat.com | The Young People of Kosovo

Did you know?

Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe. With more than 53% of the population under the age of 25, Kosovo is branded internationally as “The Young Europeans”.

 

KUWAIT

Photo © Third Army/U.S. Army Central PAO Photo by Spc. Eric Guzman | Kuwaiti youth celebrating Kuwait's independence and liberation

Photo © Third Army/U.S. Army Central PAO Photo by Spc. Eric Guzman | Kuwaiti youth celebrating Kuwait’s independence and liberation

Did you know?

Kuwait invested 775 Million USD in building the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAAC). The cultural center opened end of October 2016 includes a performing arts center, music center, concert halls, cinemas, conference center, historical documents center as well as libraries, parks, and fountains.

 

KYRGYZSTAN

Photo © Peretz Partensky | Kyrgyzstan - Hunting with an Eagle

Photo © Peretz Partensky | Kyrgyzstan – Hunting with an Eagle

Did you know?

Kyrgyzstan is the host of the World Nomad Games. Between September 3-8, 2016 Kyrgyzstan hosted the second World Nomad Games. The games are designed to celebrate the nomadic heritage of the Central Asian nations. Forty countries are participating, some of which have long nomadic histories. Sports include eagle hunting, bone throwing and mas-wrestling, a mesmerizing game involving two competitors attempting to wrest control of a small stick. The biggest draw and most fiercely contested of the sports is kok-boru, a violent Central Asian form of polo in which two teams battle for control of a decapitated goat carcass. “If Genghis Khan were alive, he’d want to be here!”

The World Nomad Games 2016 in Pictures.

 

Around the World on Fridays: A visual experience of people portraits and a curiosity glimpse into alphabetically selected countries for each post & regular updates in “A Country a Day” (*) on Madalina Dobraca People & Culture Boutique. For the love of humans everywhere!

(*) “A Country a Day” is a mini-project I started on the 4th of June 2016, aiming to alphabetically cover each country of the world through a daily photo-pictorial illustrating the unique and diverse personalities of the featured countries. Enjoy the variety and beauty of people and cultures every day!

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