A Gunrun Project

The Waters Beneath

February 10, 2015
Foreign Policy

In May 2009, a truck rolled through the Sheikh Yasin camp in Mardan, Pakistan’s “city of hospitality,” where thousands of people had fled following one of the country’s military offensives against the Taliban.

If water was a scarce commodity to this refugee community, ice was a luxury. And it was worth fighting for: A single block could refrigerate whatever perishables the displaced had secured for their families.

Azdarya Exhibition at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeria Guerrilha

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Balazs Gardi, July 10, 2013

A whole decade has passed since I first met Simon Fisher, a veteran BBC journalist, in Wales. He was my mentor for the couple of months I spent as a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Cardiff University studying the ‘science’ of new media. Little did I know that life would bring us together all these years later in the city he loves and chose to be his home.

As the founder and curator of Rio de Janeiro’s latest and coolest photo gallery Simon invited me to exhibit my favorite images I’ve taken about water.

Tijuca National Park

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
January 6, 2013

Tijuca is a hand-planted rainforest and the largest urban rainforest in the world. In an effort to protect Rio’s water resources Tijuca was replanted by Major Archer and a handful of slaves in the second half of the 19th century after the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms.