After the Arab spring, the Sinaï desert saw as series of destabilizing events : assault on
police forces, destruction of gas pipelines supplying Israel. These events reminded the world of the
strategic importance of the Sinaï desert in the middle east because of its connection to Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Bedouins, literally "those from the desert", are the original inhabitants of this region. The first tribes settled there centuries ago and have been herding camels, cattles and goats. They are one of the rare desert dwellers of the planet and illustrate the qualities of endurance and tenacity of humans to adapt and survive in extreme conditions. The Bedus have seen empires coming and going through history with little effect on their nomadic way of life. Until recently.
A magnificent place frozen in time and history. The revolution created a world with its own coherences and illogicalities. In adversity and poverty habanos respond with a sense of pride and joy. Their lives are tough but there is always a way around the system to make it better until this day when the doors will open again.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." Buddha.
Although India is modernising fast and sending satellites into the space, a whole part of the country's identity is still rooted in religions, and particularly Hinduism, regarded as the oldest in the world. India is home to 1 billion Hindus co-living with minorities of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. Hinduism itself is divided into hundred of movements and gods.
Going into the spiritual India is a voyage in a world where every aspect of life is defined by religion and the day is punctuated by sacred rituals and acts of devotion. It is visible everywhere and can make you realise how little religious you can be or how much you underestimated the notion of devotion.
The day starts with the first rays of sunlight in Laniera during the harvest season. Laniera is the large swamp west of Antananarivo, Madagascar, gridded with damps which enabled a rural society to flourish from growing vegetables, padi fields, raising cattle and poultry and fishing.
Every year the Aposles of the Fifohazana (the Awakening) are gathering in the highlands of Madagascar.