I’d like you to meet Chai Yo. The 19 year-old grew up surrounded by drugs, gangs and poverty in Klong Toey, Bangkok’s largest slum. It’s home to about 100,000 people, all crammed together in a pile of ramshackle constructions near the city’s main port. “I didn’t really have any opportunities,” he tells me. “I wasn’t ...
Pyongyang, North Korea In the past year I’ve been to almost two dozen countries across five different continents. I’ve met some incredible characters, seen some of the world’s most spectacular landmarks, and eaten the strangest food. But whenever I start talking to people who have been following my journey, all they want to know about ...
An open letter to Che Guevara Dear Che, I thought you might like to know that I visited your old house today. The one you grew up in near Cordoba in Argentina. They’ve turned it into a museum, you know. Old photos of your family, your childhood, the adolescence you spent growing and nurturing that ...
Paraguay’s indigenous tribes Dozens of members of the community – mostly children – stand around listening. In the middle of the circle, the Paraguayan village leader is speaking. Slowly, through a translator, he makes his message clear. “We need more land,” he says. Looking around, as I do at that moment, there seems to be ...
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro favela tour In the alleys and walkways of the Vila Canoas favela in Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to lose your sense of direction, height and time. There are no roads in this community and at times residents navigate their way through passageways that suddenly descend into the plumbing under a ...
Rio favelas in Brazil With the morning still dark and most residents still sleeping, the troops moved in. Special forces police, navy commandos, armoured military vehicles and helicopters all swooped in a carefully-planned operation. They had been surrounding Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela for four days and this was the climax of their operation. They ...
Crime in New Orleans Just a block or two from where I was out drinking one night, two people were shot dead and several more injured in altercations that escalated quickly. The next day the local newspaper had a big article about the murders, filled with the usual fist-shaking condemnations of police and politicians. Next ...