Medecins Sans Frontieres photoblog is a poke in the eye to remind us of the urgent humanitarian needs beyond the front pages of our daily news-web-papers.

WILLIAM DANIELS

Today William Daniels‘ photograph reminded us of ongoing medical efforts against Extremely-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the Kyrgyzstan and the former Soviet Union, particularly in prison colonies.

Prisoners of the colonies in the former USSR received treatment under the Soviet regime, but when the Russian empire collapsed, drug treatment was abandoned and even more severe strains of TB developed.*

I highly recommend Daniel’s Faded Tulips project.

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Which reminds me …

CAROLYN DRAKE

It seems to me that generally the central Asia territories are simply unknown to many in the West. Carolyn Drake supports this notion with her commentary about environmental and river politics in the five provinces established after the fall of the U.S.S.R. (Orion Magazine)

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* I have talked about James Nachtwey‘s work in Siberian prison colonies previously on Prison Photography.