The Drug War

Blocks away from the home I grew up in, dead bodies have turned up in communities—men with heads wrapped in packaging tape, bodies covered in blood, discovered inside shanty homes and on sidewalks, children gunned down with their parents inside their bed rooms. Across the Philippines, thousands more will die in this way. Rodrigo Duterte's bloody 'War on Drugs' has so far claimed more than 7,000 lives in the months since he took office - and he promises that thousands more will suffer the same fate, in his desire to 'preserve the generation.’ They were brothers, sons, fathers.

'Are they human?'
Duterte asks.

The Invisible City

“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”

― Italo Calvino

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