New Student Photo Series 2010 – Entry #2

Submissions continue to roll in for our new student photo series.  If you are an incoming student we encourage you to review this entry for details on how to submit your own photos to display on the blog.

The first photos today come from Rahima Bensaid, an incoming MIA student.


The first picture was taken in Chinatown, NYC.  These guys were playing bicycle polo, a fast-paced sport that’s also really fun to watch.


The second picture was taken in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.  Salvador is the home of Capoeira, and in this picture the older man is teaching the younger one how to play the pandeiro while the couple on the balcony above them watched.  It was a very quiet, cloudy day, and the few of us who were outside were lost in the beautiful sound of the pandeiro.



The second set of photos was taken by Megan Colnar, an incoming MPA-DP student.


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – The salt flats in Bolivia are one of the highest, driest places on earth. Though I went during the rainy season, a few hours later the land was already straining under the hot sun again.


Ntarama, Rwanda – In previous Hutu-lead killings throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Tutsis found refuge in churches across Rwanda. In 1994, Tutsis fled to  churches in hopes of finding safety. Instead of deterring the armed  Hutus, the churches acted as the largest centers for massacres in the  country. The remains of over 5,000 men, women and children can be found in the Ntarama Memorial.


Rajasthan, India – After this, I never complained about my seat assignment on an Indian train again.