The wedding that broke centuries of tradition

Warren Fyfe

In 1959, breaking more than 2,600 years of tradition, Japan’s Crown Prince Akihito married a non-royal bride. The wedding was broadcast live on television and marked a turning point in Japanese society. Millions watched at home while hundreds of thousands lined the streets of Tokyo on the wedding day. Shiegeo Suzuki a former Director of [...]

Inside the bridal store for refugees

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Helen Nianias Even in refugee camps life must go on, and when a man and a woman decide to marry the rare chance for a big celebration may be seized with both hands. In one camp in northern Iraq, beautician Rozhin Ahmed-Hussein – herself a Syrian Kurdish refugee – finds that she is [...]

How the demand for sand is killing rivers

Warren Fyfe

You cannot have concrete without sand. River beds are being dug up across Africa to fuel a building boom, with little thought for what this means for the health of the river, and those who depend on it, as Harriet Constable found in Kenya. Sand. The word conjures happy holiday memories: building castles from it; [...]