KARACHI, Pakistan — Tahira Yasmeen wraps a shawl around her face as the driver inches our car through mud and over rocks, maneuvering the bouncing white Corolla down a lane in Machar Colony, one of the most dangerous areas in Gadap Town’s Union Council 4 (UC-4). The impoverished accretion of settlements on the edge of Karachi is home to some 300,000 people, mostly Afghan refugees and, since 2008, tribal Pashtuns fleeing war in South Waziristan and other tribal areas. It is here, say United Nations health officials, that the global fight against the resurgent polio virus will be decided. So far, that fight is being lost.
Men peer into the car as they walk to attend Friday prayers in a ramshackle cinder block mosque that sits on the ridge of a small hill. Below, sludge floats along a stream that routinely floods the area with raw sewage. Young children, ubiquitous, some blond and light-eyed, play barefoot outside small homes, many no more than wood planks topped with thatched palm fronds. Over the past three years, the Pakistani Taliban have extended their control in a part of this megacity — long neglected by local and provincial governments — through intimidation and efficient, often brutal, justice.
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when your mom comes home and you and your siblings didnt do anything she told you to do then she starts beating ass.
joshfoldstowels and I are watching The Avengers and finishing packing before we head out to my hometown for a couple of days. We were going to go somewhere else, but I need to order graduation invitations and pick up some letters of recommendation from professors there so we figured we’d spend half of it in Laredo, then come back up here for a concert in San Antonio c:
Whatever you decide to do, be safe and have a great spring break c:
do you ever just all of a sudden feel really alone
i want to be rebellious but i dont want to get in trouble
I keep drawing hands because I miss holding yours
Sphenodiscus lenticularis, Fox Hills Formation, South Dakota
Late Cretaceous (~ 70 mya) This specimen displays the extraordinarily intricate suture patterns that are characteristic of this species. Also evident is part of the beautifully iridescent nacreous layer. A laterally flattened ammonite, this animal is thought to have been a relatively fast swimmer.
The Moon is the most easily observable astronomical object, and also one of the most rewarding. If you haven’t looked it through binoculars or a telescope then do it as soon as you can! While you zoom on to the Moon, it suddenly becomes more lively - it’s just not a dot in the sky, but a spectacular celestial body with its own rare surface and essence.
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