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Journey & truth

At a loss

Many people have come together to create The Human, Earth Project and this week, tragically, the world has lost one of them.You've all heard Mike Taylor's music. Mike was one of the very first people involved in the Project, whose early enthusiasm helped give me the...

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Slow and steady

It's been fifty weeks since my return to Asia, and I've now spent more than fifty months here in total. What began as a six-month journey has become something much bigger than I'd ever imagined, and I'm only just beginning to understand with what a monumental task...

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Acceptance

Yesterday I experienced my first earthquake. I'd been walking in the mountains with a friend, and as we turned for home a sudden shock went through us both. We were on a narrow path on the face of a mountain, and it felt as though a giant fist had slammed into the...

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On tenterhooks

As many of you know, the Sisters For Sale documentary isn't the only thing I'm working on at the moment. For the past three months, I've also been working towards something I consider more important. Though I'd prefer not to be so cryptic, if you understand what it is...

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Civilisation

It can be difficult, at times, not to lose faith in humanity. Late last year, an Australian friend came to join Moreno and I in our search. He was looking forward to being a part of The Human, Earth Project, he said, because he'd lost his faith in humanity, and hoped...

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A long way from home

This week, I was hoping to have some wonderful news for you. Instead, everything I've been working towards has fallen through, and I've cancelled my return to China. I can't tell you how incredibly frustrating it feels to have worked towards this for so...

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The waiting game

My return to China has been delayed, and I've spent the past ten days in stasis in northern India. Most of that time has been spent with a nasty bout of stomach illness - the notorious Delhi belly - though I'm gradually recovering and catching up on a few...

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Homeward bound

At the very beginning of our journey together - almost ten months and over 40,000 kilometres ago - Moreno and I each tried to guess how many of the 100 portrait subjects we'd find. I said 90; Moreno said 80. He joked that we'd never reach 90, because he'd simply stop...

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Meet Dawood

Day: 293 Distance covered: 40,552 kilometres (25,198 miles) Subjects found: 80 I've been in the habit of making predictions about each of the people Moreno and I search for - which ones will be easy, and which ones more challenging. When it came to Daoud, the...

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Meet Amma

Day: 282Distance covered: 36,968 km (22,971 miles)Subjects found: 79The road snaked up from the valley floor to the village I once called home, sprawling atop a broad green ridge in central Nepal.  It had been three years since my return, and the dusk light couldn't...

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Meet Saroj

Day: 279 Distance covered: 36,796 km (22,864 miles)Subjects found: 78In 2011, I spent five months living in a small village in the hills of central Nepal, and came to know many of the locals there. One of them was a fourteen-year-old boy named Saroj. The second of...

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Meet Moreno and Patrice

After almost three months of late-night Skype conversations and messages sent back and forth across the globe discussing logistics, it's wonderful to be able to announce that The Human, Earth Project is no longer a 'me', but an 'us'.My background is primarily in...

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Hard luck

Day: 276Distance covered: 37,399 km (23,239 miles)Subjects found: 77After having succeeded spectacularly in our search over the past nine months, Moreno and I now find ourselves defeated by the caterpillar fungus. The "world's most expensive fungus" attacks and...

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Meet Ayong and Zen Ga

Day: 273Distance covered: 36,796 km (22,864 miles)Subjects found: 77Yesterday, we were told she'd passed away. We found her today, very much alive. It was a bitterly cold morning, with ice still on the ground from last night's hailstorm, as Moreno and I went hunting...

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A happy ending

Day: 271Distance covered: 36,706 km (22,808 miles)Subjects found: 75M is now alone more than ever. Her "husband" won't let her leave the house, she says, while he himself returns only out of necessity. M suspects he is seeing someone else - he no longer comes home for...

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On the run

Day: 270Distance covered: 36,421 km (22,631 miles)Subjects found: 75We've had some wonderful news today. I mentioned last week that two of M's traffickers - a Chinese Hmong couple - were still involved in her life. Claiming to have spent a year in their home before...

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