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Journey & truth

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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Luck and persistence

Day: 268Distance covered: 34,227 km (21,268 miles)Subjects found: 75Saturday's meeting was brief, and bittersweet for M. It was her first contact in three years with a world she thought had forgotten her, a world she still remembers but can no longer reach. Only later...

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Meet M

Day: 264Distance covered: 34,173 km (24,234 miles)Subjects found: 75! In 2010, I was living in a misty mountain town in far northern Vietnam. Many young Hmong girls would come to town from the surrounding villages to sell handicrafts and guided treks to tourists. A...

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Courage

Day: 262Distance covered: 34,119 km (21,201 miles)Subjects found: 74 At last, Moreno and I have the name of M's village. Today we went on a reconnaissance mission to the town nearest the village, with an outside hope of arranging a meeting. The town centres around a...

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How high the mountain is

Day: 261Distance covered: 34,073 km (21,172 miles)Subjects found: 74  I've spoken to M five times in the past two days. It has been extremely difficult to determine her precise location, as M herself seems to have little understanding of where she is. There are no...

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