Day in the Life || Sari Bari

Sari Bari is a place of vibrancy, of color, of life, of freedom. It is a place that one cannot easily forget, a place where hope is fought for tenaciously, where stories are sacred[...]

 

Hope Against Hope

The rugged ugly truth about my faith is that mostly I cling by a thread. My belief in a good God is strung along by almost 100 women who embody HOPE at Sari Bari ... They reveal Em[...]

 

Subverting the Powers

If I’m honest, nonviolence is easier for me to talk and theorize about than choose in real life. My imagination still entertains ideas of the revenge I would divvy out to those who[...]

 

On [Taking] Photos

I have a confession: though I am a photographer and an avid traveler, I make a terrible travel photographer. I daily take myriad mental snapshots, savoring the light and texture an[...]

 

We Hold On To These Moments

We hold on to these moments, When her weathered hand adorned with silver rings scoops chicken from her bowl to ours, When she walks up the stairs in her Christmas sari, laughing [...]

 

Embraced Endings

I did not expect this. I did not expect to be so overwhelmed by love. I did not expect to find a community that we fit so well. I did not expect so much of what now fills my heart.

 

From Brutality to Hospitality

She takes my hand as we turn down the main lane, the multicolored flags crisscrossing overhead make it feel festive and bright rather than the sinister aisle in which people are so[...]

 

Joy in the Dark Places

There have been seasons when I lost joy. I lost sight of it in the dark winding staircases of brothels; in the doubt, loss, injustice, heartache and disillusionment. Where is joy w[...]

 

The Keys of Death and Hades

Some nights we lie awake and consider the women and girls who lie awake in their beds just down the street, with strangers next to them demanding the service for which they’ve paid[...]