Quando jovem eu pedia às pessoas mais do que elas me podiam dar:
- uma amizade contínua,
- uma emoção permanente.
Hoje sei pedir-lhes menos do que podem dar:
- uma companhia sem palavras.
- E as suas emoções,
- a sua amizade,
Os seus gestos nobres mantêm a meus olhos o seu autêntico valor de milagre:
Um absoluto resultado da graça.
Albert Camus (1913-1960)
A Muslim boy carries a carpet as he gathers some belongings with his family waiting to be evacuated, near the mosque of the PK 12 district of Bangui on April 22, 2014. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to “save their lives”, according to officials.
April 23rd 1616: William Shakespeare dies
On this day in 1616, the famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare passed away on his 52nd birthday. Shakespeare, from Stratford-upon-Avon, became famous for his plays including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear; he wrote around 38 plays and 154 sonnets. He was married to a woman named Anne Hathaway and had three children. In his will he left most of his estate to his eldest daughter Susanna and to his wife left “my second best bed”. He was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church. Today, on the 450th anniversary of his birth, Shakespeare is still considered one of the greatest writers of the English language in history.
"Good friend, for Jesus’ sake, forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here;
Blessed be the man that spares these stones
And cursed he that moves my bones.”
- Shakespeare’s epitaph
The photographer Moises Saman, who has covered the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war for the magazine, traveled to Iraq in March to take photographs to accompany Dexter Filkins’s piece in this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1mvYwbl
Above: Children in a field in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, a predominantly Shiite slum. All photographs from March, 2014.