Europe

Kosovo – Birth Of A Nation

In the spring of 1999 NATO waged an 11-week bombing campaign against the rump state of Yugoslavia, in an attempt to force Slobodan Milosevic’s Government to submit to demands to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, following an alleged campaign of ethnic cleansing that appeared too similar to events in nearby Balkan states, such as Bosnia,…

Jokkmokk

In 1606 Guy Fawkes was convicted and executed for his part in the English parliament gunpowder plot; Rembrandt, the renowned Dutch painter was born; the American southeast began its worst drought in 770 years and Great Britain adopted the Union Jack as its flag. In Sweden, King Charles IX was on the throne. The country…

Mausjaure Pt3 – The Final Push

Day 6 The house stirs at about 5am and, bleary eyed, I go to the kitchen, where breakfast is a couple of slices of bread and butter with cold reindeer meat and a glass of fruit juice, hurriedly consumed so I can vacate the breakfast table in order to make room for the steady flow…

Mausjaur – Pt 2

Day 1 It’s lunchtime on Monday at the Mausjaur’s shared house in Jörn and the herders have already been up for seven hours, feeding the herd where they are grouped together in the forest just outside of town. The kitchen is a hive of activity as Lotta Svensson prepares food for the hungry workers. People…

Mausjaur – Pt 1

The snow carpeted the floor of the mature pine forest, sparkling in the crisp, still, freezing morning air. A solitary raven croaked in the distance, it’s familiar sound carrying across an otherwise silent, arctic wilderness as I strained my ears, searching for the first faint noise of the approaching herd. The dogs’ barking, barely audible,…

Mausjaur – Reindeer Herding (Part 1)

The snow carpeted the floor of the mature pine forest, sparkling in the crisp, still,freezing morning air. A solitary raven croaked in the distance, it’s familiar sound carrying across an otherwise silent, arctic wilderness as I strained my ears, searching for the first faint noise of the approaching herd.