A Return to Berlin

    May 10, 2013  As I buckled in for the flight from Newark to Berlin, I found myself wondering what the coming week will bring. Berlin is a city I know well – having lived there before, during, and after the Wendi. Even after I left Berlin to move to New York City in 2002, … Read More

Arriving in Istanbul

Arriving at Istanbul Airport is an assault on the senses. Throngs of people push and pull in different directions loaded down with bags and shouting at each other. Istanbul is where the Occident and the Orient meet. It is also the end of the great Silk Road. For centuries, people have been coming to Istanbul … Read More

Project Koraput: Conversation with Debendra Singh

by Jen Saffron March 20, 2012 Debendra Singh is an Indian Christian minister in Jeypore, Orissa State, India. He works as a grassroots leader, empowering the poor in one of the poorest states in India and pastoring three congregations, including a faith community comprised entirely of refugees – the Koraput Survivors – who survived sectarian … Read More

Project Koraput: I am this, I am that. I am not this, I am not that.

by Jen Saffron March 19, 2012 “It is impossible to think of a democracy which recognizes ‘untouchability’ as a part of one’s individual Dharma or as a permissible form of religion or social prejudice.” – wall text from the Freedom Struggles Museum at the Red Fort, Delhi Church in Nandaguda, a village of mud houses … Read More

Project Koraput: Going South

by Jen Saffron Arriving in Delhi’s airport last night, we encountered a string of uniformed porters, drivers, and relatives, hanging over a rail like parade spectators, some holding paper signs with an expected guest’s name.  Our driver, Sanjay, held a sign that read, “Mr. Lynn Johnson” and after his look of surprise when Lynn introduced … Read More

Project Koraput, India: The Call

by Jen Saffron  In 2011, photographer Lynn Johnson embarked on a trip to India, documenting for National Geographic’s March 2012 cover story.  Her journey enabled her to follow the Christian Apostles, including St. Thomas in India, where she documented refugees – survivors of religious violence now settled in the community of Koraput in India’s Orissa State. … Read More