Global Images Contest 2007-2008

Cotton: Too High a Price to Pay?

Honorable Mention

Visiting one of the most ancient cities in Egypt-Luxor- I remember finding myself in a richly agricultural, green area of southern Egypt.
It’s the land of the falaheen-the farmers. Cotton is cultivated but it is all government controlled, poorly paid and the labor routine requires long hours under unbearable heat. This street vendor selling shawls and other cloths for very low prices was a shocking reminder of the discrepancies in the economy of countries like Egypt and the wealthier importing countries globally. Paradoxically, he is wearing a fully synthetic outfit because "all the good stuff doesn’t stay in the country."

Naira Nadjimova '08