E1. In 2006, Suroosh Alvi was one of a handful of journalists who was able to get into the massive guns market in Pakistan’s tribal areas — home base for the Taliban since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. He returned to Pakistan this month and found the entire country was a “powder keg ready to explode.”
E2. The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia
VICE travels to West Africa to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Despite the United Nation’s eventual intervention, most of Liberia’s young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. The former child soldiers who were forced into war have been left to fend for themselves, the murderous warlords who once led them in cannibalistic rampages have taken up as so-called community leaders, and new militias are lying in wait for the opportunity to reclaim their country from a government they rightly mistrust.
E3. Prostitutes of God
Some parents in India practice the Devadasi tradition, selling their daughters into a life of prostitution, often around the age of 10.
E4. Siberian Cult Leader Thinks He’s Jesus
Deep in Siberia’s Taiga forest is Vissarion, a cult leader who looks like Jesus and claims to be the voice of God. He’s known as “the Teacher” to his 4,000 followers, who initially seem surprisingly normal. Over time, however, their unflinching belief in UFOs and the Earth’s imminent demise made this group start to look more and more like some sort of strange cult.
E5. Takanakuy: Fistfighting in the Andes
Once a year around Christmas in the Peruvian Andes, the whole town gets together to dance, drink and beat the hell out of each other.
E6. Human Safari: Observing the Jarawa
Tourists on India’s Andaman Islands are taken by the busload to watch the Jarawa tribe go about their daily lives. The Jarawa are treated like animals in a safari park, with large signs urging visitors not to feed them or give them clothing. Earlier this year, a crew from VICE Germany went to the Andaman Islands and brought back footage for this fascinating, if a bit depressing, documentary.
E7. Miss Camel Beauty Contest
The desert may be one of the last places on Earth you’d expect to find a beauty pageant. But on Christmas Day, while you were busy testing the limits of your digestive system, VICE’s Charlet Duboc was traipsing through sand dunes in Abu Dhabi’s remote Western Region, all in the name of beauty.