Issue I/2022 - Under the Earth

Under the Earth (Issue I/2022)


What is going on under the earth

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our editor-in-chief takes a look at the current issue.


Cultural spots

The Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai, Lithuania

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Crosses of devotion stand as a symbol of Lithuanian resistance – but are far from a cemetery.


What's different elsewhere

Wearing cute armour

by Franklin T. Simo

About a special animal in Cameroon


Carefree into the new year

by Jessica Pardo

A Colombian New Year's custom gets the year off to a fresh start


What do people talk about in Yerevan?

by Nune Hakhverdyan

Why borders are the talk of the town in Armenia.


Oh, Scheherazade!

by Rafik Schami

How I discovered the magic of storytelling


How I became me

Archivist in the Gulf

by Frauke Heard-Bey

Historian Frauke Heard-Bey moved from Berlin to Abu Dhabi in 1967 for love. More than fifty years later, she calls the Emirates her home - and has helped build up an entire national archive.


A House in ...

A house in Guinea-Bissau

by Kristin Bethge

Doors wide open in the Cuntum Madina neighbourhood


Topic: Under the ground

The quake

by Tope Folarin

The ground suddenly starts to shake - that only happens elsewhere, you think. Until it happens to you. Reflections on an extraordinary day.


The dark zone

by Will Hunt

We know only a fraction of what lies beneath our feet. Yet we are more closely connected to the depths than we realise.


“Ancient forces are at work”

in conversation with Antony Gormley

The British sculptor Antony Gormley has been exploring caves since childhood. A conversation about fantasy, fears and the traces of our ancestors that he has encountered underground.


In the stomach of the city

by Shumona Sinha

A man from the countryside starts a new life in the tunnels beneath an Indian metropolis. A story.


“I asked, Where do you live?”

in conversation with Sim Chi Yin

In Beijing, some people on low incomes dwell in basements beneath the city. Photographer Sim Chi Yin depicted them in her photo series “The Rat Tribe”. A conversation.



Escape through the drain

by Heriberto Paredes Coronel

The notorious Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” escaped through a tunnel from the high-security prison El Altiplano in 2015. How in the world was that possible?


“Anxiety is always there”

by Luthando Mampintsha

Four kilometres below the earth's surface lies the deepest mine in the world. A worker tells of his day-to-day life in South Africa’s Mponeng gold mine.


Welcome to Cretaceous Park

by Li Dawei

There have been more dinosaur bones excavated in Zhucheng, China, than at almost any other location in the world. But it all started with a search for something completely different.


The train to hell

by Stefan Höhne

From a symbol of prosperity to a lawless space: New York's underground has changed with the city. A journey through its history.


“Frozen, for good”

in conversation with Åsmund Asdal

Plant seeds from all over the world are stored in Norwegian permafrost. Biologist Åsmund Asdal explains how important these seeds are for our future. A conversation.


The earth needs to rest

by Daniela Zambrano Almidón

In Quechua culture, life above ground is closely linked to the subterranean. From birth to after death, the Pachamama plays a vital role.


“We are financing our own extinction”

In conversation with Rana Adib

Politicians keep repeating the same old mantra about how oil and gas are obselete and renewable energies are the future. But when will there finally be some action? Rana Adib, director of  REN21, an initiative promoting renewable energies, sees hope in what cities and communities are achieving at the local level.


World report

Just beyond Lesbos

by Wolfgang Stréter

On the Greek island of Samos, refugees are being crammed into a remote, high-security camp akin to a prison. Local volunteers are appalled.


In practice

High on Treasure Hill

by Carina Rother

Twenty years ago, the historic Taipei neighbourhood of Treasure Hill was going to be demolished. Today, it is an enclave for both international and Taiwanese artists.



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I’m in favour of rethinking veganism

by Barbara Miranda

People go vegan for different reasons: because of animals, their health or the environment. Six years ago, I saw a documentary film about the direct connection ...



The hands of women

by Christina von Braun

Were gender relations hierarchical among prehistoric humans? Marylene Patou-Mathis has evidence to disprove this theory.


Burning the books

by Shamil Jeppie

Libraries, archives and manuscripts: ever since they have existed, they have also been at risk. Librarian Richard Ovenden has written a history of their destruction


Pictures of Home

by Richard Kämmerlings

German author Bodo Kirchhoff's new novel deals with the contradictions of the colonialist gaze.


In the floodwaters

by Thomas Hummitzsch

In her debut novel, author Kayo Mpoyi digs deep into her own family history.