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Tina Xu

Designer

A designer, videographer, photographer, and writer, Tina is a multimedia human on a mission to illuminate the dizzyingly complex two-way street between people and politics. After studying political science at Wellesley College, she has worked in American broadcast TV, a Southeast Asian sustainable development NGO, and a Chinese magazine. She has freelanced for media in seven countries. She believes that stories must transcend traditional mediums to bridge hearts and cultures effectively and that some more empathy and understanding may save us all.

Sri Lanka records the highest number of elephant deaths in the world. It became an alarming conservation concern in the island that involved 121 people and 407 elephants killed in 2019 and 318 elephants and 112 people killed in 2020 despite COVID-19 lockdown. Meet the Sri Lankans who are helping to reduce hostilities with jumbos using GPS collars, electric fences, handmade gadgets and alternative cropping.

A visual journey through the iconic cases of biopiracy in Sri lanka. The article also explores four successful cases fighting biopiracy in India, Peru, Ethiopia and Brazil.

May 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka between the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government. Outriders have gone through the 26 years conflict in the paradisiacal island where the suicide belt was invented.