Moas

My head canon is that asura don’t really eat much in the way of grains, the whole bread/pasta/wheat thing is really new to them.  They didn’t actually eat a lot of pork or red meat until really recently, either?  Like, they started when they came up to the surface because it was there and it was meat.  I could see them actually eating a lot of insects and fish, to be honest, and they are probably mostly carnivorous.

Charr are definitely carnivorous, but it’s mostly red meat?  Dolyak, cows, and drakes.  Maybe moas if there isn’t a lot of room to raise larger grazing beasts (or water to raise drakes).  I don’t actually imagine them eating a whole lot of pork, except maybe the occasional wild boar.  Like, it will be eaten because it is meat and it is there, but it is not something most of them favor.  Pork is really a human thing in my head, especially domesticated pigs (which you see on human farms, but not so much on charr farms).

Norn probably eat similarly to charr, but they eat a good deal more vegetables.  Probably starchy root vegetables, but not really a whole lot of grains.  They might import in some wheat from Kryta but honestly don’t think it’s hugely popular.  Their meat is usually hunted, dolyak are eaten sometimes but usually they are kept more as pack animals than food animals.  I think they would eat wurm as well (I know wurm eggs are eaten), but larger game animals are probably preferred.

Humans are humans.  They eat the bulk of the grains, pork, chicken, and probably moa.  They don’t have a lot of land and what land they do have is usually farmed out for vegetables and grains, so what red meat they do get is probably reserved for people with the money to either raise it themselves or import it.  I am willing to bet that in Divinity’s Reach the upperclass citizens probably eat a lot of red meat, but the lower down on the social ladder you go the less you see it.  Fish is probably also a popular choice, seeing as DR is coastal and fish are probably cheap and plentiful.

Sylvari, I think, probably eat anything.  Like literally.  They probably adapt to whatever terrain and culture they are closest to and go from there.  The ones that live in The Grove probably have a mostly vegetarian diet, maybe supplemented with insects and fish.  Those that go out and travel probably try a little bit of everything because sylvari are naturally curious, and what better way to explore the world than by trying the different things it has to offer?

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African migrants risk all in the Mediterranean Sea

Over the past 20 years, it is estimated that somewhere in the region of 25,000 migrants and refugees have lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach the shores of Europe.

In 2014, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 200,000 people, including 15,000 unaccompanied children, made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. The majority arrived from ports in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. This was a dramatic increase from the 60,000 that were estimated to have arrived in Italy in 2013.

In November 2013, one month after a tragedy in which 366 migrants died when just one boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian authorities set up the lifesaving Mare Nostrum operation. It lasted exactly one year before being disbanded because of EU and Italian government pressure. Now a combination of Italian coast guard and EU Frontex boats patrol the waters and continue to pluck migrants from the sea.

Many of these migrants are shipped from the northern Libyan ports of Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata and ferried over by highly organized smuggling operations whose communication tentacles spread deep into the African continent and beyond into Syria, Gaza and other parts of the Middle East.

In these winter months the number of voyages lessens, as many migrants refuse to pay for the journey during the rough weather despite ever-growing unrest in Libya. In September 2014, Getty Images Reportage photographer Giles Clarke spent a month in the region traveling from Lampedusa to Malta, Sicily, and through mainland Italy up to Vienna, 1,000 miles to the north. Over the month, he met some people who have escaped war-torn countries and talked to a few of those closely involved with providing aid and much-needed humanitarian help.

According to Giovanna Di Benedetto, the media officer for ‘Save the Children’ in Sicily, more than 140,000 people were rescued and brought to the shores of Sicily and southern Italy in 2014. About 22,700 were minors, and half of those traveled alone. Many escaped from Eritrea and Somalia and spent months crossing the Sahara in very dangerous conditions.

During what was the deadliest year on Mediterranean migration records, around 4,800 people died or went missing at sea in 2014.

Many of the 12,000 or so per month who arrived in Sicily were processed in the ports of Syracuse and Augusta. The migrants arrive with nothing but the clothes they are wearing — the smuggling gangs don’t permit them to bring more. Each passenger pays upwards of $700 for a place on the overloaded boats. Paperwork or IDs are rarely found on the incoming migrants.

Current estimates by UNHCR have put the number of migrants waiting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya as high as 800,000. How many of these are minors is impossible to tell. Now that the Mare Nostrum operation has ended and rescue funds are diminishing, it will be even more difficult for those seeking to escape the horrors of wars and violence.

Some people, however, will continue to help the seemingly endless flow of migrants who leave the shores of Libya daily, such as the American-Italian couple Chris and Regina Catrambone and their Malta-based rescue operation, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station. This couple self-funded the purchase of a 40-meter former coaster and employed a crew of 18 during the summer of 2014. They rescued more than 3,000 people found drifting in cramped boats in the waters off Malta and Libya.

“We do not see the migration and trafficking ending anytime soon. It is a multibillion-dollar business that is only getting bigger, and we cannot sit by and watch thousands drown every year,” said Chris Catrambone.

Now, as the spring of 2015 approaches and the North African smuggling operations ramp up again, the already overstretched coast guard and rescue services await an impending influx that may well exceed the numbers that arrived in 2014.

(Text and Photography by Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage)

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