Anthropology / Everything Human

The Birth of Indonesia’s Cyber Village


  • Bilal works at a night shop on Falconplein, a sprawling square in the north of Antwerp and a short walk from the city’s red-light district. He arrived in Belgium eight years ago from Afghanistan and now works long hours at his cousin’s shop, which is open 24/7. Bilal hopes to move to the U.K., study medicine, and become a doctor.

    The Nachtwinkels of Antwerp

    In Belgium, neighborhood convenience stores run by immigrants and ethnic minorities are facing prejudice and fines. But these shops are a vital part of a city in flux.