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Ukraine: The Wait 06
Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Aug 2015

After months without rotation, the prospects of an entrenched warfare remain bleak. Stationary frontline attritions grind is more reminiscent of World War One, than a 21st century battlefield. Faced with increasing apathy from their own society in Ukraine, many soldiers turn to bottle, or worst - chair and a rope – even if the problem has not yet reached epidemic proportions.

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Paviopil, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
19 Mar 2015

Pavlopil and its 200 remaining inhabitants are stuck between Ukrainian and separatists frontlines. Devoid of jobs, schools or local amenities, the villagers attempt to co-exist. Days are spent farming and sitting in the front yards; it takes too long, and costs too much to get into neighbouring city of Mariupol.

“We share what we have – yes, you could say it’s real communism,” says one of those remaining.

Some families, however, did not have even the smallest luxury of a roof over their heads – their homes were destroyed in subsequent artillery duels.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Mar 2015

The separatists’ diversionary raid on a railway bridge leaves passenger trains stranded in Mariupol. After many months of idleness, the bridge was finally repaired.

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Ukraine: The Wait 05
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
16 Mar 2015

The strategic southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol continues to rely on its heavy-industries, even as shells randomly hit its eastern outskirts, or the near-constant fighting in Shyrokino - a village 30 kilometers east of Mariupol. Even as analysts and military intelligence predict a weekly separatist assault, it hasn’t happened in a year; the steel mills roll on.

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Ukraine: The Wait 10
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Mar 2015

‘Psych’, a young volunteer fighter with one of Ukraine’s makeshift battalions ‘St. Mary’. After being reformed from the Shakhtorsk Battalion, the newly established battalion’s leaders are adopting a Christian Crusader façade.

“I’m an atheist,” he says, trying to conceal a pre-adolescent face under khaki balaclava.

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Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
10 Mar 2015

The psychiatric hospital in Semyonovka, Donetsk Region, saw heavy fighting at the start of the War in Donbass. Both sides accuse the other for its destruction and using civilians trapped in the crossfire as cover. According to Human Rights Watch, patients and staff were evacuated on May 26, 2014 “to other facilities in Zhdanovka, Gorlovka, and Donetsk.”

All of these territories are now under control of the Pro-Russian separatists. A man from Semyonovka- who preferred to remain anonymous, said as he scourged through the remains of his home: “Last time I heard, they were taken to Russia after the evacuation.”

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Ukraine: The Wait 04
Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Mar 2015

Two of Tanya’s seven children huddle by a television in Kramatorsk refugee centre. Having escaped war in the neighbouring city of Gorlovka - currently under separatist control, the family breathes easily. Boredom prevails, as the children – along with the teenagers, move from one screen to another, trying to entertain themselves.

“My husband will join us here soon,” says the mother Tanya, “everything is perfect.” Meanwhile, her eldest daughter stares at the flickering screen in front.

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A Hero Found: Missing Soldier Returns...
Gilan, Sangar, ُSangar Road, Iran
By Hosain Nazari
07 Mar 2015

Born 16 july 1968 in Shahrestan village, near the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Mohammad Ali Hasanjani was only 18 years old when he was deployed by the Iranian Army on the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war. Soon after he was killed and his body never recovered. For 27 years he lay missing, buried amidst the wreckage of war, his family having no remains with which to mourn. However, after missing for 27 years, Mohammad's body was found and he was recently returned home to his village for a hero's funeral. 

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1989) hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides. In Iran, people who were killed in the conflict were declared martyrs, or heroes for their country. Due to the chaotic and exceptionally deadly nature of the war, many soldiers went missing in battle. At the end of the war, the search began to find those missing in action and the mission continues to this day. Many of those soldiers who are found are never identified. However, in some cases, like that of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani, missing soldiers are indentified and returned home for a long overdue funeral. 

These photos chronicle the funeral of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani 27 years after he was killed. 

 

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Cane land Iran
Haft Tape
By Javid Tafazoli
09 Nov 2014

Little is known about sugar cane harvesting in southwestern Iran. Here the workers come with hopes of a better life but arrive to find extremely harsh working conditions. The work is hazardous and injuries are frequent, but there is no support system for the workers. They are in a system which abuses their need to earn a living and there is no thought on the safety of workers. They are under constant surveillance as they work 12 hour days, six days per week for which they get paid $10 per day. Most of them are from the western regions of Ilam and Lorestan and are contracted by organizations hired by plantation owners in their home towns. The season starts before spring arrives and does not finish until autumn. First they burn the fields, to make harvesting easier, before using sharp scythes to cut the canes.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
02 Jun 2014

Women walk past factory, China Town, Kolkata, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
30 May 2014

Sanjay, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
30 May 2014

sanjay, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
29 May 2014

Satyananda Das Baul, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
29 May 2014

satyananda Das Baul, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
28 May 2014

Sanjay, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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West Bengal
By Alice Carfrae
28 May 2014

sanjay, Baul Musician, West Bengal, India.

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Syrians Vote in Lebanon
By arenevier
27 May 2014

On Wednesday, May 28th, Syrians living abroad voted in the Syrian the presidential election. While some countries banned voting from taking place, Lebanon allowed the election to move forward at the Syrian embassy near Beirut. From early in the morning the road leading to the Syrian embassy was jammed for several kilometers with pedestrians, cars, buses, and Lebanese Army tanks.

The area immediately around the embassy was tense as people tried to push their way into the compound. Soldiers and Guards struggled to control the crowd. Some people fainted in the heat and others were pushed to the ground by the raucous crowd. The army did not allow photos near the embassy.

Despite the chaos, most people were in high spirits and some sang songs of adoration of Bashar Al Assad. There were also some Lebanese citizens along the road voicing their love for the Syrian president. No one spoken to outside the embassy mentioned the two other Syrian presidential candidates, Maher Al Hajjar and Hassan Al Nouri. People appeared to only voiced their desire for Bashar Al Assad to remain in power.

Inside the embassy people were not using the voting booths set up. Instead, they passed around a pen and ticked the picture of Bashar Al Assad in front of each other.

These photos were taken outside the Syrian Embassy in Yarze, Lebanon, on May 28, between 7am and 10am.

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Riffs and Concrete: Communist Print F...
Belgrade
By Aurélien Cohen
26 May 2014

March 24, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia

A former Yugoslav state printing company has become the ground-zero of Belgrade's underground youth culture. Thousands of party goers, musicians and artists go to the "BIGZ"' every weekend, where they drink, watch concerts or rehearse in music studios. During the week, some parts of the building still function as private print factories. However, every Friday, the building transforms into an all night party. A rock scene in Bauhaus decor: discover the 25,000 square meters of the Zgrada BIGZa.

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Famine Threatens South Sudan
Juba
By Jacob Zocherman
21 May 2014

May, 2014
South Sudan

Renewed fighting and large-scale displacement in South Sudan is now sowing the seeds of a potential famine, according to the UN. Although for some South Sudanese, starvation is already a reality.

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“Miroirs… Les Cheikhs Druzes Mowahhed...
chouf
By Walid
07 May 2014

“Miroirs…” est une plongée dans la vie contemporaine des Cheikhs druzes, un témoignage photographique qui tente de capter l’essence d’une foi et d’un peuple souvent mal compris. Pour ces Cheikhs, la religion imprègne tous les aspects de la vie. Médecins, agriculteurs, écrivains, ouvriers du bâtiment : quel que soit leur métier, leur rapport au monde est empreint de compassion, d’intégrité et d’un regard tendre sur leur environnement. Tous, ils nourrissent une insatiable soif de connaissance vis-à-vis du vivant et vis-à-vis d’eux-mêmes. Une curiosité qui est souvent, et à tort, prise pour une forme d’isolement du monde.

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Mount Sinabung Eruption
Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia
By Transterra Editor
04 Jan 2014

Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash and lava as seen from Tiga Kicat village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, early morning January 5, 2014. About 20,000 villagers have been evacuated since authorities raised the alert status for Sinabung to the highest level in November 2013, local media reported on Monday.

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The Kids from Lunik IX
Slovakia
By Transterra Editor
23 Dec 2013

Lunik IX is an apartment complex in the southwestern suburbs of Košice, Slovakia. Originally build as home for middle-class families with a capacity of 2,500 people, the Slovakian government started to resettled thousands of Slovakian people affiliated to the Roma minority in the 1990s. Today Lunik IX is home to an estimated number of between 6,000 and 8,000 Roma making it the largest Roma community within Slovakia.

Over the years Lunik IX evolved into an urban slum. The unemployment rate is nearly 100%, inhabitants aren’t able to pay their water, gas or electricity bills. The waste disposal isn’t working, inhabitants constantly throw their trash right out of the window.

Several buildings are in an unacceptable condition and at risk to collapse. Between my last two visits one complex has been demolished for ‘security reasons’. The toxic standard of the waste disposal has reached a dangerous high level even starting to harm the town’s ground water. Only during certain hours a day people are supplied with freshwater.

The children from Lunik IX are the first who suffer from these horrible conditions and they should be the last to blame for their situation. Lunik IX is overcrowded, more and more flats become uninhabitable, winters are long and cold. Open fires inside the flats, rat plagues, diseases, malnutrition and worse hygiene standards are among the fatal threats threatening the children in Lunik IX.

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Lebanese for Syrians
Arsal, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
21 Dec 2013

Window reflection of a vehicle that was embarking to the near by Syrian border on its way to Damascus.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.