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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

Between the Kurdish army there are different faiths. Everyone is free to profess what he believes. Inside the camp was created an area for prayer.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

A moment of intimacy in the frontline of the mountain Bashiqa. Two soldiers help to shave each other before taking their positions.

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Ukrainian Separatists Burry Their Deads
donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Aug 2014

Working inside Donetsk presents various challenges for photojournalists. One major challenge involves working directly with rebel forces defending one of their last bastions against government forces. Each day their defensive perimeter is shrinking due to constant shelling. Journalists can only work if granted proper accreditation approved by the Donetsk People Republic. In theory, the accreditation allows journalists to work in military areas, though most suspect it is also used to control the information gathered and shared with the world. The following funeral series is both rare and hard to come by, as the rebels never give access to events that show their demise or military loses. In this case, however, we happened to come across a convoy of rebel cars and two armored vehicles, carrying troops and two coffins each. We decided to follow it and try our luck. After a mile, troops from the convoy stopped us, pointed their machine gun at us and demanded to know why we were following them. When we expressed interest in documenting the funeral, they uncharacteristically agreed. After driving another 20 minutes, the convoy reached a small village right on the front lines, as could be deduced by the constant shelling heard whenever government forces are nearby. For one hour, we photographed the entire ceremony, only to be arrested as soon as it ended under the pretext that their faces could be seen in the pictures. Some soldiers forced us in different cars and drove us to their headquarters back in Donetsk, where they forced us to delete all the photos. Though we obeyed, we were able to retrieve all of them once back at the hotel.

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The Siege of Donetsk
donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Aug 2014

Since the retreat of the pro-Russian separatist forces from Slaviansk and Kramatorsk last May, the rebels have been losing ground against the Ukrainian army. Pushing deeper into rebel-held territory, the army loyal to Kiev has laid siege to the two last remaining major cities still under separatist control: Lugansk and Donetsk. Recently, the city of Lugansk has been completely surrounded and under intense bombardment, forcing the rebels to renew their demand for help to Russia. Donetsk is the largest city in the Donbass region. Before the war, the city had an estimated 1.2 million souls, but less then half are still present within the city limits. Under daily shelling from Ukrainian forces, the remaining population has been finding shelter in cellars and atomic-proof bunkers, some dating back to WWII. In recent days, the government attacks have been more consistent and deadly, targeting downtown and suburb areas alike to demoralise separatist troops defending their stronghold. Most of the locals who have refused to leave are either old, poor, or hopeful that the war will end soon. However, this is an unlikely case, as the Ukrainian army has adopted a strategy of attrition against the determined rebel forces. It is likely that Donetsk will suffer the same fate as Lugansk, with mounting civilian casualties caught in the middle of a war sponsored by the West and Russia alike.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

For the Iraqi woman who finds herself with dependent children and without a male figure at her side, security becomes a constant worry in addition to the emotional and psychological destruction visited on them by the Islamic State. Keeping in touch with friends and relatives helps distract them and maintain a sense of community.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The living conditions of minorities persecuted by the advance of Islamic State militants can be read on the faces of refugees no matter their age. Despite this extreme hardship, the hope that their children will be able to build a better future keeps them going.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Forced migration is in some cases synonymous with survival. These women were found after escaping from an armed group. Young and old, none of them are safe, they say.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

During mealtime, volunteers bring sandwiches and water to refugees. Children play, running between the reinforced concrete pillars of the bridge, left to themselves. The refugees here are waiting for the Duhok municipality to place them in a refugee camp.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Arsalam, 38, is the father of 5 children, including two newborn twins. His family comes from Bashiqua and hosts 24 people in 2 rooms of their hotel. Insecurity is always present on the faces of the guests who do not feel at home, even though they are certainly better off than those refugees who are forced to stay on the streets.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Refugee women and girls cooperate to best manage day to day life, sharing duties and caring for the younger children.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In this makeshift refuge, the little ones spend most of their hours stretched out on the floor in the corridors or in empty classrooms of the school.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Aid from local associations has not been enough to support the Shabak community living in Rovia's mosque. A woman needs to move for the night between the cars parked outside.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Recognized as an ethnic minority in 1952, the Shabak are now on the run from the militias of the Islamic State. They have already experienced persecution in the past, notably by the regime of Saddam Hussein. 70 families of them take refuge in this mosque from their latest threat.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Shabak man is sick, lying on a rug while a woman tends to him, as the public hospital can only be reached in the morning. During the day, temperatures reach around 45 degrees.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

An elderly woman prepares to cook dinner, shielding the fire with wooden panels. Inside the mosque there is no pavement, making hygiene a challenge.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In the tiny village of Rovia a few miles from Mosul, a city currently under control of the Islamic State, the Shabak community has found refuge in a mosque under construction. Inside the community, the proportion of children to adults is very high. The adults hope to spare their children from the psychological trauma of war.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Lalish, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

The temple Lalish is situated to the north of Mosul. It is a place of pilgrimage and an important sanctuary for Yazidis. After IS captured Bashiqua and other nearby villages, many people have sought refuge at the temple monitored by Peshmerga fighters who control the entire district of Sherkan. The Yazidi community has opened its doors to refugees allowing them to settle down within the sacred place, aided by NGOs providing tents and relief supplies.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Shabak women are preparing for the evening meal in a mosque along the road that leads to Mosul. With only moonlight available, people who sleep outside must cook, eat, and wash quickly.

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Ukrainian Army's Wounded Soldiers
kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 Aug 2014

The official Ukrainian Army death toll of 800, during the so called ‘anti terrorist operation’ to retake territory conquered by the pro-Russian separatists last April, is a gross underestimation of casualties suffered by the army. Numbers vary tremendously between Ukrainian and pro-Russian sources. Statistics, like in any conflict are difficult to decipher. Officially, the authorities in Kiev say that the losses they have suffered are 935 killed, 3215 wounded, 13 missing, 1373 prisoners and 20,000 deserters. The numbers given by the separatists are very different: 27,888 killed and wounded, 1649 captured and 13500 deserted or missing. Though it will take time to know exactly how many government soldiers have been killed or wounded, what is certain is that the main military hospitals in Kiev, Kharkov and other main cities, are full of critically injured men.

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Inside Gaza's Shifa Hospital
Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
18 Jul 2014

July 17, 2014
Gaza City

Injured children and civilians flood Gaza's Shifa hospital in desperate need of medical attention after falling victim to Israeli military action. Understaffed and under equipped, doctors rushed to save lives. Among them, Norwegian volunteer doctor Mads Gilbert treats victims alongside his Palestinian colleagues.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurmatu
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. During the day of 28 August 2014 there was a firefight, about 3 hours, between IS and the Kurdish army. Peshmerga army sent on ahead a dozen men to evacuate a building occupied by the militants of Islamic State. The two sides are at a distance from each other about 100 meters.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurmatu
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
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By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. Kurdish soldiers repairing their eyes from the dust raised by the mortar.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The soldiers stay in the guard position. through the bores target the enemy position.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. A Kurdish army vehicle shall move to another location.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. a break during the clash between the peshmerga and isis.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The sniper is in position targeted. The militants ISIS answer to the attacks with mortars.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. a break during the clash between the peshmerga and isis.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The Iraqi army is active and present in the base of the peshmerga against the attack of the militants of the Islamic state.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The Iraqi army, in a time of rest during the gunfight.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. Munitions of Iraqi army that fought alongside the peshmerga.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
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By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The Iraqi army is active and present in the base of the peshmerga against the attack of the militants of the Islamic state.