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Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island
By Ralf Falbe
05 Mar 2016

Paddling a Banca Boat at sunset, Siquijor Island, Philippines.

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Italienische Nationalkirche Maria Schnee, 1010 Wien,Austria
By Ignat Solovey
16 Aug 2014

Monument to the Emperor Franz I Habsburg of Austro-Hungary at Vienna Hofburg in the evening with a dramatic cloudy sky. Silhouette, image includes part of Vienna skyline

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Jan 2012

The fighting was fierce and ambushes a constant danger. Al Shabaab was capable and resourceful and AMISOM took serious casualties as they slowly pushed Al Shabaab out of the capital. Here an AMISOM ambulance was hit by a recoilless rifle grenade, the grenade going straight through the cabin wounding the already wounded soldiers further during the Mogadishu University Offensive on 20 January 2012.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Nov 2011

The AMISOM soldiers received training both pre-deployment and while in-country. Fighting in the streets of Mogadishu, Urban Warfare, represented a new kind of war for the Ugandan Army that had specialised in bush war rather than Urban combat. Here Ugandan soldiers arriving at the Al Jazeera training camp south of Mogadishu for training on 4 November 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Nov 2011

The fighting in Mogadishu was done from building to building and block to block and few house were left unscarred. The fighting was fierce and hiding places aplenty in the ruined city. Here a Ugandan soldier is hiding from potential snipers on the top floor of the ruins of the once majestic Aruba Hotel in Mogadishu on 2 November 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 Oct 2011

AMISOM convoys would often be ambushed and vigilant guard had to be maintained when the AMISOM convoys navigated the potholed streets of Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan soldier with the nickname "Stonecold" is guarding the rear of the convoy as it moves through downtown Mogadishu on 22 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 Oct 2011

AMISOM convoys would often be ambushed and vigilant guard had to be maintained when the AMISOM convoys navigated the potholed streets of Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan soldier with the nickname "Stonecold" is guarding the rear of the convoy as it moves through downtown Mogadishu on 22 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Oct 2011

This collection depicts Ugandan and Burundian soldiers in 2011 and 2012 as part of the African Union forces under a UN mandate African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The battles were a turning point in the war as Al Shabaab was first driven out of Mogadishu and later forced to retreat from Afgoye, a strategic town 30 kilometres north of Mogadishu.
AMISOM was formed initially by Ugandan and Burundian troops in Mogadishu, and later joined by Kenyan, Ethiopian, Djiboutian and Sierra Leonian troops, suffering heavy losses during the brutal fighting in and around Mogadishu.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Oct 2011

Thousands of AMISOM soldiers were killed and injured in the now eight year long war in Somalia. Here a Burundian officer is depicted with the passports of dead and wounded Burundian soldiers after the battle for Daynile district, where the Burundian contingent suffered 75 killed in an ambush. 21 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

The war was dirty and relentless and atrocities were committed. Here two Ugandan soldiers stand in front of the leftover equipment from AMISOM soldiers executed by the Al Shabaab. 15 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Thousands of AMISOM soldiers were killed and injured through the years of fighting Al Shabaab in and around Mogadishu. Here Burundian soldiers wounded in the Daynile Offensive are on their way to be evacuated to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment on 15 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

As a lowtech army with limited budget food for the soldiers was made in the old fashion way on bonfires wherever possible. Here Ugandan army kitchen at the National Stadium in Mogadishu on 10 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

The war in Mogadishu was brutal and ver present. Although Al Shabaab fought back the AMISOM troops were able to capture Mogadishu bit by bit not least thanks to the presence of the T55 tanks that provided much needed firepower on operations. Here a Ugandan T55 ready for action during the battle of the Pasta Factory. The offensive aimed at dislodging Al Shabaab from the north eastern part of the city.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

The Ugandan People's Defence Forces took heavy casualties in the hard fighting as they forced Al Shabaab out of the Somali capital. Two Ugandan soldiers enjoy a free moment to play checkers with bottle caps in a semi-destroyed building at the eastern part of Mogadishu on 5 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
28 Sep 2011

Moving around in Mogadishu the Ugandan People's Defence Forces used Casspir armoured personnel carriers carrying PKM machine guns and 12.7 mm. Here Ugandan Casspir Armoured Personnel Carriers navigating the roundabout at Kilometre 4 on their way downtown on 28 September 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
19 Sep 2011

With a UN mandate to protect the Somali Government institutions the AMISOM soldiers provided close protection for Somali politicians in Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan security detail protects the Somali Minister of Defence during his visit in the fall of 2011 to the Somali National Army HQ (Gashandiga) forming part of the frontline in Mogadishu.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Jan 2011

A Ugandan T55 tank at the airport in Mogadishu in 2011. As part of AMISOM the Ugandan T55s were the main armament used in Mogadishu and were used in both defensive roles inside the main base, especially after Al Shabaab entered the Green Zone at the airport in 2009, and in an offensive role as AMISOM reclaimed territory in the battered capital. In the beginning of 2011 the AMISOM controlled area was limited to around 30 square kilometres in the Mogadishu. Al Shabaab controlled the rest.

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What a Trip! Cycling from Germany to ...
Germany, Tschech Republik, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore
By Maximilian Semsch
02 May 2008

In 2008 Maximilian Semsch at the age of 24 cycled from Munich to Singapore to find out more about himself and to go on a real adventure, as life must be more than just working. He did the journey all by himself, without the help of a professional camera team. As there was no one to talk to, his camera became his best friend during the trip. His journey started in May 2008 in his hometown Munich. His route took him through Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine into Russia and further on to Kazakhstan. Semsch then did hit rock bottom, as he was refused a visa and couldn't enter China. After days of consideration he did decide to skip China and flew to Thailand. His route through south-east Asia took him from Thailand to Cambodia back into Thailand and via Malaysia he finally reached Singapore, after 211 days and 13.500km on his bike. Semsch recorded everything on his trip. The nice and helpful people he bumped into, drinking vodka in Russia with complete strangers and its aftermath of a hangover the next day but he also tells about his fight against loneliness, heat and extreme headwind. He always does it in a very personal way that gives the audience the feeling of sitting on the back of his bike.