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Garment Factory Fire Survivors 02
Saver
By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Anzu Ara, 26, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the factory fire that claimed 117 lives. "Sometimes the intensity of the pain drives me mad," she said. "I break things in desperation. I wake up screaming 'fire! fire!' at night. I can't sleep."

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New York Barbershop
Rotterdam
By Ralf Falbe
22 Feb 2014

The team of the "New York Barbershop" in the Hotel New York, Rotterdam, Netherlands awarded the title "Best Barbershop International of the Year 2013".

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Daily Life in Tareq Al-Bab Market in ...
Aleppo, Northwestern Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
15 Sep 2013

Thousands of people make their daily life in the city of Aleppo.
The most important markets of the city remain open.
Customers flock to buy despite the bombings on different areas of the city.

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Daily Life in Tareq Al-Bab Market in ...
Aleppo, Northwestern Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
14 Sep 2013

Thousands of people make their daily life in the city of Aleppo.
The most important markets of the city remain open.
Customers flock to buy despite the bombings on different areas of the city.

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Western Influence in Kurdistan's Cul...
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
By Transterra Editor
13 Aug 2013

Within Kurdistan and, to a lesser extent, Iraq, Sulaimaniyah has always been the city where changes start. It is known as the cultural capital of Kurdistan - more liberal, youthful and intellectual than Erbil. It is the home of Gorran - the first serious opposition to the ruling PUK and PDK parties and it is the city where all the uprisings and social upheavals in Kurdistan have begun. Although Islam still predominates in the city, people are more secular here than in Erbil and in the countryside.

Kurdistan is modernizing fast. The skylines of the cities are perpetually changing and growing upwards. There are many new cars on the street, often luxury models. People are becoming more prosperous and looking for ways to show it. At the same time, Western cultural influence is everywhere. There are multiplex cinemas that are indistinguishable from any in Europe. Internet access is faster and more commonplace. Many Kurds who left for Europe before and during the second Gulf War are now returning having lived, worked, had families and run businesses in Europe for ten years or more. Nowhere is this influence more outwardly tangible as in the style and fashion of Kurdish young people.

However, while the symbols of apparent modernization spring up all over the place, beneath the surface Kurdistan remains a deeply traditional place. Young people who dress in modern European clothes, drive new expensive 4x4s and hang out drinking in hotel bars and house parties still cannot go on dates with each other. The course of their early life is still mapped out by both familial and social expectations. The men are expected to go into a decent job (i.e. doctor, lawyer, engineer) and the women are expected to get married in their early twenties and start having children immediately. Sons and daughters live with their parents until they are married because estate agents won't rent property to single people for fear of 'dishonour'.

As they strain to create their own identity and express themselves through what they put on their back, the frustration in young men and women is palpable.

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Africa Fashion Week in London
London, United Kingdom
By Serene Yordi
01 Aug 2013

The vibrant colors of the one of the diverse continents in the world were splashed across runways in London from August 1 - 3, at the third annual African Fashion Week London. Over 50 of African and African-inspired best and boldest designers from all over the world showcased their innovative new styles. African Fashion Week premiered in 2011 and is considered the "biggest African event of its kind in Africa." Africa's burgeoning fashion industry is quickly gaining a prominence as a global fashion hub and an untapped market. August 2013.