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Palestinians Commemorate Land Day on ...
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
01 Apr 2015

Palestinians from across the West Bank and Israel gathered in confiscated Palestinian villages, on both side of the 1967 Greenline, to commemorate Land Day. Land Day is seen as a day of resistance action in defense of Palestinian land. Annual Land Day events are held by Palestinian communities within the State of Israel, in the occupied territories, and in the Palestinian diaspora.

 

Land Day events in 2015 included a 'return march' by the community-in-exile of Lifta, many of whom today remain only a kilometer or two from their original homes. Today there remains a small but very active community-in-exile of Lifta's refugees in East Jerusalem, and it was this group, under the banner of their community grassroots organisation 'Sons of Lifta' who spent Land Day inside their home village. Although many of the village's houses remain intact and the refugees live only a ten minute journey away, they are denied their rights to return to live in the vilage by the State of Israel.

 

Land day first started on March 30,1976, when mass demonstrations broke out among Palestinian communities in the State of Israel in protest at an Israeli state plan to confiscate 20,000 dunums (2,000 hectares) of land around the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin and Arraba in the Galilee. This was one of the first examples of mass coordinated action being carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel. Protests were held from the Galilee in the north all the way to the Negev (known as the 'Naqab' to Palestinians) in the south. Over the course of the day 6 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 100 were injured. Ever since these events, Palestinians have commemorated March 30th as 'Land Day', or 'Yom al-Ard' in Arabic.

 

In Another Land Day event, activists in the village of Wadi Fukin in the West Bank attempted to plant 350 olive tree saplings on land that is threatened with expropriation by the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. All Israeli settlements within the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are illegal under international law. Before more than a handful of trees could be planted in Wadi Fukin, Israeli soldiers rained clouds or tear gas on to the activists bringing the Land Day event to an abrupt halt. For Palestinians, Land Day is an important annual event which brings together many thousands of Palestinians across historic Palestine in the defence of Palestinian land.

 

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Abu Shakir 4
Damascus, Syria
By lukas.goga
11 Dec 2013

Adnan al-Omari, started working in family business in 1953 and improved it. He is nearly 70 years old and supervises his two sons who now run it. He still buys fresh fruits every day.

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Xanti Mortu
By Andrea Falletta
08 Aug 2013

A old man is crossing the street in Nuraxi Figus, a small town in Sardegna where most of the 600 inhabitants work in the coal mine, which is visible on the background of the photograph.

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Xanti Mortu
By Andrea Falletta
07 Aug 2013

An old miner sitting in front of his locker after a long day of work.

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Life Along The Railway (7 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

An old man sits with his grandson in a home next to the railroad tracks. Family members of all generations live together and take care of each other in Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha. It is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (25 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

An old couple is preparing food outside their makeshift home in a slum in Dhaka.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Mopti, Mali (3 of 3)
Mopti, Mali.
By George Henton
01 Feb 2013

Images from Mopti, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Ghost
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
17 Dec 2012

Amadou (name changed), approximately 56 years old, lies in the room of his host family in Bamako. Amadou was threatened with death and forced to watch the rape of his wife by members of the MNLA. Since then has not talked or moved willingly. His children say it is as if he has turned into a ghost. Amadou has been unable to seek medical attention.

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Spanish crisis (13 of 20)
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Iaioflautas.
Barcelona, Spain. The Iaioflautas movement is the older people who also organize and protest against cuts and the government's austerity measures as do the young.

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Mali Portraits (7 of 11)
Tessit, Mali
By bindra
08 Oct 2012

Name: Al Hrisseini dit Adiwa
Age: 52
City: Tessit

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Three's a Crowd
Kabul, Afghanistan
By MediaMikeDC
18 Mar 2012

Father riding a bike with two young boys on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Casualty of War
Kabul, Afghanistan
By MediaMikeDC
01 Mar 2012

A handicapped man in a wheelchair on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Protester Holding the Flag while Wear...
Cairo, Egypt
By randoshka2000
29 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 27,2012
Celebration of the revolution. Protester in Tahrir SQ holding and wearing the Egyptian flag.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
12 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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The People of Pingelap (24 of 27)
Pingelap, Federated States of Micronesia
By Hannes von der Fecht
19 Mar 2008

An old man takes a rest under a mat.

Pingelap is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, a part of the Federate States of Micronesia. About 240 people live on this atoll. Ten per cent of them have a genetic form of colour blindness, achromatopsia, meaning their sight is extremely diffused and their eyes very sensitive to light. This disease is locally known as "Maskun", which in Pingelapese language means "to not see".
In his book, The Island of the Colorblind, Oliver Sacks, author and neurologist, describes the life of the inhabitants of Pingelap. His interest is based on the question, if, because of the multitude of people with Maskun in Pingelap, there is an independent culture of colour blind people. This book inspired me to travel to Pingelap and create a photographic series as a study in the perception of people with Maskun. I discovered that in everyday life people with Maskun are hardly distinguishable from those without – only the constant blinking of the eyes in the bright sunshine reveals any difference. With my camera I wanted to somehow visualise how the island was percieved by its inhabitants and come to terms with those who are living with Maskun.