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By Jacob Zocherman
15 Jan 2013

Since the 2011 uprising, Yemen has plummeted into civil unrest, paving the way for criminal gangs, traffickers and smugglers. Political fractions fight for power, and extremism flourish in the vacuum left by a weakened government.

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By Jacob Zocherman
14 Jan 2013

Fairouz Hassan Haji, 22, was kidnapped and forced into prostitution when she fled from Djibouti to Yemen. She has found shelter in UNHCR’s refugee camp in Kharaz, south Yemen.

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By Jacob Zocherman
14 Jan 2013

Many of the refugees suffer post-traumatic stress and receive counselling, shelter and food while their asylum applications are being processed.

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Gate of grief_15.
By Jacob Zocherman
14 Jan 2013

UNHCR’s refugee camp in Yemen is home to 19 000 people, mainly Somali refugees who started to flock to the country when civil war broke out in Somalia in the early 1990s.

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By Jacob Zocherman
14 Jan 2013

A single lock of hair is all Fairouz Hassan Haji has left on her head. When the 22-year-old Ethiopian woman reached Yemen after fleeing Djibouti, she was captured by a gang of armed kidnappers who raped and sold her as a sex slave. She was held for a month before her tormentors left her go. “They shaved my head to humiliate me even further. Only when I yelled that Allah will punish them, they stopped,” she says.

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By Jacob Zocherman
14 Jan 2013

Since the 2011 uprising, Yemen has plummeted into civil unrest, paving the way for criminal gangs. Kidnapping of foreigners is a lucrative business, but even local people are targetted. In the south of the country, government troops fight Ansar al-Sharia insurgents (an alias for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP), killing and injuring scores of civilians. Many civilians fall victim to land mines.

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Matthias Rust in Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
By kkoponen
30 Oct 2012

Matthias Rust, a Hamburg based free lance financial analyst holds a model of Cessna 172 light airplane. He tells his story of flying a similar aircraft to then Soviet Moscow in 1987. His flight was motivated by the cold war and the failure of a previous summit between Soviet Union and the US. Rust wanted to give negotiations a new impetus by defying the Soviet air defense with his light weight civilian aircraft with which he managed to land in the Red Square in central Moscow.

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The Man Who Helped End the Cold War
Hamburg, Germany
By kkoponen
30 Oct 2012

Matthias Rust, a Hamburg based free lance financial analyst holds a model of Cessna 172 light airplane. He tells his story of flying a similar aircraft to then Soviet Moscow in 1987. His flight was motivated by the cold war and the failure of a previous summit between Soviet Union and the US. Rust wanted to give negotiations a new impetus by defying the Soviet air defense with his light weight civilian aircraft with which he managed to land in the Red Square in central Moscow.

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North Sea Surfer
Sylt, Schleswig Holstein
By Ralf Falbe
06 Oct 2012

Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Sylt, Brandenburger Strand
Surfer in the North Sea.

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Juan Mónaco
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
22 Jul 2012

Juan Mónaco displays his trophy after beating Tommy Haas to win the Bet-At-Home 2012 ATP World Tennis Tour championship in Hamburg, Germany

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Denis Naki
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
06 May 2012

Germany, Hamburg, 06.05.2012, 2. Bundesliga Season 2011/2012 - FC St. Pauli vs. SC Paderborn. FC St. Pauli player Denis Naki after the last match (5:0), leaving the club with tears in his eyes.

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FC St. Pauli Fans
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
06 May 2012

Fans of the club FC St. Pauli celebrate after their team won the match against SC Paderborn (5:0) in Hamburg, Germany. Bundesliga Season 2011/2012

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Angela Merkel
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
04 May 2012

Germany, Hamburg, 04.05.2012, Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks on seniors day at the Hamburg Fair (CCH).

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Sergey Abgorian
Yereven
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Feb 2012

Sergey Abgorian is an Armenian veteran who fought in the Red Army against the Germans on the Russian front during WWII.

"Chechen fighters placed two captured Russian soldiers into a small ravine as a trick and to ambush my rescue party," he said. "As we arrived to save them, the Chechens were waiting for us and started shooting. A bullet went right through my hair, and I felt it."

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Per Mortensen
Copenhagen
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2012

Per Mortensen fought during WWII in Denmark against the German occupier as part of a partisan outfit.

"In June 1943 my cousin was captured by the Danish police, so a few hours later I decided to join BOPA," he said. "My cousin was put to jail for a while, but because he acted like a crazy person he was sent later to a hospital. In October, I arranged for his escape."

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Agim Karajozi
Flushing, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Feb 2012

Agim Karajozi is a Albanian WWII veteran who fought in his country as part of a partisan outfit against the Italian and German army.

"By the fall 1942, I joined Balli Kombetar brigade," he said. "Some of my family members made me realize what the Communists were really up to in my country, so I decided to fight against them."

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Otar Gogiashvili
Tiblisi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Otar Gogiashvili is a WWII veteran from the Republic of Georgia who fought with the Red Army on the Russian front against the German invader.

"For over 12 hours the Germans bombed us with Stukas planes, while we were directing artillery fire at German positions," he said. "After my CO left, a Stuka bomb landed on my position, killing everyone except myself."

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Atsushi Hamato
Tokyo
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Atsushi Hamato fought in the Japanese Imperial army during WWII against American forces. Hamato fought in the battle of the Philippines as a company commander.

"We fought for honor and our country against the American invaders," he said.

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Hans von Vultejus
Ry
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Hans von Vultejus fought with the German army in Western Europe against the invading Anglo Saxon armies.

"I was given a Waffen SS uniform," he said. "However, I refused to get my blood type tattooed as was common practice in the SS. While waiting in line, I moved discretely to the already tattooed line so I was never tattooed."

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Olaf Scholz
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
09 Nov 2011

November 9, 2011
Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of Hamburg, Germany speaking about the crisis of cheap apartments in the city.

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Ice Hockey
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
05 Nov 2011

Germany, Hamburg, 05.11.2011, DEL Ice hockey match between Hamburg Freezers and Krefeld Penguins in the O2 Arena.

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Holocaust Survivor's Experiences Conn...
Israel
By upheavalproductions
20 Apr 2011

Dr. Hajo Meyer is a Holocaust survivor and anti-Zionist activist. He has been conducting a speaking tour titled "Never Again For Anyone," sharing his experiences of surviving Auschwitz and his perceptions of Zionism and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

This video is a selection of clips from an interview with Dr. Meyer on February 19, 2011 and discusses his views of the antagonistic relationship between Zionism and Judaism.

Produced by Upheaval Productions.

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By Jacob Zocherman
11 Apr 2011

Boats used by the smugglers are often simple wooden boats. Here on the shore along Bab el-Mandeb, the narrow strait separating Africa and the Arabian Pen-insula. The Bab el-Mandeb Transit Centre is fenced in with concrete walls and barbed wire to keep smugglers and kidnappers out.

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Israel Barsuk
Brooklyn, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
06 Dec 2010

Israel Barkuk is a Ukrainian WWII veteran who fought in the Red Army against the German army.

"My division was located on a plateau in central Ukraine, which was under German attack," he said. "They were just right below us and around us. A sniper killed my commander, so I was promoted the commanding commissar of a full battalion of 300 men."

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FC St. Pauli vs. HSV
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
19 Sep 2010

Germany, Hamburg, 19.09.2010, Bundesliga Derby FC St. Pauli vs. HSV at the Millerntor Stadion, St. Pauli Fans are singing before the match: "Welcome to Hell"

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Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
01 Sep 2010

Former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1927 - 2016), attending funeral of environmentalist Loki Schmidt, Hamburg, Germany.

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FC St. Pauli 100 Years
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
29 May 2010

Two fans of the second Bundesliga club FC St. Pauli celebrate the 100th birthday of the club at Millerntor Stadion on May 29, 2010.

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Thomas Louis Gilzean
Edinburgh
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Thomas Louis Gilzean, a Scottish WWII veterans who fought both in Asia as part of a commando outfit and in Europe against the Germans.

"In Benghazi we lived inside a very nice hotel with my unit," he said. "We fought there until March 1941, when the Germans invaded with Rommel. We soon had to retreat but before we booby-trapped the hotel, and took the fireplace with us. It looked expensive."

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Ante Vukovich
Dubrovnik
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Ante Vukovich is a Croatian WWII veteran who fought against German forces occupying his country during the Second World War. Ante fought with Communist partisan units as an infantryman.

"During my first firefight I couldn't control my Czech machine gun and almost shot one of my fellow soldiers," he said.

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Bernard du Bois
Vilvoorde
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Bernard du Bois is a Belgium WWII veteran who fought with the Allies against German troops occupying his country.

"After being wounded by a Stuka attack, I was picked up by Germans who brought me to a German field hospital in Montreuille-sur-mer, where a German army doctor operated on me atop 12 hundred liter barrel of Champagne," he said. "He saved my life."

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Salomon Freidlyand
Brooklyn, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Salomon Freidlyand is a Byelorussian WWII veteran who fought within the Red Army on the Russian front against the German invader.

"I was sent back to the 297th division to start training partisans and to gather information on the German positions," he said. "I had my own horse, and would often go behind German lines and meet these locals and partisans."

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Thomas Hermann
Sicklerville, NJ
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Thomas Hermann is a WWII veteran who fought in the German army on the Russian front as an infantryman.

"I took part of a counter-attack in late November 1943," he said. "The entire regiment was send forward. The fighting was hard with many close-quarter battles. Two Russian divisions were wiped out in the process. During the fighting, I remember that I could see the white of my enemies eyes."

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Herbert Drossler
Verson
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Herbert Drossler was a loader in a German Tiger tank during the battle of Normandy against American forces.

"Near Vires during a British offensive only 60 meters away, I noticed a dying French civilian between the lines," he said. "He was shouting, 'mother, mother help me' and was wounded in the stomach by shrapnel. I then saw his mother run towards him, so I decided to help her to stop the blood coming out of her son's wound."

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Bjorn Ostring
Oslo
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Bjorn Ostring is an ex Waffen SS Norwegian volunteer who fought as a platoon leader on the Russian front.

"We arrived to the front near the town of Urizk," he said. "As soon as we arrived at the front, we were thrown into the battle to contain Russian troops attacking the area."

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Fernand Kaisergruber
Brussels
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Fernand Kaisergruber is a Belgium WWII veteran who fought in the Waffen SS as an infantryman on the Russian front.

"One day in late 1941, I overheard that two Flemish men had joined the Waffen SS to go fight in Russia," he said. "I talked to my boss and told him that I wanted to do the same. I therefore had the choice between the Waffen SS or the SS Wallonie. I chose the SS Wallonie."

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Adolph Straka
Ljubljana
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Adolph Straka is a Slovenian who fought as a volunteer in the German army against the Russians in Europe, and with alongside the Red army.

"When the Russian took me as prisoner, I was identified as a Yugoslavian, so I got better treatment," he said. "I remained prisoner of war for only three days, and I then swore to Stalin, my name was changed to Rudy, as I bore the same first name as Adolph Hitler."

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Jean Mathieu
Languimberg
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Jean Mathieu is a French national who was forced into the German army to fight against the advancing Russians during WWII.

"With the coming of the Germans, I remained at the family home, he said," but because I was a peasant, the Germans left me alone until 1942, when I was sent to Northern Bavaria to a work camp."

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Giovanni Doretta
Saint-Denis
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Mar 2010

Giovanni Doretta who in an elite mountain unit in Russia as part of the Italian army on the Russian front.

"In August 1942 the division was sent to the Russian front, to the Caucasus," he said. "We took the train to the Ukrainian city of Izium, but counter-orders were sent by the Germans, and we had to unload and walked 300 kilometers to the Don front near Stalingrad."

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Eugeniusz Witt
New York City, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Mar 2010

Eugeniusz, a Polish WWII veteran is posing for the camera inside the WWII Polish association near Gramercy. He fought in the British army in Italy as part of an infantry outfit equipped by British forces.

"The Russians took my parents and I to Siberia, because my father was an officer in the Polish army," he said. "I never saw him again. My mother and I were put on a train. It took about two weeks to reach Siberia, with 30 other people in the same train car."

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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.