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Fleeing Nature 7
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Romjal Ali takes a selfie with his destroyed house. Mr. Ali's house was destroyed by the eroding river bank. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Fleeing Nature 9
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Rabeya Begum stands over the roof of her house which she salvaged after it was destroyed by river bank erosion. She is going to use the salvaged materials to build her new home. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Fleeing Nature 10
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Khadija Akhter was only able to save this cabinet and some bricks from her house after river bank erosion resulted in her house being destroyed and submerged. Dohar, Dhaka.

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Fleeing Nature 11
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Hashmot Ali's house sits tilted and half submerged in the Padma river after the bank on which his house was built gave way. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Orphaned Brothers Struggle to Survive...
Damascus
By Rame ALsayaed
13 Aug 2014

al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus
November, 2014

Youssef, 8 years old
Ahmed 12 years old
Um Farah, Aunt

Youssef and Ahmed are two young orphans who are struggling to survive with their two sisters. After losing their father and mother a couple of years ago, the children now struggle to survive in the besieged Damascus neighborhood of al-Hajar al-Aswad.

The children's father was killed during clashes with the Syrian army in their native Deir Ez Zour. Shortly after their father's death, the situation in Deir Ez Zour became too violent and Um Youssef escaped with the children to al-Hajar al-Aswad, a neighborhood in southern Damascus.

In the beginning of 2012, when the mother was standing in line to get some bread for her children, the Syrian government bombed the bakery and Um Youssef was severely injured. Due to the siege imposed on the area by the government, she was not able to get proper treatment for her wounds and she died shortly after. Youssef, Ahmed, and their two sisters became orphans.

After losing their mother, the children's aunt, Um Farah started looking after them. However, their lives did not get easier as Um Farah's ability to care for the children was limited as she was already poor herself and had her own children to look after. Regardless of the challenges, Um Farah did not give up on Youssef and his siblings, and tried to provide for them. However, the siege and resulting poverty forced Youssef and Ahmed to begin providing for themselves.

Now, Youssef and Ahmed scour the streets of al-Hajar al-Aswad for food and anything that they can use to survive.

A typical day for Ahmed and Youssef begins early when they go searching for drinkable water. After their search for water, they head to school in a makeshift classroom that was established by volunteers in al-Hajar al-Aswad. For the boys, school is considered they only good thing in their lives during the war. However, Youssef usually leaves in the middle class to go reserve a place in the line for the public kitchen. Once he reserves his spot he heads back to school.

After school is over, Youssef returns to the kitchen to pick up the food. They then take the food home to have a meal with the rest of the family.
After taking a short rest, they go out searching for firewood, which is the only material available under siege that can be used for cooking and heating. After an exhausting day they go to sleep.

Youssef and Ahmed can no longer remember cartoon shows; they have not watched any since the electricity was cut off two years ago. The only thing they care about is helping their aunt provide food and other needs for the family.

Youssef and Ahmed are examples of many Syrian orphans who struggle to survive.

The Syrian government imposed a siege on al-Hajar al-Aswad at the end of 2012 and the siege has thus far resulted in the death nearly 70 people from starvation and dehydration. The situation is getting worse after the regime increased the siege by cutting off the water in al-Hajar al-Aswad.
TRANSCRIPT:

Interviewer:
Ho do you spend your day Youssef?

Youssef:
We wake my aunt up to tell her that we are going to get water, so she would not worry about us. After we are done, we go to school, and when it is time to go to the kitchen, we take permission from the teacher and leave to go put the buckets and claim our place in line. Then we go back to school and after we are done we go to the kitchen, get the food, and come back home.

Interviewer:
Youssef what do you wish for?

Youssef:
To have my mother and father alive. When I see children with their parents, I feel sad, I see them with their parents, playing and joking, but I cannot do that because my parents are dead and I have nobody but my aunt.

Interviewer:
Youssef what do you want to be when you grow older?

Youssef:
I want to become an FSA fighter

Interviewer:
Why do you want to become and FSA fighter?

Youssef:
I want vengeance from the people who killed my mother and father.

Interviewer:
Ahmed, what do you wish to become when you grow older?

Ahmed:
I want to become a doctor because when my mother was injured, there were no doctors to treat her. That is why I want to become a doctor, so I can treat the ill and the injured.

Interviewer:
Ahmed, what do you wish for?

Ahmed:
I wish the old days would return and I can go back and play with the children I used to play with, and to go back to school and forget about everything and not wake up early to go look for firewood, water and food. That is how we spend our days, very tiring.

Um Farah, their aunt:
Their mother died while she was at the bakery getting bread. A bomb was dropped and her kidney was injured. And their father, he died before their mother did. He was going with some people and carrying a gun and some people betrayed them and 100 men were killed. Their father was one of them. They have nobody, I brought them to look after them and I will not give up on them. For their bad luck, things got worse and life got more difficult. We have been under siege for a year, without food or medical care or anything. We go to the garden and get some edible plants while the children go to the public kitchen and get some food, that is how we are managing.

Interviewer:
How many children are they?

Um Farah, their aunt:
They are four, two older girls and two boys.
That is how we are living, the children go everyday to get water from a place far away, it has been two months since they cut off the water.

Interviewer:
How do the children treat you?

Um Farah, their aunt:
They are great, they call me mom and I do not make them feel that I am only their aunt. I love them very much, and I treat them as if they were my own children.

The teacher:
Youssef’s case is similar to many cases we have here at the school. This child lost his family and he no longer has people to care for him. In the beginning, we felt that he is lonely and isolated, until we knew what his problem was, and as much as possible we tried to push him to communicate with the other children. In addition to that, similar to many other children, they bring buckets and container and take permission to leave class in order to go to the public kitchen and get food so they can survive.

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Death Trap 9
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women who lost her son in the Pinak-6 sinking points to the river Padma as she voices her fury at the Bangladeshi government. The woman feels that if the government had taken the initiative to build a bridge across the river, then her son would not have been missing. The Pinak-6 was a passenger vessel used to ferry people from one side of the Padma river to the other. The boat sank as it made a crossing.

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Death Trap 14
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women crawls on the ground at the Mawa Ferry Ghat on August 4, 2014 after her husband went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank on the Padma river.

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Death Trap 15
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A survivor of the Pinak-6 sinking cries on the shore of the Padma river. He was able to save himself, but not his mother, who drowned in the disaster. While many people who take the boats know how to swim, when the boats capsize many passengers panic and cannot save themselves. The saris and baggy clothes popular amongst Bangladeshis also make it hard to swim and lead many to drown.

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Death Trap 1
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

People gather at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after a passenger vessel named Pinak-6 sank. On that sunken passenger vessel, 51 people died and more than 200 went missing.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 2
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Three women cry at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka, after their father went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry capsized the Padma river.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 3
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two sisters become senseless while crying for their father at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka.Their father was one of more than 200 passengers who when missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry sank in the Padma river.

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Death Trap 4
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries at the Mawa Ferry Ghat as her only brother went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank in the Padma river.

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Death Trap 5
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two women cry for their missing husbands at the Mawa Ferry Ghat after after the sinking of the Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 6
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries with her family members at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after her husband and only son went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel is sank in the Padma River.

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Death Trap 7
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A Bangladesh Navy diver signals that he has found another dead body from the sunken Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 8
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Locals gather at at Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank just offshore as it crossed to the other side of the river.

August 4, 2014

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Death Breathes New Life in Iran
tehran
By Azad Amin
29 Jul 2014

40 year old Maryam has suffered from a severe lung disease her whole life and had been waiting a long time for a lung donor. The family of young man who became critically brain damaged after an accident, decided to donate his vital organs, in accordance with his wishes. Maryam was given his lungs. Now it has been a while since Maryam underwent the surgery and is slowly getting back to normal life. She visits the grave of the man who’s death gave her life.

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Protest and Funeral in the West Bank
Qalandia
By Eyad Jadallah
25 Jul 2014

July 24-25, 2014
Qalandia, West Bank

17-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Araj is laid to rest after being shot and killed during clashes with Israeli troops the previous night at the Qalandia checkpoint separating the West Bank from Jerusalem. Israeli security forces shot dead Mohammad and wounded 150 other people during the massive, 10 000 person protest in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end.

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Death Trap 23
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
25 Jul 2014

An overloaded passenger vessel at Sadarghat Launch Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 July 2014. Overloading is one of the reasons for the sinking of passenger vessels.

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Death Breathes New Life in Iran
Tehran
By Azad Amin
22 Jul 2014

40 year old Maryam has suffered from a severe lung disease her whole life and had been waiting a long time for a lung donor. The family of young man who became critically brain damaged after an accident, decided to donate his vital organs, in accordance with his wishes. Maryam was given his lungs. Now it has been a while since Maryam underwent the surgery and is slowly getting back to normal life. She visits the grave of the man who’s death gave her life.

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Death Surge: Bangladesh's Capsizing R...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

May 2014-January 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Located on the delta of the Ganges river, Bangladesh is a country of waterways. There are around 300 rivers in Bangladesh, which make up 24,140 km of waterways. For this reason, river transportation is used more than road or rail transportation.

However, poorly designed transport boats, poor maintenance, recruitment of unskilled boat drivers, and the overloading of transport vessels are resulting in catastrophic boat disasters which kill thousands. It has been reported that in last 15 years there have been 573 boat accidents. These accidents have claimed the lives of more than 5000 people, and left around 1000 people missing and unaccounted for.  

River transport is particularly popular amongst Bangladesh’s poor, as it is much cheaper than overland transport. As a result, most victims of riverboat disasters come from poor backgrounds, as they have no choice but to travel by boat. Many of those who require transport in the first place are the primary breadwinners of a family, as they need to travel to and from work. Therefore, those most affected by these tragic disasters are some of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable. Many of those killed leave behind dependent and impoverished families.

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Death Trap 10
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Navy divers have recover the body of a dead child who was killed the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized on the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 went missing.

May 16, 2014

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Death Trap 11
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A mother anxiously waits to hear news about her missing son who disappeared when the MV Miraj - 4 capsized on the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka.

May 16, 2014

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Death Trap 12
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Relatives wait recover the dead bodies of lost relatives who were killed when the MV Miraj - 4 sank on the Meghna River.

May 16, 2014

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Death Trap 13
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescuers try to recover dead bodies from the submerged wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel on Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 more went missing.

May 17, 2014

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Death Trap 16
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A crane pulls the wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 out of the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 went missing.

May 17, 2014

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Death Trap 17
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A dead body floats in the Meghna River 40 hours after the sinking of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 18
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A relative of a missing passenger from the MV Miraj-4 is waits for his relative's dead body on the bank of Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 16, 2014.

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Death Trap 19
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

"Where is my mom ?! where is my mom ?!" a man cries on the bank of Meghna River. The man was able to save himself, but not his mother, with whom he was traveling, when the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized.

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Death Trap 20
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A man cries on the bank of Meghna River. The man was able to save himself, but not his mother, with whom he was traveling, when the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized.

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Death Trap 21
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A rescue worker cries after spending the day recovering dead bodies from the sunken MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 22
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescue workers recover a dead body from the wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 25
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescuers have rescued a dead body from Meghna river near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 16 May 2014. This deadbody is rectified as one of the passenger of the passenger vessel named MV Miraj - 4 which was sank at Meghna river near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15 May 2014. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 more passenger are lost.

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Father Francis Vanederlcht Assassinat...
homs
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Jesuit Monastery, Besieged Homs
07/04/2014
Father Francis Vanederlcht was shot in the head by a masked gunman who broke into the Jesuit Monastery in Homs' rebel held area of Boustan al-Diwan on April 7, 2014, killing him instantly.
The monastery's inhabitants shrouded Vanederlcht's body and buried him in the monastery soon after the incident.
Father Francis Vanederlcht refused to leave Homs during the February evacuation and stayed with the remaining christian inhabitants.

دير الآباء اليسوعيين، حمص المحاصرة 07/04/2014
اقتحم ملثم يحمل مسدس حربي عند العاشرة من صباح اليوم الاثنين 07/04/2014 دير الآباء اليسوعيين الواقع في احياء حمص القديمة المحاصرة والتي تقع تحت سيطرة المعارضة. المسلح قام باطلاق النار على الأب فرنس فندرلاخت وأصابه بطلقة في رأسه مما أدى الى مقتله على الفور. سكان الدير من المواطنين المسيحيين قاموا بتكفين الجثمان مباشرة بعد الحادثة، وقد تم دفن جثة الأب فرانس داخل الدير. وكان الأب فرنس قد رفض الخروج في حملات الاجلاء التي تمت في شباط الفائت اثر اتفاق بين المسلحين المعارضين والقوات الحكومية التي تحاصر أحياء حمص القديمة منذ اكثر من سنة، وفضل البقاء في الدير مع نحو 23 من السكان المسيحيين.

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Tin Fever in Indonesia 33
By Steven Wassenaar
17 Mar 2014

Fondy (51 years) is a contracter working for PT Timah, his mine produces 60 tons of tin a month. He hopes to be able to produce 80-100 tons next year. The Pemali mine, the biggest legal mine in Bangka that has completely devastated the once green landscape. Operated by PT-Timah, it produces 60 tons of tin per month. Bangka Island (Indonesia) is devastated by illegal tin mines. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Fondy (51 ans) est un sous-traitant, travaillant pour PT Timah, sa mine produit 60 tonnes d'étain par mois, il espère atteindre 80-100 tonnes l'année prochaine. Mine de Pemali, plus grande mine légale de Bangka. Exploité par PT-Timah. Elle produit 60 tonnes d'étain par mois. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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Garment Factory Fire Survivors 05
Saver
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Shahnaz Begum, 36, jumped from 3rd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly fire that permanently damaged her eye. She sustained serious spinal injuries from the fall.

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Garment Factory Fire Survivors 07
Saver
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Hasan Mia, 30, jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when it went ablaze two years ago. He still struggles with mental illness.

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Garment Factory Fire Survivors 12
Saver
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Shama, 20, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the fire that killed 117 people in 2012. She sustained serious injuries to her leg and the right side of her body that still cause her complications two years later.

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Garment Factory Fire Survivors 14
Saver
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Rowshonara, 37, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly blaze. She still fights to overcome the deep mental and emotional trauma.

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

Khadeza Akter Sume, 20, jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when a fire killed 117 people in 2012. She still struggles to cope with the trauma.