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Khan Al Ahmar bedouin community. Nasser (18)
Khan Al Ahmar bedouin community. Nasser (18) putting Mohammad (8) to bed
Wadi Abu Hindi Bedouin community. A kid playing with a stick. This area is not connected by electricity or running water and it's located next to the biggest rubbish dump of Jerusalem. People who live there are affected different by health diseases, especially kids, who often use to go and play in the waste disposal.
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.
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.
Nora (11) from the Khan al Ahmar bedouin community on a bus trip, visiting Jerusalem for her first time in her life.
Bedouin woman waiting for a bus next to the Anata Bedouin community
Bedouin community on road 437 between Jerusalem and israeli settlement of Ma'ale Addumim in the E1 Area
Abu Raed, Mokhtar of the Ara'ra bedouin community in his tent
Khan al Ahmar bedouin community. Mohamad (8) laying on a bed normally used for sleeping during hot seasons
Khan Al Ahmar bedouin community. Nidal (10) in his parent's bedroom tent
Hammad (12) at the Wadi Abu Hindi bedouin community. This area is not connected by electricity or running water and it's located next to the biggest rubbish dump of Jerusalem. People who live there are affected by different health diseases, especially kids, who often use to go and play in the waste disposal.
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.
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.
Security wall at the entrance of the Palestinian town of Anata, in the E1 area
Khan al Ahmar bedouin community. Kids playing with a toy gun
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.
A bedouin girl buying medicines from the Palestinian mobile clinic unit in the village of Abu Nwar
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.
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.
Landmine Action is a British charity working on behalf of the UN to clear the Western Sahara of Landmines and ERWs. They train and employ local Saharawi, both men and women to do the extremely dangerous work.
Tifariti is an oasis located in the Liberated Territories. It is home to a hospital, school, mosque and a museum. It is also the home-base of Landmine Action and the UN mission (MINURSO).
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.
The President of the Saharawi Red Cross during an interview with a member of the NRC on behalf of the UN.
Can a shelter become a prison? "We cannot leave the camp neither go back to our country nor prosper". At the same time, can a shelter become homeland? "In this place I grow myself, I studied, worked and became father. I feel home". This is a contradiction faced by refugees of the largest camp worldwide, Dadaab, in north-eastern Kenya.
This is the case of Omar, Hassan and Mohamed, three Somalian young men who arrived to Dadaab in 1991, when the war started in Somalia and the camp was created. Their memories of their previous lives are reduced to some blurry images. In these two decades, they have become part of an incipient middle class, but despite that, their aim is to get one of the prized visas to start a new life in another country.
While they think on leaving, 6.000 people arrive every month from Somalia. N-0 is one of the areas where new arrivals are settled and Mohamed Alí is its leader. For them, the camp means safety, but restarting life there is difficult either.
A few of them leave; a lot arrive; all of them "hoping the best but prepared for the worst".