Editor's Picks 24 September

Collection with 10 media items created by Transterra Editor

24 Sep 2013 08:00

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Wildlife Crimes (4 of 47)
Menkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Despite being one of Africa's most resource rich countries, poverty is widespread in Gabon and a big contributor to poaching. This lady is from a Baka pygmy village near Menkebe. The Baka have been targeted by crime syndicates and recruited as poachers due to their intimate knowledge of the jungle.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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The Frontline in Ras al-Ayn, Syria
Ras al Ayn, Syria
By Balint Szlanko
31 Aug 2013

This short film shows Ras al-Ayn under mortar fire from mainly Arab rebel groups stationed west of the town. The journalist documented the front line in Ras al-Ayn, numbered with snipers and militants. This front line is just west of the city where the Kurdish YPG militia, who has been fighting against the rebels for months, is positioned.

Also included at the end of the video is an interview with a YPG female commander.

All the shots were taken on 30 August in Ras el Ayn, currently controlled by the Kurdish militia.

0:00-0:13 shot was filmed on the street with the sound of some mortar shells coming in (these were fired by the Free Syrian Army-Jabhat al Nusra-various others Arab rebel groups then positioned west of the town).

0:13-0:22 is the approach to the border gate. Streets in this area are deserted completely, though the eastern part of the city had a fair few people still.

0:22-0:32 is the walk from the border post to the last YPG (Kurdish militia) line which is currently about 50 meters to the west of the gate, running perpendicular to the border.

0:32-0:42 is the border, you can see the fence and everything (here a shot rings out), and this blown-through wall gives way to a little fighting position on a large clearing.

0:42-0:49 is the western wall of a large building overlooking this clearing.

0:50-0:59 is the walk across the clearing to the very last line. 1:00-1:06 is the climb up to the firing position.

Then in 1:07-1:12 a shot rings out, 1:13-1:23 we see the YPG dude aiming his rifle, then 1:23-1:37 we run back across the clearing.

1:38-1:51 we are entering the building overlooking the clearing. This building is full of snipers loking west over the clearing. 1:51-2:01 we see a sniper with an old bolt-action rifle.

2:02-2:06, a dude peeks over the sniper's head to see through his hole.

2:07-2:13, I peek over his head to see through the hole. The camera I think was on full zoom, those houses should about 500-800 meters out, and they are held by the Arab rebels.

2:14-2:32 is another sniper.

2:33-2:42 are two guys looking through a hole pondering tactical possibilities.

2:42-2:50 is spent ammunition cases on the floor.

2:51-2:55 is a tea can along with some other rubbish.

2:56-3:04 is some YPG dudes milling about in a building outside not far from the sniper's building.

3:05-3:25 is an interview with one of the commanders here, a woman, which I think is a nice little touch.

3:26-3:34 is a building in town, in the western part of the city.

3:35-3:45 is in a street close by.

3:46-3:53 is exactly the same place except looking at a different street and some sandbags.

3:54-to the end is just the street with some shots ringing out in the background.

The interview: "The fighting here began about 40 days ago. We are in our positions and we are fighting against these groups [referring to the enemy]. All our people are ready and we are going to clean our land, Rojava [western Kurdistan, that is to say the northeast of Syria], from these groups.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (3 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds in their twenties who have joined the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces). They control one of the many checkpoints on the road between Qamishlo and Derik.

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Deir Ezzor 5: Assault on Regime Airbase
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

Driving towards the airport frontlines. All planes and helicopters used to bomb the city are based here. For more than a month the Free Syrian Army has been trying to storm the airbase. Civilian buildings alongside the road have been abandoned and mostly destroyed.

Following Free Syrian Army rebels to the frontline. They hide their positions in fields and farm land. Landscape surrounding the airport of Deir Ezzor. A conquered regime position in the background. Free Syrian Army trench and sniper positions. One commander shows an empty AK-47 magazine. His troops are suffering heavily from ammunition shortage.

01:46 - 03:10
Rebels moving towards the airport walls. They shoot an improvised mortar round at enemy positions. In the background an oil well is burning. Most mortar rounds are build in improvised factories in Deir Ezzor.

03:10 - 05:18
Rebels assemble a Russian anti-tank rocket, fire it at government positions, then run for cover.

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Deir Ezzor, Syria (8 of 10)
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
11 Mar 2013

Rebels for the katiba Shuhaa Al Arfie in the Al Mouada Fin (District)

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Deir Ezzor, Syria (1 of 10)
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
11 Mar 2013

Rebels for the katiba Shuhaa Al Arfie in the Al Mouada Fin (District)

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 3
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Sunni fighters in Tripoli’s Bab al Tabbaneh prepare for possible night clashes against the Alawite militias based in Jabal Mohsen by checking weapons and loading magazine into their web gear, the night ended in sporadic sniper fire between the neighborhoods.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
23 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, rests at home after making a tattoo (December 2012). Her fingers are stained by mixing charcoal, water and sweet potato used for tattooing.

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Wildlife Crimes (44 of 47)
Bangkok, Thailand
By James Morgan
29 Oct 2012

A lady wears an Ivory necklace in Tha Phrachan market, Bangkok, Thailand. Ornamental ivory is valued for both spiritual and aesthetic reasons and fetches high prices.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON