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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

A girl prays during a morning school assembly at her primary school in the village Sijban, Swat Valley, Afghanistan.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana, the school's headmistress, with her students. Khanadana helped save the school from destruction at hands of Taliban during their short rule.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana along with her husband resisted pressure from Taliban to stop teaching at the girls school during their rule. She refused to give in to the threats and continued her work.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana in her office in girls primary school in village Sijban, Swat. Gul Khandana resisted the effort by local Taliban to burn down the girls school.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana with her students in a classroom. The Sijban girls primary school was saved from Taliban by Gul Khandana as she refused to let them destroy it.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana teaches at Sijban girls primary school in Swat Valley.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Headmistress Gul Khandana teaches a class. The school provides education at the primary level, however Gul would like the government to upgrade it to a middle category of schooling due to a rising demand for girls education.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana interacts with her student at a girls primary school in Sijban.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana teaches at Sijban girls primary school in Swat Valley. The school was saved by destruction by Gul Khandana when Taliban threatened to burn it down.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Gul Khandana teaches at Sijban girls primary school in Swat Valley. The school was damaged during the military operation even though it survived the Taliban rule.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

A view from inside Sijban girls primary school in Swat Valley. The school was saved by destruction by Gul Khandana when Taliban threatened to burn it down.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Girls sing in Sijban primary school in Swat Valley Pakistan.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Girls at Sijban primary school in the Swat Valley. The valley was under Taliban rule for a short time before the Pakistani army took over.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

Swat valley was very popular with local and foreign tourists before the Taliban takeover. Although peace was restored in the area, foreigners are still not advised to visit without permission of the Pakistani army, who continue to have a strong military presence in the valley four years after the operation.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Talib...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

The Swat valley is famous for its orchards and beautiful weather. The valley was off limits to any tourists during Taliban rule.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 Mar 2012

The Swat valley is returning to normalcy after two long years of turbulence at the hands of the Taliban.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat Valley, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 Mar 2012

A girl prays during the morning school assembly in a small village called Sijban, deep in the Swat Valley. Gul Khandana, a school teacher, helped save the school from the destruction during the Taliban's short rule, during which they attempted to burn it down.

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat Valley, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 Mar 2012

Headmistress Gul Khandana prays with her students during the morning assembly in Sijban, a village deep in the Swat Valley. The village and school were threatened by violence from the Taliban during their short rule.

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Mesketians return to Abastumani
Abastumani, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
01 Nov 2011

Alikhan Kuradze (at the wheel), 76, is taking help from the villagers to move to his new house in Abastumani, the village he was deported from to Central Asia in 1944.

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Mesketians move to Abastumani
Abastumani, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
01 Nov 2011

Alikhan Kuradze (at the wheel), 76, is taking help from the villagers to move to his new house in Abastumani, the village from where he was deported to Central Asia in 1944.

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Abastumani Meskhetian
Abastumani, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
31 Mar 2011

Ali Mekhriev in his garden in Abastumani. Ali was among the first to return to the village from where his father was deported in 1944. Ali says that his father had always told him that their family would one day return to Georgia. However, the return to Abastumani turned out to be not as smooth as one would have hoped for: the family home had long been leveled, and the locals gave them a rather cold and suspicious reception. Building peace with the Abastumani’s Christian community took a few years, and it did not come easy. “We have a perfect relationship now,” says Ali. “What really matters is the kind of person you are: if you are a reasonable person, you won’t have problems with others.”

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A Story of Courage, Saved from Taliba...
Swat Valley, Pakistan
By U.S. Editor
15 Feb 2011

School teacher Gul Khandera’s stubborn resistance to the Taliban has made her a heroine in her hometown of Siljbon, and a voice for girls' education rights in Pakistan. The school where Gul Khandera was teaching, which also happens to be the school where Gul herself was educated, was threatened by the Taliban because it had female students.
Gul Khandera's refusal to comply with the Taliban's demands made her a personal target, forcing her to move to Mardan. When the Taliban were ousted from Swat, Gul returned and was relieved to see that her school had not been destroyed. Now a considered a hero, Gul has become headmaster of the school and is working to re-establish education for girls in the Swat Valley.

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Saharawi Child
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
06 Jan 2011

A Saharawi Child stands in font of February 27 camp, her home since birth.

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Smara Refugee Camp
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
19 Dec 2010

Samra is the largest of the camps and is home to over 40,000 people.

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The Light In The Cave (Subtitles)
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
24 Sep 2010

This film features the story of the filmmaker, Suleiman Amanzad, who survived the genocide of the residents of Bamyan province in central Afghanistan by the Taliban in 1999. The filmmaker was four years old when the Taliban captured their village and began massacring people.

His family and other villagers hid themselves in a cave near the village, and this is how they survived the genocide. After that the family of the filmmaker move to Kabul, where Suleiman gets a chance to go to school. He also gets a scholarship from the US Embassy of Kabul and attends one year of high school in the United States.

The film is eight minutes long.

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The Last Village
Bohoniki, Poland
By Kirk Ellingham
01 Mar 2010

Muslim Tartars in Poland

Bohoniki is a peaceful little village not far from Sokolka in the east of Poland,it is the last Tartar village before Belarus; maybe also the last of its kind.
There is no doubt that few people would have heard about it be it not for one fact: it was in this area that, in 1679, thirty Tatar soldiers were granted land for their faithful service to the Polish King Jan III Sobieski. A Tatar lady, who takes care of the Mosque, does not fail to stress that it was a reward for their valour in battle. Other sources simply say that the King was in financial straits and presented the land to his Tatar soldiers in lieu of due pay.
There are now only three Tatar families living in Bohoniki, but, considering that the village does not comprise more than thirty houses altogether, they make up about a fifth of the local population. And it is their Mosque that makes the village famous and attracts visitors from all over Poland and abroad.
Eugenia Radkieicz is the Mosque caretaker and you catch her dashing across the empty street to the small wooden Mosque when a tour bus arrives to conduct her lecture on the history of Bohoniki for groups of Polish schoolchildren.

The few families that remain are mostly elderly or sick, Evelina's father is bedridden and suffers from a Liver complaint. She takes care of the animials now and her mother worries about her future, as she must take care of them both when she gets older.
Many of the other family members are alone with their children working in cities as far afield as London to Riad.
Mrs Koztowska's son is in Spain and her elder son just returned from London, she cares for her blind husband who was injured as a boy by a German shell during World War II.
The community is still strong, the Iman comes in from Bialystock once a week for friday prayers and they are trying to set up a Religouse School in nearby Sokolka.
The village is changing though,as the young leave for foreign cities the old are left behind, but they have survived for 400 years in Poland , so they will survive still, by struggling and adapting.
The large Muslim cementary on the wooded hill just outside the village is proof of their endurance and intergration; with its Slavanised surnames and Muslim Crescents.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (11 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

A young child looks out of the poorly constructed house with woods in floating village in Tonle Sap lake, one of areas suffer severe poverty.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (15 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

A women stands outside of the house made with wood having rain leak in floating village Tonle Sap lake, one of areas suffer severe poverty.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (17 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

Children in floating village at Tonle Sap lake, one of areas where suffer severe poverty.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (2 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

Children look out from a poorly constructed with wooden flame house that has water leak during rain in a village near Siem Reap.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (1 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

A poorly constructed with wood is seen in a village by Tonle Sap lake, one of areas that suffer severe poverty.

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Moroccan Cats
Marrakesh, Morocco
By MediaMikeDC
21 Feb 2007

Two cats laying in the sun in a village in the Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakesh, Morocco.