Thumb sm
"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

This Israeli settlement just above the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin. The sewage water of the settlement discharges directly on land of the Palestinian farmers, ruining the harvest and natural springs.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The entrance of one of the two old schools in Lifta. Now, people come to the village to cool down and often use the schools to have a barbecue. The remnants of charcoal from a barbecue can be seen on the right.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Marina El-Ghoul is a Palestinian from Gaza. Her family fled when she was 2 and she has been raised in the United States. She is about to go to Gaza again for the fist time to work there as an emergency responser. When she heard about the story of Lifta, she came down to the village and posed for a photograph to support the right to return. Written arabic on the wall: "Lifta is ours. We will come back".

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A stone from the doorframe has been removed from one of Lifta's old houses. Regardless of the Israeli government's plan to demolish the village, Lifta is still endangered because people come to steal pieces of stone and floor tiles that are too expensive on the market.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September 16, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel

Jalal was born in Lifta. When he was 12, he had to leave the village with his family. He lived in the upper part of Lifta. His childhood home was demolished a long time ago to make room for an administrative building instead. He used to take his boys to Lifta, "to let them know it is their land". He says, "We have the right to be there. It is my land. It is not fair to bring other people from all over the world to my home. I want the right to return". The village of Lifta is situated in a rugged valley and is difficult to access. Therefore, Jalal cannot visit the village anymore.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Young Israelis bathing in the former spring of Lifta.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1959, Israel considered Lifta a "national reserve". Since 1967, the Israeli army has been using the village for military exercises because the environment and rough, hilly terrain are similar to Lebanon. This also contributes to the continuing damage done to the village.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A verse from a poem by Palestnian poet Mahmoud Darwish graffitied on a wall inside one of the old homes in Lifta. The verse reads, "This land deserves life."

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A legend says that in the 1970's, Israeli art students rushed to the village because they had heard that the government was about to give it houses away for a very cheap price in order to turn it into an artists colony. Each student chose a house and painted his or her name on the wall outside. Here then name 'Gershtein', is written in big black letters, along with the date the date (here 30.05.7), and the word 'taken' to the left of date. The national archives are not accessible regarding this issue, so it is impossible to find out if the story has some truth to it or not.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Partial view of Lifta from an old house surrounded by barbed wire. The municipal council of Jerusalem said the barbed wire is a safety precaution used to keep people from entering what is said to be the unstable structure of the house.

However, some Palestinians feel the barbed wire is used to keep people from visiting the old houses.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 08
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Jogodish Borua, 65, lost his land and his house to river erosion.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 09
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Abdul Aziz, who lost his home to erosion along the banks of the river, takes a bath in the Padma.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 15
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A fisherman and a local villager cross paths on the banks of the river Padma.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 20
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

The situation is especially severe for children. A woman and child have been displaced along with other members of their neighborhood who also lost their homes.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 06
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A man walks through the ruins of a house damaged by river erosion.

Thumb sm
Climate change bangladesh 14
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A boy plays on the banks of the river Padma in a spot where there once sat family homes.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The natural spring of the village is now a place where youth come to bath. Most of people who come to Lifta to enjoy the spring or the peaceful environment are Israeli. Here, a young Palestinian relaxes alone on the edge of the water.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

On a sign giving directions to the village, the Arabic writing of "Lifta" has scratched out of the sign.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In one of the remaining houses of Lifta, a young Israeli woman comes to have a picnic. She knows nothing about the village's story. On the wall, written in Arabic is the slogan, "Lifta is ours, we will come back".

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

An Israeli family enjoys a picnic in Lifta. When asked, they do not know about the story of the village. Only the youngest daughter, who did not want to appear in the photograph, mentioned that it was a Palestinian village. She said that the Palestinian people had to leave in order to give their homes to Jewish people, and that they are now asking for the right to return. Baffled by the story the mother asked, "But why can't they return?".

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In the village, "Palestine" written in Arabic on the leaf of a prickly pear tree.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1948, Jewish people, mostly from Yemen, arrived in Lifta to live in the Palestinian village. After leaving their lives in the countries of origin, they were disappointed with what they found in Lifta; a small, remote village, with little infrastructure.

At the end of 1964, when they saw Asheknazi Jews (Jews of European descent) living in nice "luxury" houses, the Jews of Lifta protested. In 1965, the government provided them with housing in Jerusalem. They were so happy to leave the village that they blew up the roofs of every house to ensure nobody will ever return.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Ilan Shtayer is an Israeli Jew. He is a member of the association "Save Lifta" and fights for the preservation of the village. He is also a former fighter in the Israeli army and is now a member of "Combatants for Peace", an Israeli-Palestinian organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who demand an end to the occupation of Palestinian land.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Before 1948, the village of Lifta had 500 houses with about 3.000 inhabitants. Half of them were in the upper part of the village, the other half in the lower part, which still remains. The upper part has already been demolished. On the left, the center, and the right of the photograph, three old houses from the former upper part of Lifta are still visible.

Thumb sm
Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

One of the four olive presses used by the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta. The family probably lived on the second floor.

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – A class of Nesin Mathematics Village during a screening of Hollywood classic movie “12 Angry Men” (1957). The movie is used to teach logic get students thinking about how they strategically think of mathematical problems. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Two tired students sleep on their desks during a class in the library hall of Nesin Mathematics Village.The rhythms are very intense in the Village and students seldom indulge in night life out of the Village. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Eda, a 22 year old student from Kocaeli University in Izmit, gets ready for a class in the library hall of Nesin Mathematics Village. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Basque volunteers Miren (Left) and Alex (Right) prepare a “Tortilla Vasca”, a “Basque omelette” in the kitchen of Nesin Mathematics Village. Miren and Alex, along with two other friends, are staying at Nesin for two weeks as part of a working holiday. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Two students of Nesin Mathematics Village review problems during a break from the classes. One of the primary goals of the Village’s founders is to create a tranquil environment that is different from the hustle and bustle of traditional universities. A peaceful environment, surrounded by nature and free of the noise of city life is believed to optimize ones ability to study mathematics. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – “We play chess during breaks because we can have fun without switching off our Mathematical reasoning”, explains a student as he chooses his next chess move. Every facet of life at Nesin is designed to nurture the brain in a way that will further one's ability to be an effective mathematician. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – A young student of Nesin Mathematics Village rests by an inscription listing all sponsors and donors who helped funding the Village. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – A student of the Nesin Mathematics Village reads Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic "The Little Prince", while resting on a hammock outside her dorm. “I’ve read it already, but re-reading ‘The Little Prince’ in this atmosphere makes it feel more meaningful”, explains this student. Most students at Nesin take enthusiastically to the idea that maximizing one's ability to study math involves gearing one's entire lifestyle to create a state of mind conducive to mathematics. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Housekeeping time at Nesin Mathematics Village: every group of students is guided by their older “leader” and they form cleaning teams for different areas of the Village. For cultural reasons, many Turkish students are not used to house and yard work and many of them get their first experience with these tasks at Nesin. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Eda (2nd from right), a 22 year old Mathematics student from Kocaeli University in Izmit, cleans beans for the kitchen with her group of junior students of Nesin Mathematics Village. For many Turkish students who are used to traditional home lives, Nesin is also their first exposure to cooking and food preparation. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village 1
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Sibel (Left), a 16 year old high school student from Kocaeli, cuts onions for the kitchen with another student of Nesin Mathematics Village. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Housekeeping time at Nesin Mathematics Village: a group of students is handed soaps and sponges by their older “leader” after the briefing. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Gökçe (Left) and Cihan (Right), a student couple from Ankara, get ready after a nap in their tent at Nesin Mathematics Village. In spite of angry rhetoric from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against mixed dorms, including accusations that they are the cradle of “terrorism and prostitution”, couples in the village can live together, as long as they are over 18 and in private accommodations like tents. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

Thumb sm
The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
29 Aug 2014

Şirince, Turkey – “I love being here and living by myself. However, the boys are giving their clothes to us, asking us to iron them. They make me feel like a housewife, asking me [to do] everything, except taking care of children. But there are no children [here], except them. The boys are still so... not mature!” exclaims Sibel, a frustrated 16 year old high school student from Kocaeli. (Photo by Piero Castellano)