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Inside the azov battalion 21
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

"Azov" fighters at the training grounds near Mariupol.

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Inside the azov battalion 23
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

"Azov" fighters patrol an area near the cathedral in Urzuf.

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Inside the azov battalion 24
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

"Azov" fighters patrol an area near the cathedral in Urzuf.

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Inside the azov battalion 22
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

"Azov" fighters at the training grounds near Mariupol.

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Inside the azov battalion 26
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

New arrivals of to "Azov" have fun during their spare time in battalion base in the Urzuf resort.

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Inside the azov battalion 27
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

New arrivals of to "Azov" have fun during their spare time in battalion base in the Urzuf resort.

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Inside the azov battalion 28
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
01 Oct 2014

The headquarters of the "Azov" battalion is located in an Urzuf resort in the southeast of Ukraine.

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Inside the azov battalion 03
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
30 Sep 2014

Dartanyan exercises on the "Azov" battalion base while his friend Roma takes a break from his watch.

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Inside the azov battalion 05
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
30 Sep 2014

An "Azov" fighter exercises during his down time on base.

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Inside the azov battalion 04
Urzuf, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
30 Sep 2014

"Azov" fighters exercise at their base in an Urzuf resort.

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Residents of Zakho Volunteer to Feed ...
Dahuk
By rsoufi
18 Aug 2014

August 18, 2014
Zakho, Iraq

Kurdish residents of Zakho, a Kurdish town in the Dohuk province on the Iraqi-Syrian border, are distributing food to Yazidi refugees from Sinjar. The residents launched a mobile kitchen that drives around the town providing daily meals to the Yazidi families that are taking refuge in schools and unfinished buildings.

Mahdi Mohamad, Volunteer cook:
This is a charity project, taken by the inhabitants of Zakho, since refugees are arriving here, we should welcome them and treat them well, concerning food and money and the government also helps.
Interviewer: we are now standing in a specific kitchen, can you explain to me who funds this place? does the government fund it, or a specific person
it is a specific person from Zakho, who does not have a goal other than helping people, he is doing bios duty and the government is doing its duty.

Samo Mto Ibrahim: Yazidi refugee:
According to what we heard after Yazidi's came to Zakho that there are people who are living in unfinished buildings, they do not have blankets, water or food.
what do you demand?
we demand for services to be provided, food, and shelter, and to build camps. we ask this from the central government to take care of the refugees and the government of Kurdstan.
You have been here for a few days, how many time per day do you get provided with meals?
we receive two meals, lunch and dinner, but if we want breakfast we pay for it.
do you have any money?
not everyone, only a few people, so people received a salary from Kurdstan, but other do not have money nor jobs.
how do those people manage?
well it is very hard, if it was not for the aid, they could not have survived.
how are the humanity concerned institutions are being able to reach to you?
not all of them are able to reach us, and their abilities are little.

Hassan Suleiman:
The situation here is tragic, we thank the inhabitants of Kurdstan who provided us with many services, however, we did not receive anything from any governmental institutions, even the humanity institutions were not able to provide much for us.
we thank the families of Zakho, who helped us, we thank the family of Hashem Taaribi, who provided lunch and dinner meals for over 2000 people in Zakho.
concerning the governmental institutions, they did not provide much and there are lots of people with a tragic situation who are staying in the street, with no food or shelter, or even money.

Khoieda Suleiman:
we did not receive any aid from the government, all the help we got was from the inhabitants, from institutions or governmental institutions, we did not receive anything.
we are provided with two meals everyday, for lunch and dinner. in this school there are 600-620 individuals, and almost 100 families, we are provided with food and beverages, the man is doing his best.
our situation is difficult, but ever since we came here, they have providing food for us, he is doing his best.
is the food he is providing enough for you?
well to be honest, concerning water, we do not have water, and he is maybe incapable of providing breakfast, but he is bringing lunch and dinner for us. our situation is better than what we are hearing about other people in Sinjar and other areas, we are much better until now, but still, the situation is hard, as you can see.
Interviewer: what do you demand from then government?
we demand them to find a solution for us, concerning Sinjar, nobody wishes to leave their town, neighbors, and home, but if we return to Sinjar, we will suffer, and we do not want our children to suffer the way we did.

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Balkan migrant route 14
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
25 Jul 2014

The population of Bogovadja has different opinions on the presence of the migrants. Some of them accuse the migrants of small robberies, others see them as an economic source. In the winter of 2014 the citizens, also supported by extreme right wing groups, made a demonstration in Bogovadja to ask for control and safety against the migrants. After some months the citizens have got used to their presence.

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Balkan migrant route 15
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
25 Jul 2014

The contacts with the taxi drivers who bring the migrants to the Hungarian borders take place at the cafes, one of which is at the begging of the wood and the other at the end of the wood, along the road which passes through the whole country. To reach the Hungarian borders the taxi drivers ask the migrants to pay from 50 to 300 Euros. Many drivers work for the immigration racket, others prefer to work alone with their customers.

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Balkan migrant route 12
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
24 Jul 2014

During the Ramadan groups of migrants meet in the wood in the evening to share the Iftar, the only allowed meal during the Ramadan. Each migrant shares with the others what he can afford. After the Iftar those who stay at the reception camps go back to the center, the others seek shelter in the wood.

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Balkan migrant route 13
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
24 Jul 2014

In the evening the migrants who do not stay in the reception camp go back to the wood in Bogovadja. S., a man from Sudan, was sent away from Macedonia, where he lived with his fiancée, due to legal problems and he is now trying to reach Europe to have a new life and start the legal steps to meet his son.

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Balkan migrant route 16
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
24 Jul 2014

Afghanistan and Syrian migrants wait for the taxi to go to collect the money from a bank which is at few kilometers from Bogovadja. The day after they will leave for the Hungarian borders with the help of a taxi driver for 50 Euros per person.

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Balkan migrant route 11
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
23 Jul 2014

The migrants on the Balkan route use the reception camps to rest before continuing their journeys. After signing some documents at the police office they can get a permission lasting for three days; after the three days they can either leave Serbia or ask for political asylum. Some centers offer legal support to start the requests.

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Balkan migrant route 10
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

Minors and families are admitted in the camp of Bogovadja. If the weather is bad some migrants, who are not accepted in the camp, are allowed to sleep under the portico to protect from the rain.

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Balkan migrant route 18
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

M., 20 years old, is North African but he declared to the authorities to be Syrian to be accepted by the reception camp and seek shelter in Europe as a refugee of the Syrian civil war.

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Balkan migrant route 19
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

An Iraqi refugee has been given hospitality by the center of Banja Koviljaca. After staying in the center for some years he applied for the political asylum in Serbia and got it. Anyway, he can neither expatriate nor ask to join his family in Serbia. He is stuck in this bureaucratic limbo and, in the meantime, he helps as cultural mediator the people working in the center.

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Balkan migrant route 20
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

S., 22 years old, has reached Serbia from Niger after three months and he is now waiting for some friends and relatives to get some money to continue his journey. Many migrants, especially if they are political refugees, fear to be recognized by the police and by the secret services of their origin countries and consequently fear possible retaliations on their families.

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Balkan migrant route 21
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

In the center of Banja Koviljaca, as in many others reception centers, the migrants can use the internet access and thus maintain the contacts with their friends and their families.

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Balkan migrant route 22
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

At Banja Koviljaca, at the border between Bosnia, Herzegovina and Serbia, the migrants are received in a center which was opened in 1991 to offer help during the Yugoslavian wars. In 2006 this center was renewed with the help of the UNHCR and of the INTERSOS and can now receive about 85 people.

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Balkan migrant route 23
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

The camp of Bogovadja accepts minors and families. The migrants who are not accepted by the center report that although there are available rooms the operators refuse to accept them even only to take a shower. The center director says that some rooms are kept free to eventually receive minors or families. The migrants also report that there were some cases of extortion and of request of sexual favors by the operators in exchange for hospitality in the center.

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Malakal, South Sudan
Malakal
By Gianuca Panella
10 Jul 2014

This month South Sudan hits the 3-year anniversary of its creation as a state, amidst war, poverty, and disease.

Since its civil war erupted in December, upwards of 80,000 civilians have fled to eight different UN camps across the country. In May, the UN warned that South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, was on the brink of genocide and famine. Recently, a cholera outbreak swept the country, further exacerbating the dire emergency situation. Over 1 million South Sudanese citizens have fled their homes in total.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Aimee Ansari, the South Sudan Country Director of CARE International, who has worked on humanitarian crises across the globe. “It is crisis on top of crisis here. There are no breaks.”

Last month, the rainy season began, complicating the transport and distribution of life-saving emergency aid across the country. International NGOs and their local partners are working around the clock, but the UN warns that only about 40% of their budget goals on the South Sudan crisis have been met.

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Civilians in Baghdad Prepare for the ...
Iraq – Baghdad
By Hasan N. Alhasson
16 Jun 2014

June 15, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Ordinary people in Baghdad prepare for the worst and rush to buy groceries and pharmaceuticals, causing prices to rise. ISIL has threatened to march on Baghdad as they expand their area of control in Iraq and this has sent Baghdad into a panic.

Shots for the video include:
• Different shots of people shopping at the food store • 1 shot of people standing in the pharmacy • Different shots of bakery workers • Different shots of a grocery store

Interviews:
-Ahmed 42 years old getting some food -Ahmed Hassan 65 years old, Pharmacist -Abu Laith 55 years old (owner of the bakery) -Citizen giving his opinion

Transcript:

Ahmed 42 buying food:
“In the meantime, things are a bit hard after ISIL, or as we say the “unwanted people” entered Mosul, so people are afraid especially with Ramadan coming up. Now we have two factors, Ramadan and the current situation, so the whole market has changed, the price of the food had increased and the price of vegetables had increased, so people are just afraid”.

Interviewer:
What are the precautions that you are intending to take?

Ahmed:
“Preparing the house with gas and the cars with fuel, and since the situation is not good, we need to prepare everything in the house, such as food, dry food. We pray that nothing bad happens but we still have to prepare. There is an increase in prices, especially in the price of flour, which increased from 25 to 35 Syrian Pounds. So there is an increase in prices, which also applies to sugar and margarine.”

Ahmed Hassan pharmacist 65:
“Concerning the situation in Baghdad, of course when people watch the news and TV channels, they will develop a reaction, and they will become careful, and we are a part of those people who live in Baghdad, Palestine Street. People come and buy things, and in my case, as a pharmacist, people come to buy medications that they use constantly. We try to provide all the medications they need and we try not to be similar to who we call the “war merchants” who increase the prices. We do not increase the prices because it is wrong, and ethically forbidden.”

Interviewer:
Do you have people coming in to buy first aid kits?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes the number of people who come in to buy first-aid kits has increased from what it was before.”

Interviewer:
Did you take any precautions concerning the increased demand for medications?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes I have taken precautions a few days earlier and I have spread the word that who ever needs any medication can come and knock on our door and we will try and provide them with the medication they need. My pharmacy is open and stays so until midnight.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any workers who stay in the pharmacy late at night in case some one needs help at 3 or 4 in the morning?

Ahmed Hassan
“Well I always say that if I leave the pharmacy they can always knock on the main door because the pharmacy is a part of my house, so they can always knock on the door and I will give them the medications they need. I also hand out phone numbers sometimes, that is all I can do.”

Abu Laith, 55
“My relatives bought this place but I think it is unnecessary, because nothing will happen and if anything does happen it will not stay for long, we know these situations by now, we live our entire lives is in this type of situation.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any children?

Abu Laith:
“I have four children.”

Interviewer:
What did you prepare for them in terms of food, is there an increase in prices, and how is the situation?

Abu Laith:
There is a bit of an increase in prices, but the issue is that people are stressed and afraid.”

Citizen:
“The situation here is the same, there is nothing, the situation is safe, see for yourself. In the afternoon, it gets a bit crowded to buy bread, and that is a situation that already exists in Iraq. The situation is safe and stable. There is not a crisis, the crowds you see waiting to get bread are always the same and even if a crisis occurs it will stay the same, people have taken precautions and the people of the area are cooperative and helpful.”

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Iraqi Army Battles ISIL in Fallujah
By mushtaq mohammed
13 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
Fallujah, Iraq

Video shows Iraqi army soldiers and vehicles in a military operation against The Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the Jurf al-Sakhar area on the outskirts of ISIL-held Fallujah.

Special Forces of the Iraqi army captured a number of local tribesmen fighting alongside with ISIL.

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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Forces in Kir...
By Nwenar Fatih
12 Jun 2014

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers at a former Iraqi Army base near Kirkuk on June 12, 2014

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The Greek return to the land 01
Pelion
By Emmanuel Haddad
09 Jun 2014

Dimitris, 32, spent his youth fighting against Greek police in the streets of Exarchia, Athens’ anarchist neighborhood. When the 16-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos was killed by an armed policeman in 2008, the whole city became inflamed. “For two month, I didn’t sleep; Athens looked like under a civil war. But I was mature enough to come here and start my life again. First I felt guilty towards my friends, but now I know that I took the right decision”, says the apple and olive producer in his field of apple trees in Pelion, a natural paradise in the north of Athens.