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"War is Our Way of Life": Chechens Jo...
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
15 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

The batallion seized a pro-Russian rebel in Shirokino for questioning. The hostage said that he was recently released from prison in Russia and was trying to reach his relatives in Ukraine. When crossing the border, he says he was grabbed by separatists and was recruited to fight with them against the Ukranians.

INTERVIEWS AND RAW FOOTAGE

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 01
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

DISCLAIMER: This footage was supplied by Chechen fighters.

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 02
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 03
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 05
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 06
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 07
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 08
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 09
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 10
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 11
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
14 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Akcakale Crossing 01
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrians stand near by the border and watch smoke from a U.S.-led airstrike rises over the outskirts of Tal Abyad town. An old man points out the smoke far away and tells us, “These are the international coalition bombings, and on the other side you can see ISIS shells.”

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Akcakale Crossing 02
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian woman from Raqqa takes part in a protest near by the Turkish border with the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to ask the Turkish authorities to open the border. "I have all my family in Tel Abyad, my father, mother, sisters and brothers all of them are under fire from all parties on the ground, ISIS, FSA, YPG and the international coalition," she said.

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Akcakale Crossing 03
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

People are waiting their relatives and Syrians to enter from Tal-Abyad to Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 04
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 05
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 06
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 07
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 08
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border into Turkey near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 09
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border into Turkey near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 10
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 11
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Turkish soldiers stand guard the border as the Syrian refugees wait for transportation before crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 12
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish policeman carries a Syrian baby while they are crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 13
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian man carries his baby while they are crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 14
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish soldier stands guard the border as the Syrian refugees wait for transportation before crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 15
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 16
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 17
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

"Bashar Al Assad is in Damascus, not in Tal-Abyad," said Fatima, a Syrian woman from Raqqa. "They should go there and fight against him in Damascus, instead of Tal-Abyad!”

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Akcakale Crossing 18
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

"There was a pregnant woman and she gave birth while she was waiting for the opening of the Turkish-Syrian border 4 days ago," Aysha, 60-year-old, Syrian woman from Raqqa who left Tal Abyad a week ago said.

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Akcakale Crossing 19
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian woman carries her child while she is crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrians stand near by the border and watching smoke from a U.S.-led airstrike rises over the outskirts of Tal Abyad. "The people fled Tal Abyad from the fighting between ISIS and YPG as there is progress to the Kurdish fighters and the international coalition airstrikes," one of the men says.

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian children are crossing the Turkish crossing border of Akcakale after they fled the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrians are crossing the Turkish border of Akcakale after they fled the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrians are crossing the Turkish border of Akcakale after they fled the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad. "The attacks started 2 weeks ago with airstrikes from the international coalition," a man said, flanked by his young son. "Then the Kurdish fighters side by side with factions of the FSA started fighting ISIS on the ground in order to reach center of Tel Abyad."

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian man carries his child as they arrive the Turkish border of Akcakale after they fled the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Chechen Fighters Interrogate Alleged ...
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
13 Jun 2015

DISCLAIMER: This footage was supplied by Chechen fighters.

Chechens soldiers fighting alongside Ukrainian nationalists seized a pro-Russian rebel in Shirokino for questioning. The hostage said that he was recently released from prison in Russia and was trying to reach his relatives in Ukraine. When crossing the border, he says he was grabbed by separatists and was recruited to fight with them against the Ukrainians.

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Global Refugee Crisis: The Worst Sinc...
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
11 Jun 2015

June 20 is World Refugee Day.

In 2014, global refugee numbers were higher than they have ever been since World War II. In 2015, the problem has only gotten worse.

There are currently over 50 million refugees in the world and more than %50 of them are children. Approximately half of the world's refugees are from just three countries: Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia.

The response to this massive international crisis has been limited, with most refugee aid programs desperately underfunded. Amnesty International has called the lack of robust international response "A Conspiracy of Neglect." With little help on the way, the future of the world's displaced remains uncertain.

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Syria: Battling Cancer in Besieged Gh...
Eastern Ghouta
By Jawad Arbini
10 Jun 2015

10 year old Ammar suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer that develops in infants and young children. Ammar lives with his family in the opposition-held area of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta. The residents of Eastern Ghouta have been surviving under extremely hard living conditions due to the ongoing siege imposed by the Assad regime's forces over the past two years.

In Dar al-Rahma, the only active cancer center operating in Eastern Ghouta, Dr. Wissam says that Ammar suffered sever emotional trauma, which was the primary cause of his neuroblastoma.

Ammar’s mother remembers when, nearly 3 years ago, heavy clashes and shelling erupted in the neighborhood where they reside. The clashes lasted for three hours and severely terrified Ammar. Since then the boy had suffered from fever and continuous sickness.

Dr. Wissam also stressed that with very little resources, Dar al-Rahma center is currently treating about 600 patients suffering from different types of cancer with an 11% death-rate.

Unfortunately, Transterra Media received a message on the night of Saturday, June 13, 2015 announcing the death of Ammar.

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  • (02:27) Um Ammar, Ammar’s mother (woman, Arabic):

Ammar was sitting at the balcony when shelling and clashes erupted, he was extremely terrified, since then he suffered from continuous fever and sickness. We took him to the doctor who examined him and found out that he has neuroblastoma. It’s a rare disease that infects one out of every 10,00 children, and the reason is emotional trauma. (02:50)

(02:51) Given that the area is besieged, how are you receiving Ammar’s medications? (02:58)

(02:58) The doctor gets part of them, but we were responsible to get the rest. There are also some medical tests that the doctor asks us to do, but we cannot send it for analysis in Damascus. This is an additional reason why his situation is relapsing, not being able to deliver the medical tests to Damascus. This made his recovery take more time. This led [Ammar] to loose his sight. We are hoping, but we don’t think he could get any better now (03:38).

(03:40) Under the siege, should Ammar follow a specific diet program? (03:45).

(03:46) The doctor says that half of the treatment is done through his diet program. Alhamdulillah we are doing all what we can. We cannot do anything more. Yes, he should follow a specific diet program, unlike other children (04:02).

  • Doctor Wissam, Doctor specialized in cancer diseases (woman, Arabic):

(04:24) At first, Ammar was diagnosed after he was suffered from a shock. He suffered from continuous sweating and fever, and he was later diagnosed with neuroblastoma. He started with this treatment and then had to stop it at the (name of the previous hospital) where he had already started the treatment, and came to continue the treatment here. When he got here, he was already in the recovery stage, but unfortunately, within two months, his situation relapsed dramatically due to a psychological trauma. We had to start a new treatment phase. One of the reasons why his treatment was delayed was the lack of the MRI Scanners. In addition of the lack of the medications, either because a delay in the supply or because of the hard situation to get the medications in Ghouta, we are trying at the moment to stay in contact with international organizations such as the Red Crescent or other organizations responsible for swelling diseases, perhaps Ammar has any chance [by getting the medications inside Ghouta]. (05:32).

(05:33) What are the efforts that this medical centre is doing under the siege? (05:40).

(05:41) At the moment we have more than 600 persons who are documented of having swelling diseases that are under treatment, and a percentage of 30% of recovery, and 10.5% of deaths. We are trying to give them the medications as much as possible, but we are facing some difficulties in doing so. The besiege and the diet factor are playing a negative role in the process, because it is known that the cancer patient needs a specific food diet program so that his body can bear the medications he is receiving. In addition of course to the negative psychological factor (06:22).

  • Heba, Nurse (woman, Arabic):

(08:16) Here’s a breast eradication with part of the other breast and some parts of the armpit.. we take samples of the armpit and sample of the breast to check how bad is the infection, we record it and we send it for the lab analysis.

  • Abu Khaled, Managing Director of Dar al-Rahma center (man, Arabic):

(08:29) Sometimes the patient comes and take the dose of the medications to make the swelling smaller. We are sometimes in need of a surgery, but unfortunately, most of the medical centers that do these surgeries stopped their operations. The reason is because their efforts are put only for the injured people. This reason sometimes plays a negative role in the recovery of the patients, because the patients who are not getting this surgery have their situation relapsed.

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Artisanal Gold Mining in Cameroon
Batouri, Bunduru Foro, Nairobi
By annamayumi
09 Jun 2015

Cameroon lies on the "gold belt" of West Africa, stretching from Mali through Ghana far into the continent. The eastern part bordering with the political instable Central African Republic is considered one of the most promising regions regarding gold and diamond resources. The business remains a poorly regulated one with hardly any official figures available on extraction or trade. Modern mining methods are under-utilised and foreign investors still to be drawn to the country. In more recent years international companies - mainly from France, China and Canada have shown increasing interest. With poor regulation of the sector and government prone for corruption this development is welcomed with careful scepticism. Illegal mining, land grabbing, and unlawfully accessed licences contribute to a bad image. 

Much of the gold extraction is conducted in artisanal mines. Families and villages jointly work together. Child labor is common, and numerous organizations have reported cases of parents taking their children out of school in order to support the family. 

Many of the informal mines are run by middle-men buying off the minerals (gold and diamonds) at low prices. But money issues are pressing and leave little room and/ or power for negotiation. A gram of 18 karat gold - the result of often multiple days of work goes for as little 10.000 XAF (about 15 Euros)

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TRAILER: Documentary on Tunisian Jiha...
Tunis
By darraji kerim
08 Jun 2015

This documentary film by International Pixel Productions tells the story of Tunisian jihadists who left to Syria to fight alongside ISIS.