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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Azov soldiers are digging near foxholes as the area is constantly hit by artillery fire. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldier came out of his bunker to talk on his cell during a lull in the fighting (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov battalion mortar team is preparing the rounds to be fired onto separatists positions. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov mortar team is taking a rest and eating during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov armor unit is resting during a lull in the fighting as their positions gets hit by artillery daily. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldier is bringing a CD player to his position during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A tired Azov soldier is taking a rest during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Azov troopers are using recreation to forget about the constant shelling of their position during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A lull in the fighting allows Azov troopers to emerge out of their bunkers. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldiers is observing separatists positions a mere 300 yards away form a trench. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A lull in the fighting allows Azov troopers to emerge out of their trenches. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 05
Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass soldier is texting on his cell phone from inside the old international airport. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass trooper is about to have his daily meal at the airport base. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 07
Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Meal time for the Donbass soldiers at the airport base. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Ukraine: Volunteer Battalions Active ...
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine.

With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. 

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Ukraine: Volunteer Battalions Active ...
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport, and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. 

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass volunteers are watching TV in their base inside the old international airport before returning to the front lines. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are resting inside their base at the old international Mariupol airport before returning to the front. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are resting inside their base at the old international Mariupol airport before returning to the front. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 04
Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are waiting at their base before returning to the front the following day. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Boats-full of Yemen Refugees Arrive i...
Djibouti
By Edouard Dufrasne
19 Apr 2015

People escape the ongoing conflict in Yemen, arriving by boat in Djibouti. US Ambassador to Djibouti Tom Kelly greets some as they arrive.

Among those arriving, several do not claim to seek refugee status, but say they are transiting to other destinations where they plan to meet family.

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Yemeni Refugees Seek Refuge in Djibouti
Djibouti
By Edouard Dufrasne
18 Apr 2015

Refugees fleeing the deadly conflict in Yemen seek refuge in Djibouti, ferried across the the Gulf of Aden by humanitarian workers and local ships. The UNHCR estimates that over 30,000 will end up in their camp in the north of Djibouti alone.

One refugee woman speaks of her journey, and how the current situation in the Middle East has forced her to move with her disabled husband and three children three times: from Aleppo where they all lived - now one of the areas of the fiercest fighting in Syria's civil war - to the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus - recently under attack both by Assad's forces and Islamic State militants - to Aden, where the ongoing conflict in Yemen once again displaced her family.

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Ukraine: Fragile Ceasefire Marred by ...
Shyrokyne
By Azad Safarov
18 Apr 2015

Ukrainian members of the Azov Batallion exchange machine gun fire with pro-Russian separatists on the Shyrokyne front line, near Mariupol in east Ukraine. Despite the recent ceasefire, firefights and shelling resume, amid fears that the fragile ceasefire is on the verge of breaking down. The commander of the battalion says that the situation in Shyrokyne is very unstable, as pro-Russian separatists continue to fire machine guns and mortars towards their positions.

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The Horror of War - Somalia
Lafole, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Apr 2015

A Medic sees the fireball followed by thick billowing smoke from a helicopter heading south from Mogadishu. As she calls it in the incident has already been reported to HQ and an AMISOM Quick Reaction Force has been mobilized. The convoy moves aggressively through the congested streets of Mogadishu heading out of the capital towards Lafole 20 kilometres away. We reach the site of the incident 50 minutes after an Al Shabaab operative detonated his car bomb. The suicide bomber was targeting an AMISOM Armoured Personnel Carrier, which was scorched and incapacitated, but otherwise fine, and all the passengers could exit the vehicle by own means. This was, however, not the case for the two civilian minibuses located on the other side of the car bomb as it detonated. When we arrive the wrecks of the two busses are still smoldering, while cans of food litter the surrounding area some having exploded spilling their mangy content due to the intense heat. One mini bus has been sent 20 meters off the road by the explosion and is left as a burning wreck, while the charred bodies and interior continue to smolder. Next to the bus lies the remains of a woman, whose white teeth are clearly visible in the charred face, as she lies half covered in car parts with her hands up to protect her face. At her feet lies another body, this one of a man whose skin has been burned clear off lying entangled in the remains of the bus half way out of the passenger cabin. Inside the cabin are the remains of at least six people of which at least four were children. The remains are too small to be adults. In the back of the burned out bus sits the remains of a child, where only the top of the torso is left. The top of the skull has been sawn clean off and lies below the seat. Another body lies on a seat and consists of a very small skull and a small pile of ashes. A third is nothing but a charred skeleton entangled with the remains of the interior of the bus. The smell of burned meat and rubber is heavy and sickening and lingers over the entire area. A bit of charred meat and bloody clothes lie on the ground some 30 meters away. Back on the road the other bus is left a short distance down the road. The bus was mostly hit from behind and was luckily not a passenger bus, but carried provisions. Next to it lies the remains of the suicide bombers vehicle, which by now is nothing more than unrecognizable junk. Spectators move about and inspect the scene of destruction. Death fascinates. The body of the woman outside of the first bus is photographed and inspected. An older Somali man uses his cane to point out the remains of a child to another man. Others stand around and watch. Covering their noses and mouths to avoid the stench. More photos are taken. Some take selfies. I photograph it all. The spectacle is terribly and tragic. At least 12 were killed and 27 injured. All civilians. Statistics in the real world.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
16 Apr 2015

Yellow circles warn drivers of unexploded mortars on the road to Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Victor carries stones across town in his motorcycle to repair his house.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Flowers in a windowsill seem to have survived the devastation left behind in the ongoing conflict.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Everywhere you look in Nikishyne, the same panorama persists: destroyed homes of people struggling to rebuild their lives.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

A bullet hole in a steel fence was made from the inside, proof that fighters brought the battle into private homes.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Clothes left over or people of this house came back. Was totally empty when I was there.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

People left many personal belongings behind when they were forced to flee the fighting.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

An MRO Russian rocket launcher lies abandoned. The writing on the side reads, "Friends will be friends. Call for assault on Kiev."

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri sits in front of his house in Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas Vlach, the emergency coordinator of "People in Need," looks for available materials needed to repair homes.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri, holds a photo of his house before the conflict destroyed it and most of his posessions.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas lends a helping hand to his neighbour Tatiana, who lost her home in the conflict.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

"They dug a trench and used Tatiana's house as a fighting position. What can we do?" Tomas said.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas collects evidence for "People in Need."

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas helps Victor to move his old motorcycle out of the yard so he can get more sand for Tatiana's repairs.

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Syrian Kurds Seek Refuge in Istanbul
Istanbul
By Arianna Pagani
14 Apr 2015

After the outbreak of war in Syria in 2012, a large part of the Kurdish population of Rojava in Syrian Kurdistan has sought shelter in Turkey. Many of these refugees passed at first through refugee camps in eastern Turkey and left due to the harsh conditions. Others succeeded to enter Turkey otherwise and to make their own way to major cities. The situation for refugees in Istanbul shows two distinct tendencies. For Syrians, refugees of war are given what is called "temporary protection," which involves more help from the government, while for Kurds, the government of Turkey offers what it calls "temporary asylum." 

In a wide spectrum of refugees with greater or lesser economic capacity, some have found accommodation in neighborhoods with Kurdish communities already present, while other parts of the refugee community have been forced to squat abandoned buildings. To start the asylum process requires an application to the Turkish government and a separate one to the UNHCR (for recognition of refugee status), however some do not posess the necessary identification to even begin. A high percentage of refugees in Istanbul arrived in the city directly from the refugee camps along the Turkey-Syria border. They have less opportunities and greater chances of being arrested by the authorities and being sent back to the camps.

People living in the poorest neighborhoods, such as Tarlablaşı, which extends nearly down to the main tourist streets of the city of Istanbul, are now confronted with a new restructuring plan implemented by the government of Prime Minister Erdogan. The continuous flow of refugees who come to Turkey from Syria, and the difficulties Kurdish refugees face in being recognized as asylum seekers by the Turkish government indicate a situation that is far from ending.