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Easter Celebration in conflict Zone I...
Kramatorsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
14 Apr 2015

Liberated Kramatorsk residents celebrate Easter during an open air event.
Kramatorsk is still in the conflict zone in Ukraine and just to remind the city was heavily shelled with Russian MRLS BM9K58 Tornado by Russian mercenaries just two month ago during another day (on Feb 10 2015).
More materials: http://empr.media/news/kramatorsk-shelled-with-russian-missiles-1-civilian-killed-6-wounded
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/shelling-of-kramatorsk-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/kramatorsk-shelled-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/unexploded-russian-tornado-missile-at-kids-playground-in-kramatorsk
https://youtu.be/SFFFL36NKb4
Young and old people now are tired from warfare during a year of Russian military invasion into Ukraine and are glad to celebrate the spring coming.
Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Demonstration in Berlin to "Save" Yar...
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists gather before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin to call for humanitarian intervention to support Palestinians and Syrians trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, under the attack of the Islamic State and the Syrian regime, activists claim.

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Colonel Claude Mademba
Nimes
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Colonel Mademba fought in North Africa and Italy with British and French forces as an infantryman against German forces.

"On May 5th 1945, I fired my last shell from my Sherman tank at Hitler's Berghof complex," he said.

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Lahcen Majid
Saint Remi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Lahcen Majid fought as an infantrymen in Italy as part of a Moroccan outfit attached to Free French forces, against the German army.

"On May 11th 1944, right before the last major push for Monte Cassino, I saw the entire countryside light up with an artillery barrage," he said. "By 2:00 a.m. hundreds of Allied soldiers were already arriving at our hospital to be treated."

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Joel D. Pasado
Los Angeles, CA
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Joel D. Pasado was a rebel fighter in the Philippines against Japanese forces.

"We surrounded the hospital," he said. "The defenders fought hard, as they had to fight room to room throwing grenades and using bayonets. On one occasion I stormed a room filled with Japanese soldiers. One tried to stab me, but was shot by one of my soldiers and was killed. He saved my life."

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 01
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist demonstrates in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to call for a humanitarian intervention to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 02
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists holding signs in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 03
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists preparing signs to be hold at the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 04
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 05
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin holding signs to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the UNHCR office in Berlin during a demostration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 08
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist places a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 09
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign accusing the United Nations of inaction in relation to the sitiation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 10
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists standing in half circle during the demostration in support of a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 16
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Two activists hold signs to rise awareness of the current situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp next to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 11
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in support of the Palestinians living in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 12
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign during a demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damscus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 13
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line near to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin during a demonstration to call for a humanitarian support in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 14
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist writes a sentence on a sign during the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp.

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Portrait of a Generation: WWII Vetera...
New York City, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
07 Apr 2015

The Second World War was fought by an entire generation of men from more than 60 nations. Americans, Canadians, Russian, British, Chinese, South Africans and many others fought the Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Slovaks and more, all were embroiled in a war which killed over 50 millions soldiers and civilians alike, making this conflict the bloodiest in Human history. The 1921/22-generation is today often known as a sacrificed generation, which fought for a various array of beliefs all intertwined in self-sacrifice and honor. In Germany alone 5.2 million soldiers were killed or missing in battle in a six-year period, Japan lost over 2 million men in combat, while the United States suffered 409 thousand men killed in action. However Russia holds the morbid record, with more than 10 million killed between 1941 and 1945. These astounding numbers show the brutality in which this war was fought in the air, on land and in the seas.

As a journalist, always in search for a certain historical truth within today’s framework, the stories of each of these men interviewed and photographed is a treasure of human perseverance. The project contains no pretense to judge or criticize the actions or decisions taken by these men, but it is rather a recollection of a period drastically different from ours. Their testimony is relevant in a historical sense, which should not be lost in time, as the next generations to come can and should learn from this generation.

The project itself differs from other veteran type shoots, in the sense that it tries to combine so many different nationalities. This combination was hard to achieve. It took no less than 5 years and travels to over 12 countries to meet, photograph, and interview these men. As a photojournalist, it was not only the photo shoot that was interesting, but also the search to meet these veterans, especially the ex Waffen SS and the foreign elements who fought within its ranks; and the more obscure nationalities who fought alongside major powers, like Croatians or Senegalese.

The photography project deals with as many nationalities as possible, for the simple reason that many nations were involved in the fighting. So far I have photographed Germans, Russians, Armenians, Karabastis, French, Belgium, Poles, Americans, Nepalese, Croatian, Czechs, Latvians, Japanese Americans, Pilipino, Hungarians and more…, which includes 221 men from 59 different nationalities.  Each man is interviewed on his experience through out the war. The goal of this project is to reunite as many veterans as possible from most of the nations involved in the Second World War.

FULL ARTICLE AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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School in Ibb Hit in Saudi Airstrikes
Ibb
By Wahib Mashrah
07 Apr 2015

April 7, 2015
Ibb, Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit al-Sabtain school resulting in the death of two students. Allegedly the airstrikes were targeting the Hamza Military Base, located nearby.

The video shows the aftermath of the airstrikes, and an interview with a school boy named Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi who is lying on a hospital bed. Mohammad says that his arm has been amputated.

TRANSCRIPT:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi, Injured Student

Interviewer: Tell us what happened with you.
Injured student: "We were at school, studying, when the explosions hit the base. As soon as we heard the sound of explosions, we went out to the schoolyard. When we heard the second explosion, we fled the school. We were caught by surprise when explosion took place outside the school. I suddenly realized that I was the hospital and my arm was amputated. They told us that two students were killed and that I was taken with another student to the hospital. I do not know anything else.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Injured student: Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi”

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Kashmir's Shiites Protest Yemen Airst...
Srinagar
By Umar Mehraj
03 Apr 2015

Dozens of Shiite Muslim protesters marched through the city of Srinagar in Indian administered Kashmir on Friday April 3, 2015 to demonstrate against the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. The Protesters chanted anti-America and Israel slogans.

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Interview with a Young Ukrainian
Krakow
By tobiasero
03 Apr 2015

Victoria is a young Ukrainian girl who moved to Poland in order to begin her studies. She speaks about the situation in Ukraine; her father is part of the Ukrainian military, injured during the fight with pro-Russian separatists.

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Ukrainian Military Employs Handcrafte...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Ukrainian forces build custom armored personnel carriers for use on the frontlines of the ongoing conflict.

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Ukraine Front Lines: No Ceasefire, Mi...
Tonen'ke, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Footage and interviews from Ukraine front lines.

Despite a ceasefire brokered in Minsk between Russia and Ukraine and the pulling back of heavy artillery on both sides, warfare doesn't stop in eastern Ukraine. Russian proxies and regular army continue shelling at Ukrainian forces' positions on daily basis. In the meantime, UA president Poroshenko announced UA volunteer battalions withdrawal from the front lines in eastern Ukraine. Soldiers of the regular UA army fear this decision will turn to many death among UA soldiers that remain to serve there: "The enemy is strong and UA must ensure even stronger defense instead of withdrawal". The following three stories aim to highlight:
1) Who is really supports UA army;
2) What challenges UA soldiers face on the front lines;
3) Why UA soldiers think UA president Poroshenko's decision on "withdrawal" from the front lines is wrong

We have heard and read a lot about volunteers providing food, medical supplies, and other essentials for the Ukrainian soldiers at the front. At the same time the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and government officials have claimed that the government is doing its job in supplying the soldiers with everything they need. EMPR has decided to see for ourselves how things stand in regard to how well the soldiers in the battle zone in eastern Ukraine are being taken care of. In our search for the truth and to bring our readers a firsthand account our correspondent spent two days with a volunteer group in the Donetsk oblast. We want to share with our readers the remarkable, unique system the volunteers have worked out to provide aid to the patriots of Ukraine who with their strength of spirit, desire for justice and often with their own lives are defending our land from the Russian invaders.
Meet the charitable organization "Mother's Watch" in Kyiv. Here volunteers collect aid for the Ukrainian soldiers. Here protective camouflage nets are made, bread and cakes and meat pies are baked, stuffed dumplings and meat balls are cooked, and soup and borshch ingredients are dehydrated. This is where our journey accompanying the volunteers from the "Association of Ukrainian Veterans of Afghanistan" begins. The group of veterans delivers the goods to the soldiers at the front.
We leave Kyiv at night and by morning we arrive in Donetsk oblast. Our first stop is a small village where 11 divisions of a mechanized infantry battalion are based. Here we leave half of the goods. The battalion has been here for three months already. They are tired. And waiting for their rotation to end. Next we're off to the see the "Right Sector."

Story #1
Music is in the air as volunteers from the organization "Mother's Watch" weave camouflage nets for the soldiers and sing their hearts out. Soon the vans arrive. Food, water, and other essentials are loaded into the vans. By the next morning the vans are at the front. They are unloaded and the goods are distributed among the soldiers. The soldiers tell us that if the volunteers did not bring them the supplies they need the army would not be able to keep going for more than two weeks.

Story #2
The soldiers of the Ukrainian Army share with the volunteers all the ceasefire violations the opponent has committed, the problems within the army, and their thoughts on how and by whom Ukraine could be helped in the war against Russian aggression.

Story #3
In February, 2015, Andrei Hrachev, a combat doctor with the 93 Battalion together with other soldiers addressed an appeal to the President of Ukraine in which they called on the president to bring order to the country, to get rid of corruption, and to fulfill the pre-election promises. The appeal was full of obscene language but it hit record highs in popularity. Andrei Hrachev became an Internet star. In March, 2015 Petro Poroshenko issued an order that the volunteer battalions Right Sector and OUN must either become a part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or leave the battle zone. Here is Andrei Hrachev's response to the President's order.

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South Sudan Child Refugees 03
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Achol Gurech Nyok, 24, from Jonglei state (Bor town) in South Sudan, hangs clothing. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. Achol and five family members fled after the area where they lived was attacked by rebels in January 2014. "We left running with nothing - we didn't even have time to pack food." It took them two weeks to reach Adjumani, Uganda. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) flew them from Jongelei state to Juba and then put them on a bus to Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese refugees wait in line to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 06
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Makal Mawut Abour, 14, from Jonglei state, stands in the entrance of a church (under construction) observing a crowd of fellow refugees waiting to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 07
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A crowd of South Sudanese refugees wait to receive aid at a distribution site. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 09
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Several South Sudanese boys play a game using bottle caps and rocks they call "End." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 10
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Mary Agok Hida, 27, makes porridge for her family; it's a family of two wives, their husband and nine children. They're from Jonglei state (Twic East County). After being forced to flee because of the war the family of 12 arrived in Uganda in January 2014. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 12
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Children of South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country as a result of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 13
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Young South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country because of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." Once a week they don their best clothing for this social event. However it's not unusual to find children (such as the girl on the right) who have only badly worn or few items of clothing. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 14
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Regina Aker, 11, center, from Malakal state in South Sudan, picks up debris on the grounds of her home. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 15
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 16
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 17
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese children play a game called "Father or Mother," which involves hopping around a grid. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 18
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 19
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 27, 2014 - Bor County (Kondai Village - Makuach Payam), South Sudan - Wal Garang Dhiek, 42, (background - second from right) uses a stick embedded with a stone to keep birds from feasting on his sorghum field, as his family relax (left-to-right: his mother Nyaroor Kok Ajok, 70, wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25, holding their son Nhial Wal Garang, 7-months, a young neighbor and his son Bil Wal Adhik, 5). Thousand of South Sudanese from this region became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. The following is an interview with Wal Garang Dhiek, 42 and his wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25: Please describe your current situation and the reasons for it. Mr. Dhiek: Life was good prior to the crisis but currently it is not as good. We used to have eight cows and twelve goats; all were stolen by the rebels. The children depended upon the milk from the cows. What is the hardest? Mrs. Piel: Illness is the hardest. The children fall sick and there is no money to see a doctor; they must recover at home. Currently both the baby and my husband's mother are sick. We think the baby may have malaria. His mother is having problems with her back. How has the conflict and the violence affected you and your family? Mr. Dhiek: We had to travel far to seek safety; we fled to Mathinag Island and stayed for three months. We suffered hunger and our barn was burned. The rebels killed my brother who was a soldier. What are your biggest needs at the moment? Mrs. Piel: We need help with the sickness. We can't afford money for medicine. The children need more nutritious food; there's no substitute for the lack of milk. Our main diet is sorghum. Photo by Ric Francis)