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Young Houthi Boys in Yemen Trained as...
Amran,Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
01 Mar 2015

March 1, 2015
Amran, Yemen

Houthi children are being trained as fighters in a former Yemeni Army base.
Boys aged from 12 and up to teenagers are being taught by Houthi fighters how to handle and shoot rifles and fighting tactics.

Video shot at the former base of Yemeni Army, Mechanized Unit 310, in the Houth region in Amran province, in north east Yemen.

The base was captured by the Houthis in the summer of 2014, and during the battle the Yemeni Army commander of the base, general Hamid al-Qosheibi, was killed.

After their training the child soldiers are being assigned to man checkpoints and provide security at demonstrations.

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Trees of Protest in the West Bank
Beit Ummar
By Ibrahim Hamouz
02 Feb 2015

Palestinian villagers plant olive trees on land confiscated by Israeli settlers near the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank. The trees are a symbolic protest to ongoing Israeli policies of land confiscation and illegal Jewish settlement.

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Iranian Jews Celebrate Bar-Mitzvah in...
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
17 Jul 2014

Tehran, Iran

An Iranian-Jewish family celebrates the Bar Mitzvah for their oldest son in Tehran's largest synagogue. Iran has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel. Today, nearly ten thousand Jews live in Iran. Iran's Jewish community is officially recognized as a religious minority by the government and have their own seat in the Iranian parliament. Their cultural institutions remain strong in the country with a network of schools, hospitals, libraries, and seminaries.

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Skiing Afghanistan
Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
23 Jun 2014

The Bamiyan Valley is one of the most beautiful places Afghanistan has to offer but it is best known for the destruction of the ancient Buddha statues by the Taliban in 2001. Before skiing arrived to Bamiyan, winter was a desolate time of unemployment. Now, skiing has attracted visitors and is one sign of repose.

For most Afghans, skiing is a very alien concept and there is a severe lack of gear and equipment for all new ski enthusiasts. Many villagers make their own poles and skis out of wood with metal sheeting shaped and nailed to the skis. The Bamiyan ski club and the Aga Khan Foundation are determined to attract more people and spectators to the sport and enable more and more locals to enroll in this new unlikely activity. To promote skiing and tourism in the region, the Bamiyan Ski Club organizes the Afghan Ski Challenge every year in March. The event gathers skiing enthusiasts from Afghanistan and Switzerland.

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North Korea in Black and White 010
By Ulrik Pedersen
07 Jun 2014

tram passing by children in Pyongyang. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Teenagers on the main square
By Ulrik Pedersen
11 Mar 2014

Two teenagers sitting on the main square, in front of a local shop. Unemployment is a plague in Pungesti. Most people have nothing to do besides hanging out around the bar and shops.

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Youth's hopeless future
By Ulrik Pedersen
10 Mar 2014

Pungesti's villagers say environmental impact of fracking is jeopodizing the future of villages like Pungesti. Many young people are already forced to leave the village and go to Western Romania to find work.

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Horseriding
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A carriage on a muddy road in Pungesti. Pungesti is one of Romania's poorest villages. It lacks basic infrastructures. Only the village's main road is paved.

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, with homemade skis made out of wood. "Our village, Jawzeri, consists of approximately 65 houses. Around 30 people from here are trying to learn how to ski, but only 10 really know how to do it well. We don't have any proper equipment and nobody is here to teach us, so we simply ski on the slopes around our village with our homemade skis made out of wood."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, with homemade skis made out of wood. "The first time we saw skis in our lives was in 2011 when foreigners from the US and Switzerland came to Bamiyan to ski here. We saw their equipment and wanted to try it as well."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, with homemade skis made out of wood. "Our village has never received proper ski equipment, but we wanted to learn it and had to be creative. So one boy in the village had the idea to make wooden skis with plastic underneath. We cut all the wood ourselves and shape it, it takes two days to finish one pair of skis."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, "Most villagers in Jawzeri think that skiing is a very good sport and exercise. We are really keen to learn and keep practicing, and our biggest dream is to have proper equipment one day and represent the village - or even Afghanistan - in different ski competitions."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, "Here in Jawzeri you can find a lot of enthusiasm and motivation for skiing, despite that fact that we don't get any support for this new sport. In Bamiyan village, for example, there is a group of young Afghans who participate in the Afghan Ski Challenge taking place every year. They have proper skis, equipment and support from some foreigners - hopefully we will be able to participate one day, too."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Villagers stand and watch the skiing. Sultan Ali, 18, "Here in Jawzeri, in our village, we only have one real pair of skis and boots which we got from foreigners some months ago. But that's all we have, we have no ski boots, no skins for the skis to be able to walk up the mountains and no poles. At least the skis we can make out of wood and plastic."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, "Some older people in our village, let's call them the traditional ones, are a bit skeptical about skiing. We don't have any doctors here and if we fall and get injured we would have a serious problem. At the beginning, most of them didn't like the idea of skiing at all, but now they start to open up and pray with us to get proper equipment."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, tries on his homemade wooden skis. "We are the first ones who started making wooden skis. Nowadays we have around 10 wooden skis in our village. The second village is called Chap Dara and they also produce their own skis made out of wood...but here at Jawzeri we were the first".

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali, 18, "Some months ago, there was a young man from New Zealand who came to the village with proper ski equipment and taught some people here how to ski. He used to come 2-3 times a week, he worked temporarily in Bamiyan. But now he has returned to New Zealand and nobody really comes to Jawzeri as we are quite off the beaten track."

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Bamiyan
By Christina Feldt
19 Feb 2014

Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sultan Ali tries on his homemade wooden skis. "Our wooden skis are not professional at all but they do the job. The bad thing is that we don't have skins to put underneath so that we can walk up the hills easily. We don't have ski-lifts in Afghanistan, so at least we would need some ski skins like the boys have in the Bamiyan village." Sultan Ali (18 years, Jawzeri, Afghanistan)

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young boy on his work to a coffee plantation (Chiquimula, Guatemala in January 2014).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

The majority of child labor in Guatemala occurs in agriculture in rural areas (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

Children are also reportedly subjected to forced labor in agriculture, though public information is not available on the goods these children produce (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

The majority of child labor in Guatemala occurs in agriculture in rural areas (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A boy working illegally on a coffee plantation near Chiquimula, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young child on the load area of a pick-up truck which brings workers to remote coffee plantations near Chiquimula, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young child on the load area of a pick-up truck which brings workers to remote coffee plantations near Chiquimula, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young boy helping to harvest beans on a coffee plantation (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young boy helping to harvest beans on a coffee plantation (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young boy working illegally on a coffee plantation near Chiquimul, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A young boy working illegally on a coffee plantation near Chiquimul, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

A man overseees workers on a coffee plantation near Chiquimula, Guatemala.

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Jan 2014

The majority of child labor in Guatemala occurs in agriculture in rural areas (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
26 Jan 2014

Children in Guatemala are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, primarily in hazardous activities in agriculture and manufacturing (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
26 Jan 2014

Children in Guatemala are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, primarily in hazardous activities in agriculture and manufacturing (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
26 Jan 2014

Children are also reportedly subjected to forced labor in agriculture, though public information is not available on the goods these children produce (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Daniel Van Moll
26 Jan 2014

The majority of child labor in Guatemala occurs in agriculture in rural areas (Chiquimula, Guatemala).

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Daily Life in Tareq Al-Bab Market in ...
Aleppo, Northwestern Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
15 Sep 2013

Thousands of people make their daily life in the city of Aleppo.
The most important markets of the city remain open.
Customers flock to buy despite the bombings on different areas of the city.

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Daily Life in Tareq Al-Bab Market in ...
Aleppo, Northwestern Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
15 Sep 2013

Thousands of people make their daily life in the city of Aleppo.
The most important markets of the city remain open.
Customers flock to buy despite the bombings on different areas of the city.

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Beautify Moaret Mesrin (4 of 4)
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
09 Apr 2013

Facing difficult daily lives, increasing social needs along with a desire to help others by providing care and services, young people are volunteering with the Revolutionary Civic Council in Moaret Mesrin to implement a new campaign called "Beautify Moaret Mesrin."

The "Beautify Moaret Mesrin" campaign is raising awareness among people about the importance of maintaining hygiene in neighborhoods where destruction of city infrastructure has led to an absence of basic services. According to an Idleb Press reporter, quoting a volunteer, "It has to be different leadership or another organized system that takes care of social needs and civic services, instead of government systems."

The campaign will run three days a week and volunteers will help to reduce the prevalence of disease caused by the accumulation of garbage in the streets, broken sewer systems and the spread of insects in the city. Not just cleaning streets and filling holes, the volunteers will also create beauty in paintings and murals, trying to raise the spirits of the Moaret Mesrin community.

Idleb Press, the Media Office and media group of Moaret Mesren

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Holi: The Festival Of Color Observed ...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Mar 2013

Holi, the Hindu festival of color, is being celebrated across the country. The Hindu community celebrates Holi in their neighborhoods, smearing colored powders and throwing water balloons at one another on this colorful and joyful event.

Photo By Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.