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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Davit Bek, Syunik Region
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Nov 2020

November 10, 2020 - Davit Bek, Syunik region, Armenia. On the border village of Davit Bek volunteers and some remaining locals are staying to protect their land from Azeri attacks an incursions. Constant daily shelling into Armenian territory has led to believe that Azeri forces have eyed the region to reach the Azeri enclave of Nakhchivan. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Oct 2020

October 31, 2020 - Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri forces continue to attack civilian targets as their army continues to make steady progress towards the capital of Karabakh. A merket was hit by Azeri missiles, damagind many of the stores in the area, but without causing any casualties. (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Oct 2020

October 31, 2020 - Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Local women are emerging from their cellars during a lull in the fighting. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Oct 2020

October 31, 2020 - Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Local women are emerging from their cellars during a lull in the fighting. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Oct 2020

October 31, 2020 - Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri forces continue to attack civilian targets as their army continues to make steady progress towards the capital of Karabakh. A merket was hit by Azeri missiles, damagind many of the stores in the area, but without causing any casualties. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Stepanakert
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
23 Oct 2020

October 24, 2020 - Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. Three women have been hiding in an unerground cellar beneath their apartment building in the town of Shushi as the Azeris have targeting their town almost on a daily basis. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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High-Risk Education in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
11 May 2016

January 10, 2016
Aleppo, Syria

Despite shelling and barrel bomb attacks, students and volunteer instructors are still showing up at al-Risala school in the rebel held Hanano area in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.

With no or little resources, the teachers are trying to give students a basic education in the absence of a school curriculum in areas controlled by the Syrian opposition.

The school is located in a district which has been targeted in shelling and airstrikes. “The students and teachers are in danger, the building might be heavily damaged or even destroyed at any moment” says Ibrahim al-Ali, the school principal. “We have no choice but to keep operating at high risk. This is the situation in almost all schools in rebel held Aleppo”.

Interviews:

04:03
Nada, Teacher:
“The number of students is good, but we are short of instructors. Teachers are not available. Q: What are your main needs other than for teachers?
A: We actually need everything.. The school building needs restoration, the students have not received backpacks, the teachers have no support.. There’s a lack of everything.”

04:59
Abu Hassan, Teacher:
“I am the science teacher, I try my best to improve the scientific skills of the students whether in math or physics or chemistry. Q: How do you describe the student comprehension abilities?
A: Starting directly with the curriculum in books is impossible because the students did not have the chance to learn the basics. It’s been like a month since we started teaching them the basics, the simple operations such as addition and subtraction. Introduction to physics and introduction to chemistry, we are only teaching them the basics that they missed for now.”

05:43
Mohamed, Student:
“We are here in al-Risala School, in Hanano area.. We have few teachers, a teacher of mathematics and a teacher of religious education.. We have no other teachers, however they are trying to teach us the basics so we can understand the actual curriculum. I hope that Syria will be a safe and secure place again especially in Aleppo because Bachar al-Assad targets us with barrel bombs and has destroyed all areas of Aleppo. Even our instructors had to flee because of the massive shelling.”
Q: Did you see any fighter jets striking?
A: We’ve seen a lot, and barrel bombs are dropped over our heads.”

06:32
Zainab, Student:
“We have no books but they told us that they would bring us some. We came here to study but we have shortage of teachers. The teacher is trying his best to teach us. When winter comes we have no heaters and the windows are all damaged and we have no means to replace them. Every time we go out for recess helicopters come so they bring us back inside out of fear.”

07:04
Ibrahim al-Ali, School Principal:
“We are educating the students despite the lack of an educational system. Almost all teachers are volunteers. Some are university graduates, others have just graduated from school. They are all doing volunteer work with nothing in return. The condition of the school is miserable. The building needs restoration, electricity and water repairs. We face a persistent cut of electricity which is affecting the lighting in class rooms. We also need water tanks to store water. We are also expecting the problems which we went through last year such as lack of heaters and the windows destroyed because of the constant shelling and barrel bombs by the regime.”

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Ukraine: The Wait
Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Dec 2015

Completed over the course of three trips to Ukraine in 2014/15, this multimedia piece explores the heavy silence of war - away from the war porn of frontline fighting and Western-Russain power plays. With Ukraine slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, the anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

Shells land 20 kilometers away. Four months later, in January 2016, a separatist rocket attack a few blocks away kills 30 civilians.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

Separatists’ diversionary raid on a railway bridge leaves passenger trains stranded in Mariupol, Donetsk region. After many months of idleness, the bridge was finally repaired.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

[Radio chatter] Separatist positions report ‘111’ – ‘All clear’. Other call signs are ‘110’ – we’re being attacked; and ‘112’ – We’re attacking. It is believed, that the previously stationed Chechens and Don Cossacks have been replaced with regular Russian military combatants.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

Ukrainian street musicians perform a song by a
Russian rock band, ‘Splin’

I want to fall asleep and never wake up
go away into the sea and not come back
or come back, but together

With you so much more interesting
with you so many interesting things around
and not even tight (suffocating)

Without the squares, railway stations, stops
without all these civilisations

One more sip - and we’re on fire
on one, two, three

Burn with fire, your third Rome
catch my rhythm
and dance, dance, dance, dance

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Mayorsk, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

The patrol passes along the village streets, dotted by drunk civilians and military personnel – a sign not so uncommon even before the war. Somewhere in the vicinity, a high ranking Ukrainian officer was assaulted and kidnapped with his armed escort a week before.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
30 Aug 2015

Sergei sits during night watch on the Permovaisk frontline, prepping his gun at the slightest noise in the distance; remains of an exploded 80mm mortar shell is a few meters away. In the morning, his face bathes in the warmth of a late summer’s sunrise.

“What a beautiful day, we all woke up alive.”

Sergei died on September 23rd during a skirmish, one day before he was due to return home.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“I came here to replace the guys who have been here for months without rotation, so someone can go home - not because I’m some big Ukrainian patriot,” says Vladislav, stationed in Zolote.

Even before the war, the old mining village was poor, with crumbling buildings dotting the streets. Now, with even less people remaining, pensioners gather for a daily market - made up of 5 stalls, overshadowed by a modest Lenin statue. Three blocks away, Ukrainian soldiers occupy the vacant houses, which are shelled on a nightly basis.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“One year ago, the commander put tanks in the first line, as if it was the Second World War; now you have accurate weapons – the whole crew died,” says one of the commanders.

The decrepit reminder of the war ruins the beautiful vista over the steppes of Donbas. Yet, the war is still on going, the steppes are the buffer zone, and the current trenches still scar the landscape, two meters behind the tank.

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Kyiv
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Away from the headlines of Western-Russian power plays and war porn of frontline fighting; away from boys with a cause, imperial ambitions and the spectacle of war. What’s left is the chilling wait and anxiety. The sluggish nightmare immerses anyone unlucky enough to be caught up close – families stuck in the buffer zones, blaming elusive fascists,
as their men fight for the elusive Russians. The nightly grind of staring into the darkness of a frozen conflict, confined to the trench and radio transmitting enemy reports of your own movements; the sweeping apathy back home.

While Ukraine is slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, Eastern Ukraine is trapped in a disaster, which shows no signs of letting go. The anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

The night passes peacefully, with sporadic pot-shots fired from the opposing lines; the Ukrainians do not respond. Without appropriate night-vision gear, the watch is spent chewing through bags of seeds – siemki, and a constant flow of tea and, if available, coffee.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Weapons sit idly, as the soldiers rest before the nightly grind.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Aug 2015

After months without rotation, the prospects of an entrenched warfare remain bleak. Stationary frontline attritions grind is more reminiscent of World War One, than a 21st century battlefield. Faced with increasing apathy from their own society in Ukraine, many soldiers turn to bottle, or worst - chair and a rope – even if the problem has not yet reached epidemic proportions.

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The Fight for Aden's Airport
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
04 May 2015

Aden, Yemen
May 3-4, 2015

Popular Committees fighters, with the help of special forces who arrived on the same day from Saudi Arabia, launched a large-scale attack in order to retake the airport from the Houthi militias on May 3. On that night, Saudi jet fighters carried out between 120 and 150 airstrikes on that strategically significant infrastructure. The next day, on May 4, the battle for Aden's airport is raging even more than the previous day.

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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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Heavy Clashes, Destruction in Mualla ...
Mualla
By Amged Sabeeh
04 Apr 2015

Video of clashes and aftermath of shelling in the southern Yemeni city of Mualla near Aden.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Travelling of killed child’s funeral procession of a
Moving shot of damaged building

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed Resident of Mualla
00:24 – 00:56
“Let the world see. They are bombing unarmed people, who do not have any weapons at all. The world needs to stand with the people who are suffering from injustice. The dignity of people is under attack and women and children are under bombing. The world has to understand that these are war profiteers who need to tried in front of the world. Where is human conscience? They say that people in northern Yemen are our brothers. The war involves the south only. They want to annihilate the people of the south. This is the truth.”

Various of damaged building
Wide of street battle

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed Resident of Mualla
01:24 – 01:57

“The Houthis and their allies, as well as the traitor Ali Abdullah Saleh, are bombing inhabited buildings with tanks. We are standing against them with utmost bravery. Our men and women are fighting against them. We will resist them with the help of God. We shall not accept this. Children! They have killed our children! They have killed our children! They destroyed our homes! But we shall remain steadfast, God willing. We will resist them.”

Wide of street battle
Wide/ zoom in of fleeing civilians
Traveling of injured southern separatist fighter being carried into ambulance
Wide of street battle