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Gendarmerie
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A police officer observing villagers protesting against Chevron's fracking activities in the area. Pungesti is one of the poorest villages in Romania but its people have been standing up against the US giant corporation Chevron for months.

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Encounter
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A protester is trying to provoke a police officer from the gendarmerie. Both parties constantly try to provoke each other to justify their presence and actions.

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Villagers gathering
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

Villagers discussing Chevron's activities. Residents and farmers of Pungesti are determined to keep fighting against Chevron's exploitation of their land.

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Villagers Gathering
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

Men from the village often gather to discuss issues and strategies related to Chevron's activities in the area.

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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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Pungesti village
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Pungesti is a typical Romanian village, with a church, a bar and a small bank and post office. Pungesti, Romania. Unemployment and poverty is forcing young people to leave the village.

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Children playing
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Children playing football in front of the fields used by local farmers and also located next to Chevron's compound.

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Chevron's guards
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Chevron guard signaling demonstrators to back up from Chevron's compound in Pungesti. Guards are well equipped with helmet, shin pads and glasses. Many residents were injured by guards and the riot police in protests that turned violent.

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Pungesti: The village that said no
pungesti, romania
By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Mar 2014

The villagers of Pungesti, Romania are unlikely eco-activists. The tiny village garnered worldwide attention in October 2013 when villagers started protesting against US energy giant Chevron's fracking activities in their village. Hundreds of activists from across the country also flocked to the Pungesti to support the residents in their fight. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists of pumping chemicals at high pressure into deep rock to extract oil or gas. The village's inhabitants, most of whom are elderly farmers who rely on agriculture to survive, are worried fracking could damage the local environment by contaminating their land and ground water. They say fracking will lead to health problems, air pollution and deforestation. Following the protests, police and gendarmerie increased their presence in the village and many residents were subsequently injured in protests that turned violent.

In 2010, the Romanian Government quietly allowed fracking operations to commence by signing an agreement with Chevron, giving it access to more than two million acres of land in Romania. The villagers managed to collect over a thousand signatures from a population of 3,300 for a petition demanding the dismissal of the mayor, who they accuse of corruption. However, the Romanian government disregarded the petition and the mayor remains in office.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 3
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

Jewellery shops are lined up side by side in the bazar which is a copy of the old one at the citadel, showing the Bamians, and the world, that Bam is back to being relatively wealthy.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 2
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

The center of Bam has been rebuilt and it is busy all day long.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 15
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

Almost like monuments 2 gravel mounts are located in the outskirts of Bam, next to the cemetery. The gravel is from houses which collapsed during the earthquake. Bam, Iran.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 13
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

A child shoe is still visible among the gravel taken from the houses which collapsed during the earthquake.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 14
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

Arg-e Bam surrounded by the palm trees. There is a hope Arg-e Bam will bring back the tourist and the dates will keep bringing wealth and prosperity to Bam.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 11
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

Pictures are still clear of a whole family who died during the earthquake 10 years ago.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 7
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

The reconstruction of Arg-e Bam started on the higher part and the walls. From some angles the majestic past of the citadel can still be seen and felt.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 9
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

The ancient citadel, Arg-e Bam,of Bam is the largest adobe structure on earth. Almost all of the structure collapsed when the earthquake struck Bam 10 years ago.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 17
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

130 people are daily working on rebuilding Arg-e Bam, the ancient citadel. After 10 years only a small part is actually finished. It will take decades just to partly finish it.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 12
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Jan 2014

With 26,271 dying in the earthquake the cemetery became a lot bigger. The earthquake part still dominates the cemetery 10 years later.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 16
By Ulrik Pedersen
28 Jan 2014

Mustafa is a successful businessman, selling wooden panels for houses, in Bam and who lost family and friends during the earthquake. He feels people has learned to live with the effects of the earthquake.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 10
By Ulrik Pedersen
28 Jan 2014

Two orphans, both 11 years old and orphans due to the earthquake. With the international assistance, both private and public funds and extended help from the government the children has a nice orphanage with toys and sports facilities.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 4
By Ulrik Pedersen
28 Jan 2014

The production of locally made bricks has for good reasons been a blooming business and still after 10 years the production is a lot higher than before the earthquake. With 70% of the houses destroyed in Bam during the earthquake, millions of bricks have been produced to make new houses.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 6
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Jan 2014

Just outside the main part of Arg-e Bam citadel there are structures still standing although most of the citadel collapsed.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 5
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Jan 2014

Bamians were very rich before, mainly due to dates productions. The earthquake didn't destroy the date palms and with an improved irrigation system, the production is now better than it was before the earthquake.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 8
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Jan 2014

Especially on the outskirts of Bam there are still houses standing like they did just after the earthquake. It is mostly where the owners are dead and the family have inherited it and either don't have the funds to rebuild or just use it for production of dates.

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Bam: 10 Years After an Earthquake 1
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Jan 2014

As in ancient times where Bam was on the Silk Road, Bam is again busy with people coming and going. Tourist are still missing but that is due to political reasons. With so many people dead, especially among teachers etc. many new people came to Bam.

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Ezbet Stabl Antar, Egypt, Old Cairo (...
Egypt , Cairo
By omar zoheiry
16 Mar 2013

Ezbet Stabl Antar, Egypt, Old Cairo, a small girl playing with her doll on the stairs of her house

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary of Tsunami
Fukushima, Japan
By U.S. Editor
11 Mar 2013

March 11, 2013, memorial services were held for the two-year anniversary of 3.11 across northern Japan. Two years after 3.11, some things have changed but many problems remain in disaster areas. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that caused an serious accident is still in hazardous condition. People who used to live in No-Go-Zone have not been able to go back to their hometowns. The decontamination plan for a huge contaminated area by radiation is late. Also, home rebuilding efforts are slow. However, in such severe situation, the people do not forget to pray for the victims of 3.11.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami at the shore from where the tsunami came to mark the second anniversary of 3.11. Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A man prays for the victims at the shore from where the tsunami came on the second anniversary of 3.11.
Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

An old women who lost six relatives in the tsunami prays for them in front of a grave on the second anniversary day of 3.11. Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A flower someone offered at a shore where the tsunami came from.
Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami in Namie town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where Namie temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to return to their hometown because Namie town is still appointed as a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A girl who lost her friend to the tsunami reads a message of condolence in Namie-town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where Namie's temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to come back to their hometown because the town is still designated a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A large ship that was washed ashore by the tsunami and a flower given as an offering. Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A disaster area on the shoreline where the tsunami hit.
Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A guardian diety of children and flowers offered as a memorial marking the two year anniversary of the tsunami in Japan. Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Piled up cars which were destroyed by the tsunami.

Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A car that was destroyed by the tsunami. Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A child looks for her belongings from many things that washed ashore and were gathered in a gym of Yuriage elementary school.

Yuriage, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013