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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer (Centre) shares a joke with other female Peshmerga fighters as they camouflage their faces with mud during training.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga fighters, including Paxshan Omer (37), perform a drill at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga fighters, including Paxshan Omer (37), perform a drill at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer salutes Captain Jwan Mohammad, the officer in charge of training female Peshmerga.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer laughs as she sits in a defensive position waiting to ambush an enemy team during training at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga fighters aim their Kalashnikov assault rifles at a makeshift defensive position, during training.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga, including Paxshan Omer (front row left) stand to attention during drill.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga, including Paxshan Omer (front row left) stand to attention during drill.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

July 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Holding her Kalashnikov, Paxshan Omer, walks between the buildings of the Farmanday Peshmerga base, as she prepares to carry out a training session.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer (Centre Standing), and her comrades practice taking prisoners during training.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
27 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer (foreground), makes bread for her family as her mother, Sadi Hama (63), relaxes with a cigarette. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
27 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer (Left), makes bread with her sister Shawnm (25) for their family. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
27 Jun 2014

June 27, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

37 year old Paxshan Omer (L), makes bread for her family as her mother, Sadi Hama (63), relaxes with a cigarette. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
27 Jun 2014

June 27, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer (Right), makes bread with her sister Shawnm (25) for their family. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
27 Jun 2014

June 27, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Paxshan Omer (Left), makes bread with her sisters Dashne (30 Centre) and Shawnm (25) for their family.

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Female Ground Crews Rule Airport Tarmac
Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Mar 2014

34 year-old Nesrine Chkioua is a technical inspector for the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) in France. She is one of the only three female technical inspectors in France – and the only female technical controller at the airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle - who can prevent an aircraft from taking off and force its passengers to exit the plane if she detects a security breach. She inspects about two aircrafts per day. When she shows up on the tarmac, station managers, pilots, and mechanics hold their breath.

Every minute of delay can cost up to 1,500 Euros to the company. But Nesrine pays no attention to the cost as she does her work: the plane must be in good standing. In 2012, 2,442 flights of foreign airline companies have been inspected. 673 of them were delayed before taking off because of security problems. Three planes needed so much maintenance that they were forbidden from taking off.

In this photo essay, we follow Nesrine and her colleague as they inspect a plane going to Lebanon. Our photographer also interviewed her about how she feel about her job and responsibilities. Technical inspectors’ working conditions are difficult, as they have to endure constant heavy noise and cold.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Shahnaz Begum, 36, jumped from 3rd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly fire that permanently damaged her eye. She sustained serious spinal injuries from the fall.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Hasan Mia, 30, jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when it went ablaze two years ago. He still struggles with mental illness.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Shama, 20, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the fire that killed 117 people in 2012. She sustained serious injuries to her leg and the right side of her body that still cause her complications two years later.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Mar 2014

Rowshonara, 37, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly blaze. She still fights to overcome the deep mental and emotional trauma.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Khadeza Akter Sume, 20, jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when a fire killed 117 people in 2012. She still struggles to cope with the trauma.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Anzu, 45, jumped from 4th floor of the Tazreen Fashion building, which burnt down in 2012 killing 1167 people. Two years later, she is haunted by the fire and has trouble sleeping.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Mahinur, 32, jumped from 3rd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly blaze. Two years later, she remains psychologically scarred by the traumatic event.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Sume Akter, 23, broke her leg and hand when she jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the blaze that killed 117 of her colleagues in 2012.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Reshma, 20, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when a fire broke out that killed 117 people in 2012. She still suffers backbone and leg problems due to injuries she sustained from the fall.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Banu Rani, 35, was severely injured when she jumped from the 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the blaze.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Moushumi Begum, 24, was pregnant with her daughter Zinti when she jumped from 3rd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building. Her daughter is alive and well, but Moushumi remains deeply scarred by the fire that took 117 of her colleagues' lives.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Morsheda Begum, 27, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the deadly 2012 factory fire, breaking several bones

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Rupa Begum, 26, jumped from 2nd floor of the building, breaking her nose as she fell to the ground.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Mahfuza Akter, 20, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building when went ablaze in 2012, killing 117 of her coworkers. Two years later, the emotional and psychological trauma remains.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Afroza Begum, 26, jumped from 3rd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building. Since the fire, she has struggled with mental illness.

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By zakir hossain chowdhury
08 Mar 2014

Anzu Ara, 26, jumped from 2nd floor of the Tazreen Fashion building to escape the factory fire that claimed 117 lives. "Sometimes the intensity of the pain drives me mad," she said. "I break things in desperation. I wake up screaming 'fire! fire!' at night. I can't sleep."

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) finished the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

In Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple that gathers fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, new Samaneri (Buddhist novice nuns) washed up after lunch time in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

In Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple that gathers fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, new Samaneri (Buddhist novice nuns) left the canteen after lunch in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) visited Ven. Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu (male buddhist monk) at Wat Plak Mai Lai, a forest monastery in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) supervise the ordination ceremony for new Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (center) was the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka lineage. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Panel shows Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka lineage. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.