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Abandoned Children 01
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A nurse watching over disabled children as they nap at Shumen Institution, the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 05
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A little girl plays in the garden of Shumen Institution. Shumen institution is the oldest in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A little girl rests in her sister's arms. Roma children have the highest rates of abandoned children in Bulgaria.

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Abandoned Children 08
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A nurse plays with a little girl playing in the garden of Shumen Institution, the oldest institution in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 09
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 14
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A doctor and a nurse in front of a sleeping disabled child. Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 16
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A little girl playing in the garden of Shumen Institution, the oldest institution in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 17
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A doctor and a nurse in front of a sleeping disabled child. Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 21
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A doctor walking in the courtyard of Shumen's oldest institution. Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 23
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A little boy playing in the Shumen Institution garden. Shumen institution is the oldest in Bulgaria. It was built in 1935. In the past there were hundreds of children lived here. Because of de-institutionalization, they're now less than a dozen, all with disabilities. During the day, children with light disabilities come to spend the day and then go back to their home at night.

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Abandoned Children 24
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

A little girl playing in the garden of Shumen Institution, the oldest institution in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Abandoned Children 26
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
02 Jul 2014

Children playing in the garden of Shumen Institution. Shumen Institution is the oldest one in Bulgaria. Built in 1935, it has previously housed hundreds of children. Because of de-institutionalization, they are now less than a dozen children within its walls, all with disabilities. Children with lighter disabilities come to spend the day there before heading back to their homes at night.

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Iraqi Soldiers Abandon Syrian Border
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Jul 2014

Iraqi soldiers hiding near the Al-Ukhaider Fortress, 50km south of Karbala, having been ordered to retreat from the Syrian border. On the way to supply the border patrol with aid, Sayed Mohammad al-Talkani, the representative of Muqtada al-Sadr, and Iraqi Member of Parliament, Fatm al Kreiti, found 2,500 soldiers sheltering in the archaeological site. They lacked food and water; many of them suffered from starvation and some had become sick and died. When asked why they retreated they said that they received orders from the officers, with no reason given, to abandon their posts and were told to leave the border open for ISIL to enter and seize the abandoned weapons left there.

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Abandoned Children 03
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova welcomes abandoned children in her home for one year before they get adopted. Here, she shows painted hand-prints of all the children she has hosted.

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Abandoned Children 15
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova playing with little Anna. Dani Dukova's apartment smells like chocolate cake. When she opens the door, a small brunette with two braids enters. It is Anna, age four. Dani has been in Dukova's care for one year. "It is the fifth child I have at home since I decided to become a host family," explains Dukova. "When the girl first arrived from the institution, she used to bang her head against the walls. It was hard to watch. Now, she's much better. " Dukova knows that one day, Anna will leave when foster parents in Bulgaria or in the United States decide to take her on. "I cry when they leave, but I am very proud of how they have changed in my care," she adds.

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Abandoned Children 18
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova playing with little Anna. Dani Dukova's apartment smells like chocolate cake. When she opens the door, a small brunette with two braids enters. It is Anna, age four. Dani has been in Dukova's care for one year. "It is the fifth child I have at home since I decided to become a host family," explains Dukova. "When the girl first arrived from the institution, she used to bang her head against the walls. It was hard to watch. Now, she's much better. " Dukova knows that one day, Anna will leave when foster parents in Bulgaria or in the United States decide to take her on. "I cry when they leave, but I am very proud of how they have changed in my care," she adds.

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Abandoned Children 19
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova playing with little Anna. Dani Dukova's apartment smells like chocolate cake. When she opens the door, a small brunette with two braids enters. It is Anna, age four. Dani has been in Dukova's care for one year. "It is the fifth child I have at home since I decided to become a host family," explains Dukova. "When the girl first arrived from the institution, she used to bang her head against the walls. It was hard to watch. Now, she's much better. " Dukova knows that one day, Anna will leave when foster parents in Bulgaria or in the United States decide to take her on. "I cry when they leave, but I am very proud of how they have changed in my care," she adds.

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Abandoned Children 20
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova welcomes abandoned children in her home for one year before they get adopted.

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Abandoned Children 22
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova playing with little Anna. Dani Dukova's apartment smells like chocolate cake. When she opens the door, a small brunette with two braids enters. It is Anna, age four. Dani has been in Dukova's care for one year. "It is the fifth child I have at home since I decided to become a host family," explains Dukova. "When the girl first arrived from the institution, she used to bang her head against the walls. It was hard to watch. Now, she's much better. " Dukova knows that one day, Anna will leave when foster parents in Bulgaria or in the United States decide to take her on. "I cry when they leave, but I am very proud of how they have changed in my care," she adds.

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Abandoned Children 25
Sofia, Bulgaria
By Simon Letellier
01 Jul 2014

Dani Dukova welcomes abandoned children in her home for one year before they get adopted. On her computer, she shows an older child who was adopted last year.

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The Vengeful Ghosts Of A Gold Mine
Karnataka, India
By Javed Iqbal
08 Mar 2013

Today, the abandoned Mangalur mining office is used by farmers to store sugarcane and paddy.

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The Closed Entrance To An Abandoned G...
Mangalur, Yadgir, Karnataka, India
By Javed Iqbal
07 Mar 2013

The sealed-off entrance to the abandoned mine, whose toxic tailings continue to endanger inhabitants of surrounding villages.

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The Closed Entrance To An Abandoned G...
Karnataka, India
By Javed Iqbal
06 Mar 2013

The closed entrance to the Mangalur Mine, that was mined by the British Empire in the years 1887-1913, and briefly re-opened by the Government of Karnataka in the years 1980-1994. It was shut down due to flooding.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (18 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (19 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (20 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (21 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (22 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (23 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
05 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (1 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries. Apart from homes, there are also a number of abandoned churches from the colonial era.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (2 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (3 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (4 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (5 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (6 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (7 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (8 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.

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Jaffna's abandoned houses (24 of 25)
Kayts, Sri Lanka
By George Haddad
04 Feb 2013

An abandoned building pictured here in Jaffna. Years of war and scarcities forced many people to abandon their lives and homes and seek new lives in other countries.