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Children of Eastern Ghouta 12
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young boy poses on his bike on the Al Kabeer mosque square, now referred to as the Al Hurriya (freedom) square, which has witnessed numerous protests since the war began in 2011. Children in Ghouta seem to have lost their sense of fear. They continue to play in the streets despite the constant threat of bombardments, shelling and clashes between armed groups and the Syrian army.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 1
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three neighbors walk in front of a five stories building that was destroyed by a Mig rocket on their way home after school. In Ghouta, basements are now safer than the surface. Classes are now happening in underground bunker schools.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 10
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young girl is working at her father's food kiosk on the street of Hawa ("Eve" in Arabic) mosque while he went home for lunch. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war it was a good middle and upper class neighborhood. Today, most people living in the area are on the border of poverty and have to face daily bombardments.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 3
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

10 year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Everyday, the young boy roams the streets of Duma collecting, wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon for his mom to cook. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money. His father has been working as a porter since he lost his job at a bakery five months ago. All bakeries in Eastern Ghoutta have shut down because of the siege. Mohammad says he is proud of what he does and does not feel humiliated from working in the rubble.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 8
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A father climbs over a three meters high pile of rubble with his four year-old daughter to reach his house. When asked what he was doing, the father said he had just taken his daughter for a walk around the block to get some fresh air.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 5
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three children are playing in a building that used to host restaurants. The building was destroyed by rocket shelling and has now become a dumpster.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 11
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three children are walking in an empty street in the Hijjareya neighborhood of Ghouta. This rebel held area is located next to Al Wafedeen camp that is held by the Syrian regime and has been the target of heavy clashes between both parties. When asked what they are doing in the street, the children simply said their mother has sent them out to buy groceries.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 7
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

The kids are playing around over demolished houses. More than 50 houses were completely demolished by a bombardment of 4 rockets.

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China's Lost Generation Reunites
Luoyang, China
By Morten Luxhøi
15 Aug 2013

Between 1962-78, 18 million young urban Chinese were send to the countryside to learn farming. They were pulled out of school and torn from their homes. This generation is now known to many as “the lost generation," because they were deprived from education. Wu Jian Hua is one of them. She was send to the countryside at the age of 17, where she was deprived of food, not eating for days.

“When we were born a natural disaster hit, we didn’t have enough food. When we started primary school the Cultural Revolution began. We couldn’t go to school. Later Chairman Mao created the “Down to the countryside” movement, so we went to the countryside. When we had jobs the salary was really low. When we started our family the one child policy was enforced. Then we only had one child. When the kid grew up we were told to retire early. Nowadays the salary is high but we don’t have a job. We are the worst generation, we have suffered immensely”.

She reunited with her old comrades for an emotional 40-year reunion weekend, at the village where they were once forced to labor.

CHINA’S LOST GENERATION REUNITES (04.15 MIN)

VOICE OVER: 40 years ago Chairman Mao pulled Wu Jian Hua out of school and send her off to the countryside. Today she reunites with old friends from the farm. She jokes.

WU JIAN HUA: “This statue of Mao symbolizes that we had to go to the countryside five years. The hidden hand on his back means another five years”.

VO: It’s estimated that 18 million young urban Chinese were relocated to the countryside from 1962 to 1978. The aim of Mao’s “down to the countryside movement” was to install the virtues of farm life in the youth. They were labelled the “educated youth”. Today it’s their 40 years reunion party.

WJH: “Since I left Luoyang I have never been back. I have many friends here, whom I want to see“.

VO: China transformed dramatically the last 40 years. On QQ, a Chinese social media, the “educated youth” search and found each other and planned the reunion weekend. And this time they are here deliberately.

WJH: “We had to go the countryside or we couldn’t get a job. I went unwillingly, I had to. Many people cried, acted out, we had to go”.
“Two years we were told that we had to stay at the farm forever. We felt hopeless. The farm became a mess. We didn’t work, we didn’t have a agricultural product, and no food. The director was chased away by us. Almost everybody left. Many bad things happened. Some attempted to commit suicide by lying on the railway”. “I almost died on the farm. I didn’t eat anything for maybe three days. I was lying upside down on my bed. I was crying and crying. They immediately called the director. When he asked what happened I said only one word. Hungry. The director ran back to his office and found a piece of dry bread that had been left there for many days. It was hard as a stone. I couldn’t eat it. I don’t know where they found water, they put the bread in it for a while, then I ate it and became myself again. It saved my life. It is something I cannot forget”.

VO: Wu Jian Hua suffered, like many others. During the great leap forward and the culture revolution hunger hit and killed millions. Mao’s “down to the countryside movement” was merely one of the many experiments Mao implemented.

WJH: “When I look back there are many things I don’t even dare to think about. Sometimes the young generation don’t understand the elder generation. We feel very sad”.
“Our generation is the worst and has suffered the most. We have experienced all the bad things that have happened in China. When we were born a natural disaster hit, we didn’t have enough food. When we started primary school the Cultural Revolution began. We couldn’t go to school. Later Chairman Mao created the “Down to the countryside” movement, so we went to the countryside. When we had jobs the salary was really low. When we started our family the one child policy was enforced. Then we only had one child. When the kid grew up we were told to retire early. Nowadays the salary is high but we don’t have a job. We are the worst generation, we have suffered immensely”.

VO: Wu Jian Hua’s exile in the countryside lasted 4 years. Today 40 years later the nostalgia thrives and the joy of reunion is great. But Wu Jian Hua knowingly spells out what the four years at the countryside did to her.

WJH: “Everything depends on education. If I had gotten a better education I would have lived a better life. It’s the sorrow of my life”.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

His name is Ahmad 8 years old, when he grows up he wants to be in the army to fight all the terrorists in his country as he says, he's from Rakka and now refugee in Sour where the Shiite areas are, South Lebanon.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

His name is Abdelrahman, 3 years old from Daraa, now he is in AlGhaziye district in south Lebanon with his family, when he grows up he wants to fight with Bashar el Assad. His father was killed by the Syrian army.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon ,
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

Her name is Bushra, 9 years old from Rakka. All she wants is to go back home. She is a refugee in Sour, south Lebanon.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

Fatma is 5 years old from Halab she loves to swim and when she grows up she wants to be a nurse. Now she is a refugee in Sour where the Shiite areas are, South Lebanon.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

Her name is Ahlam, she is 4 years old, from Homos, she loves to ride bicycle. Now she is a refugee in south Lebanon. After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

His name is Abdelrahman, 3 years old from Daraa, now he is in alghaziye district in south lebanon with his family, when he grows up he wants to fight with Bashar el Assad. His father was killed with the Syrian army. After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

Children Syrian Refugees in Ghazieh camp in south Lebanon pose for pictures. After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

A boy called Ibrahim stands in the camp, he is 5 years old, his family camp is in Sour, south Lebanon.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

A refugee named Ilham from Halab.After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Syrian Children Take Refuge in Tyre, ...
Sour, south Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
07 Apr 2013

A group of Syrian refugees where there camp is in South Lebanon, in Sour area. After more than 2 years of conflict, Syrian refugees flood into Lebanon. There are around 500,000 in the area so far, with Hezbollah helping them with food and medicine, but the security situation is not good.

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Dead Cities 16
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

IDP's who run from villages in Jebel Zawiyya.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 13
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Young boy in temporary resident crypt.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 7
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Refugees from Jebl Zawiyya. Access to food is very difficult and is one of the biggest problems for IDPs who are faced with hunger and sicknesses.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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GROWING NUMBER OF YEMENI CHILDREN ADD...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By Editor's Picks
12 Dec 2012

In Yemen, Qat addictions have grown to epidemic proportions among children and young adults. The drug induces a similar high as that of caffeine, and can be highly addictive. The problem is such that many children stop going to school, instead choosing to stay home to chew the bitter plant with friends, or addicted family members. Officials are concerned about the growing problem, an fear that the plant is creating a generation of illiterate children.

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Spider Hunters (9 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

A boy observes and learns the techniques needed to catch the Khmer Delicacy.

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Spider Hunters (12 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

Once visable the arachnid is quickly plucked from its hole and grabbed by its back just in front of its abdomen using 2 fingers with care taken to avoid a nasty bite from there rather large fangs.

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Spider Hunters (11 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

From a very young age children a taught the techniques needed to survive when food is in short supply.

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Spider Hunters (14 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

When caught the spiders are delicately put into small plastic bottles and kept there until they and ready to eat.

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Spider Hunters (3 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

The hunters look into the spiders lair and prepare for the capture.

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Spider Hunters (2 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

Wielding a axe a young hunter heads into the jungle in search of tarantula's.

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Spider Hunters (1 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

The children are calm while they dig for the eight-legged arachnids.

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Spider Hunters (7 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

A young hunter heads back to the jungle hut to give his catch to his mother to prepare for eating.

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Spider Hunters (5 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

The spiders are caught using a very primitive simple yet effective technique.