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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
09 Nov 2013

Portrait of Nickbakht, 21 years old, double arm amputee. This image was taken in her home in the village of Aliabod, in Mazar-e-Sharif. Nickbakht was in a car accident seven years ago when all of the family was travelling to Kabul. Both her parents died and her younger brother has difficulty walking. In the first year Nickbakht was depressed, but she managed to overcome her disability and now she is the bread-winner of the family. Until six months ago she was working as a counsellor and providing peer support for the Afghan Landmine Survivors Organization (ALSO). Now she is unemployed, but she still does lot of social volunteer work. Nickbakht is a very smart girl and hopes to continue studying.

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An alternative clinic against the ha...
Map Ta Phut, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
19 Sep 2013

Patcharee Dityen was diagnosed liver cancer in 2005 after some red patches erupted on her skin. She linked her disease to the pollution caused by the petrochemical factories in Map Ta Phut, where she lives. She filed a lawsuit against the factories in 2009 with other 26 villagers.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 19 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A women a at a polling station in the raja Bazaar area of Rawalpindi. This is the first election that women have been allocated separate polling stations to vote.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 15 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

An election commission official issues a ballot to a voter.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (5 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A woman selling her soft broom products around the streets of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (6 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A woman selling her soft broom products around the streets of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (7 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A tricycle with soft broom products.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (9 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
12 Apr 2013

Broomcorn grasses are dried outside the houses of the villagers of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Long march by Heazot - E- Islam
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Mais Istanbuli
06 Apr 2013

In early February 2013, a large group of bloggers in Shahbag, Bangladesh protested against the lifetime prison sentencing of a war criminal. They demanded that the criminal be hung to his death as a punishment for blasphemous writing. Allama Muhammad Shadi, the principal of Hathajari Madrasha and the leader of a non-political organization Hefazot-E- Islam, has also called for a massive protest in Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 6th 2013.

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Heroes for the Strays (7 0f 30)
Alor Star,Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Mak Intan resting after feeding the stray dogs at the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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Island of Twins (21 of 23)
Alabat Island, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 Feb 2013

There are around 60 pairs of twins in a small town on Alabat Island. Eudosia and Antonia are the oldest twins living in the island turning 82 next year,w hile the five month-old babies, Jane and Joy, are the youngest twins on the island.
According to the mayor, the population of the island is composed of .4% of twins of the 12,039 residents of their town. When he and his wife migrated to the island in 1980s they were amazed that the island had so many twins. As a matter of fact, the former mayor of the island had a twin brother. Town folks are shocked when they think they've seen that the dead mayor is alive, but later learn that the former mayor has a twin brother.
No studies have been conducted on the island as to why the prevalence of twins in this small town is growing. According to a study conducted between 1996 to 2006, the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society found out that there was 182% increase in multiple pregnancies in 35 year-old women due to the use of fertility drugs. Due to the remoteness of the island and the limited access to fertility drugs, other influences could be considered such as inheritance of twinning or the food intake of mothers.
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba in South Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
The main source of sustenance on the island is farming and fishing and according to the oldest midwife in the island, heredity is the major culprit of twinning in the island, and so far, their island has the highest population of twins in the entire Philippines.

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Women Wrestling (6 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Veteran wrestler Yolanda La Amorosa chokes relative newcomer Mercedes La Extremista against the top rope during a training session at a homemade ring on the outskirts of El Alto. The only padding is some old mattresses atop planks of wood.

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Inconvenient to all 8
susya, hebron, israel
By giulianocamarda
16 Mar 2012

Bedouin kid grazing sheeps in the Susya bedouin community in south Hebron hills

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Inconvenient to all 13
khan al ahmar, west bank, israel
By giulianocamarda
31 Oct 2011

Bedouin family speaking with a UN member after a demolishing operation by the Israeli military forces

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International Media
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
05 May 2011

The Saharawi host a number of cultural events each year aimed at elevating thier international proflie. This Film festival in Dakhla camp draws hundreds of international guests.

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Swami
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
29 Dec 2010

Unsure of his International visitors, Swami observes from the doorway.