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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Heriika S., 25, apologizes to her boyfriend. He helped her flee a rival favela after drug gangs made threats on her life. The women were joking about a rumor that there are rich Japanese businessmen wanting to marry for money.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Lenice, 53, speaking about her life. She's a nursing technician and used to make a decent wage but had troubles with depression after both her parents died in her care. She can't get a job because she doesn't have a fixed address and is behind on her union dues.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

A good samaritan only known as Felipe (not pictured, refused to be identified) learned that it was David's (center) 1st birthday and bought him a cake. In a rare moment of joy, the homeless organized a makeshift birthday party for him. David was given to his grandmother, Vera Lucia, 65, (also not pictured) after his mother had no way of supporting him. David is not related to anyone else there.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Gracie, 25, began smoking cigarettes at age 11 after her grandmother would ask her to light hers on the stove for her. She smokes 3 packs a day when she can afford it. She never made it past the 3rd grade in school.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
01 Apr 2015

Kaue, 2, cries for his mother. His dad, Claudio "CG", 24, used to work selling drinks at favela funk parties. He claims to have been earning well over $3,000 USD a month; he owned multiple stands. He was living a comfortable middle class until police came in and shut the parties down. Now he's struggling to pay his $130 month rent.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
30 Mar 2015

A pregnant woman gives a friend a back massage at 2:00 AM as other sleep and rotate shifts. As some sleep, others stay awake to watch for police.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
30 Mar 2015

Andressa (alias), 20, posing for a portrait. Andressa spoke about leaving her boyfriend that day after he hit her. Despite this, they were seen cuddling 20 minutes later.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
27 Mar 2015

Hiogo, 23, (center) emaciated. Food was scarce in the camp and usually consisted of stale crackers obtained from the homeless shelter or pasta made at a friends house and brought over. Hiogo is a day laborer working construction and in recent months has struggled to find work.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
27 Mar 2015

Homeless women play cards to pass the time as they sit on their signs. Residents of a favela live effectively in a dictatorship run by drug gangs. The idea of using free speech to demand their rights is new to many of them.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
27 Mar 2015

Stephany B., 24, (right) does nails as they talk about politics. Stephany said she wants a house with a yard so she can do nails and earn a living from home.

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Rio's Homeless Sidelined in the Name ...
Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
26 Mar 2015

On the morning of March 26th, 2015, roughly 100 families were forcibly evicted from their homes by police in an abandoned lot in downtown Rio De Janeiro.  “If you don’t leave peacefully, you’ll leave when the bullets come down”, a police officer threatened, recalled M., a young black man who requested anonymity. By all accounts police were merciless in their eviction and went as far as confiscating simple things like hammers and pliers, allegedly for safety concerns.

Again homeless, the evicted families decided to sleep on the steps of City Hall and ensure their demands for affordable housing be heard. “People think we’re trying to rob them, but in fact we’re running away from that”, Fernando M., 48, said in desperation. Like Fernando, many of the evicted people were escaping the undeclared war between police and drug gangs in the city's Favelas, or slums. While the government does offer a growing number of public housing projects for the poor, few find them desirable to live in as they are still under the control of hostile drug gangs. Instead, these people set up homes in safer areas in the center of the city. 

Other evictees were crushed by soaring rent stemming from Olympic makeovers in their communities. Fernando recalled his rent only a few years ago was R$200 ($65 USD) and now has ballooned to over R$500 ($160 USD). Others are simply unemployed due to a sagging economy. Stuck in a catch-22, many are now unemployable because they have no fixed address.

As the days passed, the echoes of their discontent landed on the deaf ears of a bureaucratic and incompetent local government. In the end, no official action was taken by the city to ameliorate their situation. They eventually left their makeshift occupation by City Hall one-by-one. On April 6th, the remaining dozen or so families that had not left earlier decided to abandon the camp. Many of them found temporary housing in shelters, a friend’s house or other clandestine encampments throughout out the city.

Despite their efforts, the evicted families improvised war of attrition with local authorities is lost and their grievances continue unanswered. 

These photos offer an intimate portraite of some of Brazil's most neglected people.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
25 Mar 2015

Recently evicted from an abandoned lot in downtown Rio, a now homeless man begins to spontaneously pose for a portrait. Tensions were high as just hours earlier they were evicted at gunpoint from a plot belonging to the Rio de Janeiro state water company, CEDAE.

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Praça Floriano, 176-242 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-007,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
25 Mar 2015

New construction projects tower over the ruble of recently bulldozed shacks. Over 100 families lived on this abandoned plot belonging to CEDAE, the state water company. This area was once blighted and is now being renovated for the Olympic games.

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Praça Floriano, 176-242 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-007,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
25 Mar 2015

Homeless workers stand in attention at the steps of city hall as a meeting is called to discuss their housing situation. Behind them stands the Municipal Theater, which was remodeled at a cost of over $30 million dollars in 2010.

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Praça Floriano, 176-242 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-007,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
25 Mar 2015

A pensive moment on the steps of city hall as recently displaced homeless workers rest after being evicted at 5 AM by police.

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Praça Floriano, 176-242 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-007,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
25 Mar 2015

Homeless workers gather to hear proposed solutions from a mediator from the city council. Through donations, they managed to raise nearly $150 USD for diapers and food for the children. However, no permanent solution was found.

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Central Asian Gypsy Circumcision Party
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
09 Mar 2015

Photos and Text by Timur Karpov/Transterra Media

The Mugat are an ancient nomadic people living in Central Asia. Also known as the "Central Asian Gypsies", their lifestyle is similar to European Roma: they live in camps, migrate across countries, and begand recycle garbage for money. Many people in Uzbekistsan, a country with a significant Mugat population, believe the Mugat have magic powers and know secret curses.

Usually the Mugat never let cameramen inside their community and are warey of outsiders. This Mugat ceremony, called "Khatna-tuy", took place in a small city of Parkent, Uzbekistan. Mugat people from camps around Parkent gathered together to celebrate the circumcision of one of the boys from the community. As an Islamic people, circumcision is one of the most important events in the life of a Mugat man. On the day of his ceremony, he receives money and gifts from community, while guests enjoy cheap vodka, bowls of meat, and dancing.

These photos provide an inside look at the rituals of one of the most secretive peoples in one of the world's most secretive states. 

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
29 Jan 2015

"The English class birds pose next to the class tent" Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
29 Jan 2015

"The English class birds pose next to the class tent" Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Ambulatory individual efforts of young Syrians in the collection and distribution of clothing for the displaced in the severe cold wave.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Mud of betrayal... Feet from my country..." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Mud of betrayal... Feet from my country..." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Sewage between displaced tents is among the most important problems in the camp.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Ambulatory individual efforts of young Syrians in the collection and distribution of clothing for the displaced in the severe cold wave.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Even you, mud, you are besieging our displaced tents... This is what they say..." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Glass balls of displaced children still rolling between small dreams." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Glass balls of displaced children still rolling between small dreams." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Sewage river that runs between the laughter of our displaced children and tents.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"The "Mud Dabke" (popular dance) Displaced children are children of immigrating joy.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"The displaced tents barely protect this refugee cat.. There is a huge need for tents that are adapted for human use" Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Wet book between small and shivering fingers.. Nothing around but mud and tent... But the road towards the light is still on.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Wet book between small and shivering fingers.. Nothing around but mud and tent... But the road towards the light is still on.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

" Sighs Fatima, the little Syrian displaced, carrying her school bag and her dreams of return and thinking of mirages of stretched tents..." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Gaith, a Syrian smile from the Atmeh camps in the northern countryside of Idlib.." Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Beautiful Rahaf.. Mud does not affect you ! " Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

"Sun Moon Flowers.. Cold tents Mud..
Sparrows still play their own game.."
Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

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From Cannes Film Festival to Refugee ...
Atmeh
By AmmarParis
15 Jan 2015

" Hala, the little Syrian refugee did not know that two barrels were thrown on her village during this photo... And I can not photograph that... What a pity !!" Comment by Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syrian director and activist who lives now in the camp of Atmeh, north-west of Syria, where she teaches English and spends time with the self-ruled camp children, in January 2015. Photo by Wiam Simav Bedirxan / Transterra Media

Tents and Tombstones: Bedouins in Isr...
Al-Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
10 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014
al-Araqib, Israel

Al Araqib is one of the 46 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert that the state of Israel refuses to recognize. The residents of the village, both past and present, inherited these lands from their fathers and grandfathers. Harassment from the Israeli Army and vigilanties has become commonplace for the Araqib Bedouin. The harassment dates back to 1948, when a gang of Zionist militants rounded up 14 Bedouin men working in a field in al-Araqib and summarily executed them. Since 1948, homes and properties in al-Araqib have been regularly destroyed and stolen. On July 27th, 2010, the village was totally demolished. Since then, the village has been re-built and destroyed 33 times. However, many residents were unable to stay and moved to the recognized village of Rahat. Those who did choose to stay are confined to the area of the Al-Turi cemetary and have been living under harsh conditions, always scared of an unexpected visit from the soldiers.

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Yazidi Children Die in Accidental Ten...
Dohuk
By rsoufi
20 Oct 2014

October 21, 2014
Dohuk, Iraq

Yazidi refugee Saido was able to save his family from certain death at the hands of ISIS by fleeing Sinjar and taking them to Khaneq refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. However it was here in supposed safety that tragedy struck. When Saido and his wife left his brother’s tent, where they had been spending the evening, they saw their own tent on fire. By the time they got close enough there was nothing they could do but watch as their children burned to death. His three children Sima, Saman, Sebar, aged 4, 7, and 2 respectively, perished in the accidental tent fire caused by a burning candle. The bereaved father is left with just two children, one of whom is partially paralyzed and suffers from epilepsy.

Transcription:

Zahra, mother (Woman, Kurdish):

(00:56) "Sima was as old as this one [she points at a child] and Saman was as old as this one. This child is 10 months older than Sebar. I wish I died instead of them." (01:20)

Seido Shenkali, father (Man, Arabic):

(02:45) Our children were sleeping here [the same position in the other tent] with my mother and father sitting next to them. Then my wife suggested that we all go to my neighbor's tent, so we went and we left them sleeping in the tent right in front of where we were. After a while, my wife told me that we should return to the tent because it was windy and raining and the children were sleeping. So I left my neighbor's tent and walked out to find the children's tent on fire and I started screaming. I had three children, Saman, Sima, and Sebar, when we went to save them they were dead." (03:59)

(04:04) "I ask for any person who is able to help me, to do so. I do not have anything anymore. My children died, all I have left is this child who is sick and epileptic. I ask for all the officials to see my situation. I only have this boy and this girl. The boy is sick, his medications are very expensive, and i cannot get them from any governmental institution." (04:42)

(04:46) "I tried to save them from ISIS, it is all because of them. I tried to save them and brought them here, but they burned to death." (04:42)

Khedr Shenkali, uncle, (Man, Arabic):

(05:21) "There was a lit candle, and their parents were in the other tent, the tent burnt and they died." (05:38)