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Qalandiya Festival: Celebrating Pales...
West Bank
By adrian
08 Oct 2014

October 2014,
West Bank, Palestine

The second 'Qalandiya International' contemporary arts biennial drew to a close on Thursday 13 November after nearly a month of exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences and film screenings. Held in cities across 'Historic Palestine', the festival brought together more than 100 Palestinian and international artists to respond to issues relating to Palestinian life, politics and history. Over recent years, various Palestinian contemporary artists have been the recipients of major international awards. Amongst others, Emily Jacir won the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennial and Mona Hattoum was awarded the Prize Joan Miro in Barcelona in 2011. Earlier, critically acclaimed Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman had won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film festival. Despite the ever-growing international profile of Palestinian contemporary arts, Qalandiya International is one of the first attempts to launch a regular contemporary arts festival within Palestine itself. Taking place amidst ongoing violence in Jerusalem and following soon after the killing of more than 2000 Palestinians over the summer in Gaza, it was unsure at one stage whether the festival should go ahead as planned. Yet organisers decided to push ahead in the spirit of 'sumoud' (steadfastness), and to some people these artistic interventions continued to demonstrate the significant role that Palestinian art and culture has played in the context of resistance since the days of Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish and Naji al-Ali.

Wheelchair Basketball Heals Wounds in...
Nablus
By adrian
25 Sep 2014

September 25, 2014 Nablus, Palestine Established in the aftermath of the First Intifada, Nablus' wheelchair basketball team is amongst the most prominent in the West Bank. The squad includes players from the city and surrounding villages as well as Nablus' three refugee camps, and features several members of the current Palestinian national team. Many of the members obtained their disabilities from injuries sustained during the first and second Intifadas. Others were either born with, or developed debilitating conditions. Mu'awia Muna, the head coach of the Nablus team, is clear to stress that the team makes no differentiation between the causes of players' disabilities and that the fundamental issue at hand is the need "to provide sporting opportunities for all disabled people". Wheelchair basketball was one of the first Paralympic sports to develop in Palestine and, more than twenty years after its establishment, the Nablus wheelchair basketball team continues to train weekly. However, there are many obstacles faced by the club in its quest to continue work. Access to potential training venues and playing surfaces present constant challenges. Many sporting facilities in Palestine are now quite old and are not equipped with suitable disabled access. Lack of funding is also a major issue for all Paralympic sports in Palestine. The Nablus team's current wheelchairs have seen many years of regular use and are now in desperate need of replacement. With sports wheelchairs costing as much as 2000 euro each, the team needs to secure substantial support in order to continue to provide for the needs of Nablus' disabled athletes.

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A Dying Army, A Dying Clinic, and a D...
Reyhanli
By adrian
17 Mar 2014

In the Turkish border town of Rehyanli, sometimes dubbed the “rebel resort”, the injured and exhausted remnants of the once powerful Free Syrian Army seek medical treatment in a Syrian run clinic that itself is barely surviving.

Established by a defected Syrian Army medic, the clinic hosts both Syrian refugees and fighters injured in the war with a focus on long term rehabilitation. Amongst the patients is a young FSA fighter named Abu Djud. Abu Djud was an archaeology student from Aleppo who took up arms after the uprising began and was injured by shrapnel. He was evacuated to Dr. Rahhal’s clinic and had his leg amputated. He is now passing time in Reyhanli, waiting for his stump to heal and to buy a sports grade prosthetic leg. This story profiles the injured FSA fighters seeking treatment in Dr. Rahhal’s clinic. The stories of the once optimistic and now battered and sidelined young revolutionaries will reflect the withering of the Free Syrian Army in the face of growing radical opposition groups and an emboldened Syrian Army.

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Free Syrian Army Fights in Kobane
kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

October 30-31, 2014 Kobane, Syria A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist Kurdish YPG forces in their struggle against IS. The two groups have joined forces directly on the frontlines and now fight side-by-side.

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Inside Kobane Pt. 2
Kobane
By adrian
28 Oct 2014

Kobane, Syria
October 18-22, 2014

As the battle for Kobane rages, one journalist smuggled himself into the besieged battle zone get a first hand look at the destruction wrought on the this small, but strategically important Syrian city.

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Parents of Lebanese Soldiers Held by ...
beirut
By adrian
03 Sep 2014

September 4, 2014 Beirut, Lebanon Parents of Lebanese soldiers held captive by the Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria protest in front of the Lebanese Parliament in Beirut.

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Funeral Sparks Clashes in West Bank
Hebron, Palestine
By adrian
12 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014
Hebron, West Bank

A funeral procession takes place for Nader Idris, a Palestinian father of seven killed by live fire shot by Israeli troops, in Hebron, West Bank. The funeral was followed by violent clashes between local residents and Israeli troops in the nearby Bab al-Zaweya district.

Hundreds of Hebron citizens partook in the funeral amongst sentiments of public outrage and chants against the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza.

The funeral procession moved around in the city with the participation of many national public figures. Participants carried the Palestinian flag.

After the funeral, clashes broke out between local civilians and Israeli forces in the area of Bab al-Zaweya. Young men threw rocks and empty bottles, and Israeli forces hit back with live bullets, rubber bullets, and sound bombs.

Five men were injured with live bullets in the bottom part of the body, and journalists were forbidden to cover the incident.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle: A Syrian Fa...
al-Hanboushe
By adrian
08 Aug 2014

April 24, 2014
al-Hanboushe, Syria

10 year old Abdullah suffers from burns on the lower part of his body that he received six months ago from an exploding shell. His family is unable to afford any medicine or treatment for his burns and, consequently, Abdullah is immobile and unable to attend school or work to support his family. He lives in his besieged, war torn village of Al Hanboushe, in Syria's Idlib province, with his mother, his ill father, and his siblings. His family shares a small, two-room house with his Aunt, who's husband was killed recently in an air raid, his grandparents, and his five cousins. Food is scarce and there are no able bodied adult males to provide for the family; Abdullah's grandfather is too old and frail to work.

Given that there is no one in Abdullah's family who is able to work, the family is forced to live off of the kindness of their neighbors and any food they can find in the surrounding fields. In short, Abdullah's family's daily existence is one of physical pain, boredom and hopelessness, with little end of the suffering in sight.

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Gaza Paramedics Evacuate Civilians fr...
Gaza City
By adrian
06 Aug 2014

July 19-20, 2014
Gaza City

Paramedics from the Red Crescent Center in Gaza City brave shell fire and street battles to evacuate civilians trapped in the volatile Shajaya area. Throughout the Operation Protective Edge, paramedics have been killed and injured while on duty. Often, paramedics are the only people willing to risk entering dangerous areas to evacuate stranded civilians. This photo story follows a crew of Gaza City's paramedics over the course of a dangerous night in Gaza.

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Roma Children of Europe's 2013 Capita...
Kosice
By adrian
01 Sep 2013

The city of Kosice, Slovakia has been recognized as the 2013 European Capital of Culture and was awarded €60 million in structural funds to spruce up the city's infrastructure. However, in the Kosice suburb of Lunik IX around 8000 Slovakian Roma, most of them children, live in squalor reminiscent of the world's worst slums.

Lacking any sanitary infrastructure or playgrounds, the children of Lunik IX play in potentially toxic waste piles scattered amongst the apartment complex that was originally designed to hold only 2,000 people. The Slovakian government forcibly settled the current inhabitants in Lunik IX in the 1990's, a common policy used against Roma populations in Slovakia. Today the complex is immensely overpopulated and unemployment sits at nearly 100 percent. Access to fresh water is rationed by the Slovak police, who when the time window for collecting tap water is over, turn off the operating tap water systems.

The streets are plagued by rats, locals suffer from malnutrition, and sanitary conditions are dangerous. The youth of Lunik IX waste their days loitering and lighting open fires in the dilapidated apartment buildings, some of which are on the brink of collapse.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

Miners have to manually carry large loads of coal from the bottom of the mine to the top, where it is delivered for processing.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
09 Mar 2014

Children play in the streets of Belgharia, a township that has been set to up accommodate residents of Jharia displaced by the fire.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

A female miner balances raw coal stones on her head. The work is grueling and harmful to the health of the workers.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

Smoke from underground fires rise in the state-run open pit mine near Jharia.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

Miners have to manually carry large loads of coal from the bottom of the mine to the top, where it is delivered for processing.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

A young girl miner observes her colleagues. Many local children are forced to work pilfering coal from state-owned mines in the area.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

A miner takes a break overlooking the state-run open pit coal mine in Jharia. Miners have to manually carry large loads of coal from the bottom of the mine to the top, where it is delivered for processing.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

A boy carrying a heavy load of coal over his head in Jharia. Many local children are forced to work pilfering coal from state-owned mines in the area.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

Miners push around 350 kilograms of on a bicycle up a hillside.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
18 Mar 2014

A coal fire rages in an open coal mine in Jharia, India.

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Mining the inferno- india's 100-year-...
Jharia, Jharkhand
By adrian
23 Nov 2014

Smoke comes out of a drain along the main road in Jharia, hinting at the alarming levels of underground fires in area. A few years ago, fires damaged the Jharia railway station, leading to its eventual closure.

Activists claim that the mining company in charge of the coal operations are allowing the fires to persist. The company is said to do this because the fires force residents off of their land for safety reasons, thus opening more prospective areas for mining.

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Jerusalem
By adrian
18 Feb 2015

People gather at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The city has been covered in ten inches of snow from an overnight storm. Schools and highways have been closed as up to ten inches of snow piled up in the city overnight.

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Turkey
By adrian
16 Jun 2013

Wael, 40. Idlib city, 17 months. "Life memories"

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Turkey, Turkey
By adrian
18 Mar 2014

Thaer, 40, Idlib, 1 year, "my own small country"

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The syrian nakba 42
Atmeh
By adrian
01 Jan 2013

A tent in the Islahiye refugee camp for Syrians, in Turkey, home to almost four thousand people fleeing the violence.

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Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

02/12/2012 Atmeh refugee camp, for internally displaced Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP live in the camp. Atmeh, Syria.

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Atmeh
By adrian
01 Jan 2013

Young children watch a football game between clothes drying on a fence in Islahiye refugee camp for Syrians in southern Turkey.

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Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

Atmeh refugee camp, for internally displaced Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP live in the camp. Atmeh, Syria.

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Atmeh
By adrian
01 Dec 2012

The silhouette of a Syrian woman outside a medical tent in Atmeh camp for IDP Syrians. Around 12,000 IDP's now live in the camp. The seemingly endless Syrian war means that these people will likely stay in these camps for the foreseeable future.

December 2nd 2012, Atmeh, Syria.

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Turkey
By adrian
06 May 2013

Nour, 25, Mara'at al Nouman, Idlib, Syria. 7 months. "Lonely" 7th May 2013

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Turkey
By adrian
21 Jul 2013

Rashed, 26, Deir Ezzour. 1 year. "I miss everything."

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Turkey
By adrian
08 Dec 2013

Abdullah. 17. Aleppo. 1.5 years. "Sanctuary"

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Turkey
By adrian
14 Apr 2014

Somaya, 27, Damascus, 2 years, "Everything"

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Turkey
By adrian
14 Aug 2013

Samer, 34, Homs. 1 year 8 months. "My world was there"

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Turkey
By adrian
14 Apr 2014

Samah, 29, Hama, 16 months, "My work and my home"

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HSVS
Turkey
By adrian
08 Dec 2013

Nassif. 30. Homs. 2 years. 'I feel bare without it'

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American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By adrian
18 Nov 2014

Footage showing the building and the students of American University of Beirut.

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

Smoke inside Kobane due to the coalition air strikes against ISIS

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

Members of the free Syrian army inside Kobane prepare for the battle against ISIS

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Kobane
By adrian
29 Oct 2014

Members of the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish YPG prepare mortars to fire at ISIS in Kobane.

A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist the YPG in their struggle against ISIS.

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Kobane
By adrian
29 Oct 2014

Members of the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish YPG prepare mortars to fire at ISIS in Kobane.

A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist the YPG in their struggle against ISIS

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Kobane
By adrian
29 Oct 2014

A Free Syrian Army fighter loads a mortar round into the launcher, while a Kurdish YPG fighter (Yellow triangular shoulder badge) helps with battle preparations in the background.

Members of the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish YPG prepare mortars to fire at ISIS in Kobane.

A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist the YPG in their struggle against ISIS

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

Children in the refugee camp from Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

A child in the refugee camp from Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

A member of the YPG inside Kobane monitoring the movements of ISIS forces.

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Kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

A female Kurdish fighter cleaning her weapon while she is in Kobane.