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Loy Krathong, the lights of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
By Fabio Polese
04 Nov 2017

Chiang Mai, November, O3 2017 - Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the traditional Loy Krathong feast for the fall of the rainy season. Along the Ping River, in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thai and tourists coming from all over the world, they lit fire lanterns lighting up the sky.

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Donbass, the forgotten war of Europe
Kominternovo
By Fabio Polese
01 Nov 2017

The Forgotten War in the heart of Europe between the regular Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. Although it is a hot topic due to its political connotation and despite the Minsk agreement should guarantee a truce, the war continues to exist and to make dead and injured. In order to gather deeper and detailed information I have been in the first lines of the battlefront between Kominternovo and Zaitsevo where there are daily battle. I recorded the military situation and the human condition of people who did not want to leave their homes. There are stories of pain, courage, pride as well as hope for a better future.

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Philippines: Militant of Moro Islamic...
Cotabato
By Fabio Polese
01 Nov 2017

February, 2016 (Mindanao, Philippines). Militants of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) inside the camp base in the Darapanan.

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The monks of the island
Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
31 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majes...
Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Mae Sot Clinic
Mae Sot
By Fabio Polese
09 Mar 2015

In Mae Sot, a town on the border between Thailand and Burma, watershed for hundreds of thousands of refugees and illegal trafficking, rise up the Mae Tao Clinic. Born in 1989 helps about 150 thousand people each year runned away from the oppressive regime of Burma.

The clinic, founded by Dr. Chynthia - ethnic Karen, breaked out from the violence of the Burmese dictatorship - thanks to the collaboration of many NGOs in these difficult border areas, provides health care to thousands of displaced people and tries to give a perspective of life after treatment.

"Chynthia is my only opportunity, in the village where I come from, ther’s not hospitals," says Tu Du, of ethnic Karen too, who, without the care and prosthetics that offered him the Mae Tao Clinic, would not have a future . "Now I'm back to living."

Tu Du is one of many people every day, the Mae Tao Clinic helps, thanks to the solidarity of many volunteers came from all over the world trying to give a better future to those who run away from war and violence.

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Belfast: Where the Walls Speak
Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Fabio Polese
27 Dec 2014

Strolling through the ravines of cities like Belfast, in those hearths of belonging marked by barbed wire, murals celebrating local identity and waking flags speak to a past that continues to exert is presence on the everyday. The divisions between the Republican and Protestant communities are still deep, beyond the attempts at reconciliation have occurred over the years by members of the political institutions in Northern Ireland. Around here the time is marked by commemorations and celebrations, events that enliven the mind and strengthen the concept of identity. On the walls, the windows of fast food restaurants, inside the pubs, one may notice small posters affixed to convene the community to participate in a garrison rather than a procession to commemorate some topical event in local history or the sacrifice of a martyr to his cause. And so even the walls speak. They tell stories and consolidate memory. "The murals are used to transmit our historical legacy," says Jack Duffin, a former member of the Official Irish Republican Army (IRA). The Offical IRA came out of a split in the IRA that lead to the formation of two groups. The more nationalist group took on the name Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), while the Official IRA was often referred to as the ‘Red IRA’ or the ‘Marxist IRA.’ Duffin now works as a tour guide at the "Coiste Irish Political Tours,” an agency that organizes walking tours for tourists explaining the violence that their land has suffered. "Trading the past means transmitting our historical legacy to all people of the world who visit Belfast,” Duffin says, drinking his cup of black coffee on the way to Culturlann, a structure that works to promote the Gaelic language and culture located in the district nationalist Falls Road, Belfast. "I do not regret my past, I still want an Ireland free and sovereign. An Ireland free from the British and the European Union, but without violence. That's what we try to teach our young people.” "Many young people today are much less interested in the situation,” says Sean McHugh, a forty-year-old nationalist born and raised in Ardoyne, who lived through clashes between Irish Republicans and supporters of the Queen in the nineties. “They are estranged from reality by television, by drugs and alcohol. In the nineties there was a lot more anger and tension than there is today." This tension does not seem to have vanished completely and could re-ignite at any moment. In fact, according to informed sources, there are 200 to 500 volunteers for the New IRA in Belfast alone. The New IRA has been training a new cadre of Irish Republican Army since they were formed in 2012 by merging several active paramilitary cells. Despite this presence, local associations and political parties continue desire a peaceful way forward to achieve a free and sovereign Ireland.

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Myanmar's Revolutionary Karen
By Fabio Polese
30 Jan 2014

The Burmese village of Oo Kray Kee in Karen state celebrates the anniversary of the revolution of the Karen people in 1949. The celebrations of ‘Karen Revolution Day’ take place on January 31 and parades four different paramilitary groups, united into one rebel party as a sign of defiance to Myanmar’s government.

Burma, renamed Myanmar by the military junta in 1989, is composed of a hundred ethnic groups forcibly incorporated during the British colonial period in the nineteenth century. At the end of World War II, a treaty was proposed that would have allowed the post-colonial Burmese ethnic mosaic to establish several federal states. However, the treaty has never been observed. The Karen, who live in the mountainous areas of Eastern Myanmar for more than 2,700 years,started fighting in 1949. Theirs is in fact one of the longest-lasting conflicts in the world.

The Karen are an ethnic minority in Myanmar fighting to preserve their heritage and calling for their own federal state. They have their own political structure, the KNU (Karen National Union) which is democratically elected every four years.

The celebration of Karen Revolution Day is done in several villages in Karen State. The celebration involved military and political leaders Karen and often come to the celebration of other ethnic groups from the rest of Burma (Arakan, Shan, Kachin).
The celebration is a veritable feast. During the day there are military parades, dances and traditional songs Karen and boxing matches. The evening concerts and even dances. During the parades, hundreds of people arrive to attend the ceremony, some come in river boats, battling rain and cold to sing and dance, and watch the parade of volunteer fighters from rebel groups in a show of national aspirations for independence.

In past months, the fighting between the Burmese army and the Karen guerrillas have intensified. Karen armed groups – the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army), KNDO (Karen National Defense Organisation), DKBA (Democratic Karen Buddhist Army) and KNLA-PC (Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council) – have joined forces to form the KAF (Kawthoolei Armed Forces).

In its statement of unification, the KAF vowed to “protect the Karen people and carry on the struggle until the establishment of an independent state”. In recent days, general Nerdah Mya, leader of KNDO, said that despite the talks for a ceasefire began in 2012, the Burmese government is concerned exclusively with the resources of the Karen province.

Myanmar began a process of democratization after the 2010 elections, but the ethnic clashes in Karen between rebels and government troops did not bode well with the minorities.

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Loy Krathong, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
By Fabio Polese
03 Nov 2017

Chiang Mai, November, O3 2017 - Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the traditional Loy Krathong feast for the fall of the rainy season. Along the Ping River, in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thai and tourists coming from all over the world, they lit fire lanterns lighting up the sky. (Fabio Polese / Marco Loreti)

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
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25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
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25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
By Fabio Polese
25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Koh Phayam
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25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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25 Oct 2017

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Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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25 Oct 2017

Koh Phayam (Thailand), Oct 2017. Monks with traditional tattoos during the Tambun, food offered by the local population.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.

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Bangkok
By Fabio Polese
26 Oct 2017

Bangkok, 26 oct 2017 On the occasion of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majestic the Late King Bhumibol (Rama IX) of the Kingdom of Thaiand, millions people have gone down the streets of the capital, Bangkok, for the last homage to their father Bhumibol, the King much loved by the Thai people.