TURKEY-SYRIA. 8-year-old Zijad suffers from severe burns caused by a grenade attack in the Idlib region. Austrian plastic surgeon Dr. Maria Deutinger is examining his wounds prior to surgery in a hospital in Reyhanli at the Turkey-Syria border.

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SLOVAKIA. Karmena is a teenage Romni living in Lunik IX. Devastated and frustrated she is standing in a recently abandoned flat in the Roma slum "Lunik IX" in Košice. 

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BURMA. The isolated mountains of Burma’s Chin state are home to a number of hill tribes that have been separated from modern world for centuries. Chin women used to follow the thousand-year-old tradition of tattooing their faces.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. A Bosnian woman is mourning at the coffin of a relative killed during the 1995 Srebrenica genocide prior to the mass burial at Potocari on the 19th anniversary.

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THAILAND. Protestors during the Bangkok Shutdown 2014.

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LAOS. A woman riding a motorcycle in remote Xieng Khouang province.

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BURMA. Pa-O women wearing a traditional black tunic and a brightly colored turban. The turbans are often simply scarves or towels bought at local markets and then are wrapped in a traditional style. According to an old legend the Pa-O are descendants of a father who was a supernatural being and a mother who was a dragon. The women’s trademark turban is a manifestation of the creation myth. The Pa-O, also known as Taungthu, are the second most numerous ethnic group in Burma’s Shan-State.

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BANGLADESH. The workers at the ship-breaking yards in Sitakund, situated north of Chittagong in the Bay of Bengal, face the toughest working conditions of the whole country. Extremely hard labour, fatal working incidents, the exposure of abestos and toxic waste are among the deadly threats to those working in the ship-dismantling industry. Risky working conditions, environmental pollution and the adoption of child labor in the ship-breaking industry have drawn international attention on Bangladesh’s ship-dismantling. Changes occured but are far from international standards.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Due to the many handicapped men in Doboj a sitting volleyball club has been founded soon after the war. Besides war veterans the club also has members who suffered injuries from mine accidents after the war.

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SRI LANKA. The Navam Perahara procession in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo commemorates the acceptance by Buddha of Arahants Sariputta and Moggallana as his two chief disciples. The Navam Perahera is an annual procession, a mix of religious and cultural traditions of Sri Lanka.

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SREBRENICA. A woman is fainting and another is weeping during the burial of a close relative at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Adila Bijelic (62) and her family have been seriously affected by Bosnia’s landmine situation in multiple tragedies. Her husband Fehim got killed by a landmine in 1996. In another incident in late 2012 her son Ibrahim was badly injured while her 6-year-old grandson Tarik was fatally wounded and died. “After the death of my husband, I never thought of that happening again. Who would have guessed that after 20 years the mines still lie buried in the woods? We have been promised at that time that we can live safely again soon. But the world has forgotten us.”

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KOSOVO. Dervishes of the Rifai'i order celebrate Nevruz. After hours of singing and chanting they have reached a religious state of trance and are ready to start with the ultimate proof of devotion. With centuries-old skewers they pierce their bodies.

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SREBRENICA. The coffins with the human remains of Nermin (19) and Samir (23) Selimovic who were killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre are carried to their resting place.

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EGYPT. An army tank is guarding the Pyramides of Gizeh few days after the overthrow of long-time president Hosni Mubarak.

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POLAND. Roman Janiszek, a former miner and now an illegal coal miner works late night inside one of the so-called ‘rat holes’ on the outskirts of Walbrzych. The tunnel leads several meters below the ground.

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BANGLADESH. Dhaka. Life along railway tracks

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CROATIA. Good-Friday procession in the old town of Dubrovnik.

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BURMA. The isolated mountains of Burma’s Chin state are home to a number of hill tribes that have been separated from modern world for centuries. Chin women used to follow the thousand-year-old tradition of tattooing their faces.

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BURMA. Market in Chauk.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. The little village Skipovac Donji is scattered with landmines. In the back the main road with the abandoned school is visible.

 
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SLOVAKIA. Roma kids play in the back of one of Lunik IX’s apartment buildings next to a several meter thick layer of garbage. The garbage’s toxic level is even starting to harm Kosice’s groundwater.

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BURMA. Sunrise in Bagan. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Bagan (also known as Pagan), the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Burma. The city is home to more than 2,000 sacred buildings in an area of about 36 square kilometers. Most of the Pagodas and temples are made out of bricks. During the height of the Kingdom of Bagan, heirs and rich Buddhist believers were building temples and Pagodas to honor Buddha.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Since 1992 more than 8.350 people have been killed or injured by landmines or UXO's. Ljubomir Blagojevic, 56, was injured in 1992 in a landmine incident while serving in the Army of Republika Srpska.

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LUNIK IX. Roma girl sitting on the stairs of one of Lunik IX’s apartment buildings.

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SREBRENICA. Human remains from a secondary mass grave. Forensic anthropologists from Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) try to extract DNA from bones and connect it to blood samples in ICMP’s databank.

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POLAND. Roman Janiszek is holding coal he has extracted inside a 'rat-hole' mine several meters below the ground.

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BURMA. New roads are constructed in remote Chin-State, often with the use of low-paid child labour.

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SLOVAKIA. Roma boy with accordion in the streets of Bratislava.

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KOSOVO. The picturesque town of Prizren.

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KOSOVO. Children playing in front of one of the many abandoned buildings in the town of Janjevo. During the Kosovo war much of the former Croat majority left the town.

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BURMA. An old gold-leaf hammerer in Mandalay. They usually start at an early age, around 16, after a six months training. They stop when they reach their mid-forties, as their bodies can no longer endure the hard physical work.

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POLAND. Zbigniew Harasymowicz and Roman Janiszek, two illegal coal miners, are working during a day-shift in the outskirts of Walbrzych.

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SRI LANKA. The 'victory monument' near Mullaitiviu portraying a Sri Lankan Army officer holding the country's flag was raised to mark the battle at Mullaitivu beach in Nandikadal lagoon where the Tamil rebels (LTTE) and their leader were crushed by the Sri Lankan Army.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. A cross at Sarajevo's catholic cemetery with nearby buildings in the back.

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BURMA. The name Intha is said to mean ‘children of the lake’. The Intha are famous for their highly individual rowing technique. Fishermen wrap a paddle around one hand and leg and use this to propel the boat, while balancing precariously on the other. This position leaves them with one hand free, allowing them to drop a large conical net over passing fish in the shallow waters of the lake.

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BURMA. Shwedagon Pagoda.

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POLAND. Roman Janiszek, a former miner, now forced to dig illegally, dons his former official guild regalia. These days Roman is dressed with the uniform only once a year before the traditional celebration of Barborka, the miners' day.

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POLAND. Zbigniew Harasymowicz, an illegal coal miner takes a break during a day shift in the outskirts of Walbrzych.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Team members of Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) are getting ready for mine clearance operations.

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BURMA. Mount Popa in Burma is the supposed home of the 37 most important Nat spirits and therefore the major Nat pilgrimage site. According to animism believe Nats were human beings who met violent deaths and then became spirits of natural forces, such as water, wind or stones. Regular ceremonies are held for the Nats performed by a spiritual medium dancing into trance to be able to communicate with the spirits. The worshipping tradition has long been associated with the Transgender community. Transvestites and Transgender are seen as more likely to be able to communicate with Nat spirits.

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TURKEY. Istanbul.

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BURMA. A local fisherman is hunting for crabs near Chaungtha Beach.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA.

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LAOS. Market in Phonsavan.

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BURMA. Monks studying inside a monastery in Yangon.

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SRI LANKA. Negombo Beach.

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POLAND. Roman Janiszek is making his way through the narrow tunnel of an illegal coal mine.

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SREBRENICA. A deminer from NPA holding human remains.

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SREBRENICA. Human remains found in a mined area near Srebrenica.

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BURMA. Mechanic vendor in Mandalay.

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BANGLADESH. Child labor in garment industry.

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BANGLADESH. Dhaka. Life along railway tracks

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BURMA. Food stall in Yangon's Chinatown.

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CROATIA. Jazz club in Dubrovnik.

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CROATIA. Dubrovnik.

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SLOVAKIA. Portrait of a homeless drinking in a bar.

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BANGLADESH. Dhaka. Life along railway tracks

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TURKEY. A Roma musician during a festival in the streets of Selcuk.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. A dog is searching for landmines.

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LAOS. Exiting a cave.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Sarajevo.

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BANGLADESH. Life along railway tracks.

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BANGLADESH. Dhaka. Life along railway tracks

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BURMA. 

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BURMA.

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TURKEY.

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TURKEY.

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SLOVAKIA. While I was photographing Roma kids in Lunik IX this young boy grabbed an old VHS tape from the dumpsite and started to imitate me.

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