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Four sisters plait each other's hair in the town of Kut, Iraq. 

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Four sisters plait each other's hair in the town of Kut, Iraq. 

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Bibi Mehri rides her horse across the Zarak river in the Zagros mountains. Elder women who are highly skilled and respected are named "Bibi" [meaning deeply respected] within their sub-tribes. Bibi's will own a gun, and become the leader of the tribal family. ×
Bibi Mehri rides her horse across the Zarak river in the Zagros mountains. Elder women who are highly skilled and respected are named "Bibi" [meaning deeply respected] within their sub-tribes. Bibi's will own a gun, and become the leader of the tribal family. ×
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A fisherman rests his hand on his recent haul of fish. ×
A fisherman rests his hand on his recent haul of fish. ×
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Young boys play in the Tigris close to Duthuloiya, during Ramadan in the final hours before the breaking of the day's fast. Duthuloyia is one of the few parts of the Tigris north of Baghdad where the river is accessible recreationally. ×
Young boys play in the Tigris close to Duthuloiya, during Ramadan in the final hours before the breaking of the day's fast. Duthuloyia is one of the few parts of the Tigris north of Baghdad where the river is accessible recreationally. ×
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Abu Haider and Umm Haider in the Central Marshes near Chibayish, Iraq. ×
Abu Haider and Umm Haider in the Central Marshes near Chibayish, Iraq. ×
Chained elephant abuse at night in Varanasi India by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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A Yazidi woman folk musician stands with a tradition daf drum inside AMAR Foundation’s Yazidi Music Project building in Khanke refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (EmilyGarthwaite/NPR) ×
A Yazidi woman folk musician stands with a tradition daf drum inside AMAR Foundation’s Yazidi Music Project building in Khanke refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (EmilyGarthwaite/NPR) ×
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A man weeps inside a Masjid in the city of Leh in Ladakh.

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A man weeps inside a Masjid in the city of Leh in Ladakh.

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Basra train platform. The night train from Baghdad to Basra is all that remains of a one-time rich heritage of passenger rail travel in Iraq. An early tram system was replaced in 1914 by an Ottoman track running north from Baghdad, and eight years later the invading British constructed a narrow-gauge line to connect the southern port city of Basra.

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Basra train platform. The night train from Baghdad to Basra is all that remains of a one-time rich heritage of passenger rail travel in Iraq. An early tram system was replaced in 1914 by an Ottoman track running north from Baghdad, and eight years later the invading British constructed a narrow-gauge line to connect the southern port city of Basra.

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Rwanduz, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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Rwanduz, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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Babylon, Iraq

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Babylon, Iraq

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Children behind fabric during Arbaeen pilgrimage by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Al Hillah, Iraq


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Al Hillah, Iraq


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Nuns at Hariri Stadium during Pope Francis' visit in Iraq

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Nuns at Hariri Stadium during Pope Francis' visit in Iraq

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Aisha and her daughter in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan

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Aisha and her daughter in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan

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girl punching karate at Nari Gunjan in Bihar India by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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My mother, Camilla

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My mother, Camilla

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Among cole flowers in Rojava, Syria

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Among cole flowers in Rojava, Syria

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walking old man at midday with briefcase in calcutta India by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Calcutta, India


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Calcutta, India


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Diyarbakir, Turkey

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Diyarbakir, Turkey

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Yazidi sisters from Sinjar

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Yazidi sisters from Sinjar

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Boys play inside a washing vat in Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

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Boys play inside a washing vat in Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

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Dusk at a local pilgrim's route through Al Hillah. 

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Dusk at a local pilgrim's route through Al Hillah. 

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orthodox priest inside Archangels’ church Bachkovo Monastery Bulgaria by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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An Orthodox priest sits inside Archangels’ church, built in the 13th Century, at Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Europe. On assignment with SUITCASE Magazine.

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An Orthodox priest sits inside Archangels’ church, built in the 13th Century, at Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Europe. On assignment with SUITCASE Magazine.

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An Afghan man stands in The Calais Jungle, a term coined by the residents living there, in Northern France, which was home to thousands of refugees.

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An Afghan man stands in The Calais Jungle, a term coined by the residents living there, in Northern France, which was home to thousands of refugees.

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Lake Malawi
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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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My grandmother, Caroline, under the shade of a willow tree.

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My grandmother, Caroline, under the shade of a willow tree.

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Jaipur, India

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Jaipur, India

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Children play in Kefal river during Imam Hussain Shrine in Holy city Karbala during Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Children play in the Euphrates near Kefal during the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq.

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Children play in the Euphrates near Kefal during the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq.

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Abulfayz comes to terms with losing five of Mohammad's sheep. Mo Abulfayz comes to terms with losing five of Mohammad's sheep. Mohammad blames him for not counting them before we climbed to 3,200 metres. ×
Abulfayz comes to terms with losing five of Mohammad's sheep. Mo Abulfayz comes to terms with losing five of Mohammad's sheep. Mohammad blames him for not counting them before we climbed to 3,200 metres. ×
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Baghdad, Iraq

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Baghdad, Iraq

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Finn, my nephew, at home.

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Finn, my nephew, at home.

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Sun bear in Sumatra Medan by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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Iranian eye test  in Qom Iran by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Ghazale receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran.

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Ghazale receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran.

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Iranian nurse and mammogram machine in Qom Iran by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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An Iranian nurse prepares a mammogram machine in Qom, Iran.

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An Iranian nurse prepares a mammogram machine in Qom, Iran.

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Baghdad train station, Iraq

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Baghdad train station, Iraq

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Rural date palm fields reflecting on the river at dusk in Al Hillah Iraq during Imam Hussain Shrine in Holy city Karbala during Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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A rural pilgrim route in Al Hillah, Iraq at dusk. Pilgrims continue to walk late into the night, some walking from as far as Basra to reach Karbala. [2017]

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A rural pilgrim route in Al Hillah, Iraq at dusk. Pilgrims continue to walk late into the night, some walking from as far as Basra to reach Karbala. [2017]

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