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On August 16, 2012, police at South Africa’s Marikana mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners and their families, like those in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the mine, still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase at Marikana, run by the British company Lonmin.
Pictures were taken on July 9, 2013.
Saleem waited for customers to buy his toy sheep, which he made from recycled clothing, along a road in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The sheep cost 100 Pakistani Rupees, or about $1. He earns about $8 per day.
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A spotted deer drinks water from a puddle on a foggy day in the Golan Heights, near Israel’s border with Syria January 17, 2012. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Despite the fact that the two countries have never made peace, the Golan frontier has largely been quiet. A U.N. force patrols the demarcation line between the Golan Heights and Syria.
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Qamar Hashim is an 8-year-old Iraqi photographer. He tours famous streets to picture Baghdadis with his single camera and is the youngest Iraqi photographer to win several local awards, according to the Iraqi Society Photographic (ISP).
Below, Qamar responds to a series of questions.
- When did you take your first photograph and what did it show?
I do not remember exactly the first picture but I had been mimicking my father since I was 4 or 5 years-old and started to take pictures of the Tigris river, the gulls, birds, old houses and heritage places.
- Why do you think photography is important?
Photography is very important. It documents life and pauses time. We can show the city, life and the people.
- What do you want to show people about Iraq?
I want to say through my pictures that Iraq is precious and Iraqis are very kind. Iraq is peaceful and has a great history.
- How do you feel about the U.S. troops leaving Iraq?
I am afraid of the U.S. soldiers, they destroyed the house my family rented in 2003, when I was a fetus. Thank God my family survived and I am happy now for their departure. I am free and not afraid of their tanks.
- What do you want to be when you finish school?
I like to act and I would like to be a child-activist.
- Which is your favorite photo you have taken and why?
My favorite picture is of a man sleeping who sells books at al-Mutanabi street. Also a picture of a bee on a rose, I ran a lot to follow the bee until I got this picture.
- Are there any photographers you look up to?
There a lot of good photographers and I learned from them (Adel Qassim, Fouad Shakir, Kareem al-Ba’aj, and Hameed Majeed).
- Are there any photos you wish to take but haven’t been able to yet?
The dangerous pictures like fire, blasts, other incidents but I have been sent off the site. They say I am a child. Also I wish to get a picture of the triangle of migrant birds.
- What does the future of Iraq look like?
I see a flourishing future for Iraq especially when my family owns a house. I love Iraq, my home, and it is more precious than anything else.
#1 : In June 2011, in front of a line of riot police.(Giorgos Moutafis/Anzenberger)
#2 : A can of tear gas lands near Loukanikos and protesters, February 2011.(Giorgos Moutafis/Anzenberger)
#3 : Loukanikos, photographed for TIME by Peter Hapak, November 15, 2011. (Peter Hapak for TIME)
#4 : The protest dog joins demonstrators in gas masks in June, 2011.(Giorgos Moutafis/Anzenberger)
# 5 : Loukanikos — the word means sausage in Greek — has showed up for numerous demonstrations in Athens over the last few years. Here, he barks at riot police in December 2010. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
A Congolese woman carrying her baby casts her vote in Goma during the presidential and legislative elections on November 28, 2011. The Democratic Republic of Congo held national elections Monday under a cloud of violence after clashes on the final day of campaigning left at least two people died.
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