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    Stylin in Sudan! Keeping an eye on fashion, not conflict in South Sudan.

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    Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy takes a look at something not often covered in South Sudan: fashion.

    Players from LASA, the Liberian Amputee Sports Association football team, warm up before a game in Monrovia. Almost all of the players are victims of Liberia’s genocidal civil war.

    From Football’s Hidden Story, by Peter Dench

    'For five months, smugglers mounted a huge and secret operation whose full details are only now coming to light. The objective: to carry 350,000 manuscripts to safety in [Mali's] government-held south. The treasures moved by road and by river, by day and by night, past checkpoints manned by armed Islamic police. The risks were great. Rescuers faced the possibility of arrest, imprisonment or worse at the hands of the thugs who had taken over the north. Militants from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were capable of acts of enormous cruelty.'

    Last year, while Jihadists took over Timbuktu, residents came up with a courageous plan to save their country’s priceless medieval manuscripts. The fascinating story is in Smithsonian Magazine, with photos by Katie Orlinsky.

    In the autumn of their lives, many South African grandmothers are still in the midst of raising children. HIV/AIDS has taken their sons and daughters, leaving them with the burden of raising their grandchildren. The loss of parents to HIV/AIDS has created 1.9 million orphans in South Africa, and, according to UNICEF, 64 percent of the orphans are being cared for by a grandparent. Most of the families live in poverty either in the rural areas or in the overcrowded townships in big cities. Growing up in an urban township is challenging for any child; neighborhoods are crowded and unemployment is high, along with prostitution, alcohol abuse, poverty, and crime. HIV/AIDS orphans are at even greater risk in these locations, as studies show this traumatized group is quicker to display antisocial behavior. HIV/AIDS orphans also become sexually active younger, thus exposing them to HIV earlier, a destructive cycle that many grandmothers are trying to stop.

     See more from A Generation Lost – Grannies and AIDS Orphans, by Jonathan Torgovnik

    Brent Stirton, who has previously received accolades for stories about war, health, and human rights, has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum London. His work on God’s Ivory, which explores the illegal ivory trade and its connection to religious iconography, embodies Stirton’s penchant for complex stories. “I work in the area of sustainability and diminishing resources,” he explains, “and I increasingly see a connection between all of these in terms of conflict, human drama, and migration. It’s all interconnected.”

    Video: God’s Ivory, story by Bryan Christy and Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images. Produced by Andrew Hida

    Bamako, Mali: “Miss Timbuktu 2009” Tanti Gassamba. She currently lives in Bamako after fleeing Timbuktu with her entire family last year. She hopes to return home soon. photo by Katie Orlinsky

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    ACCRA, GHANA: A 17-year-old boy holds some electric cables that he will melt down in order to extract copper and aluminum. Children in Ghana’s Agbogbloshie slum work 12-hour days and earn one or two Cedis (Ghanaian currency, equivalent to less than €1) rummaging through e-waste in the dumping ground. They burn the materials in uncontrolled fires, which emit toxic fumes.

    From E-Waste in Ghana, by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala


    In this week’s issue of the magazine, Xan Rice writes about the Somali chef and restaurant owner Ahmed Jama, whose restaurant, the Village, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, was attacked by the Islamist extremist group the Shabaab on September 7th (subscription required):

    The South Africa-based photographer Jonathan Torgovnik travelled to Mogadishu in June to photograph Jama, his restaurants, and the scarred, resilient city. A look at the photos:

    Top: Ahmed Jama near Mogadishu’s fish market, where he makes daily purchases for his restaurants. Behind him are the ruins of a hotel.

    Bottom: Jama surveys the fish market’s selection. “The mess always makes me want to run away,” he said. “But the fish is fresh.”

    How do you establish a deep connection with a subject in a short amount of time? Jonathan Torgovnik heads to Arles in July to share insights on creating intimate and telling portraits of subjects in their environment. More info on the workshop here.

    Caption: Annasalie Mukabayizera, who is HIV positive, and her son Prince Rwangabo. During the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women were subjected to massive sexual violence, perpetrated by members of the infamous Hutu militia groups known as the Interahamwe. Among the survivors, those who are most isolated are the women who have borne children as a result of being raped. Their families have rejected both them and their children, compounding their already unimaginable emotional distress. An estimated 20,000 children were conceived during the genocide in Rwanda, and many of their mothers contracted HIV during the same encounters that left them pregnant. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)

    'The whole story was shot in about an hour and a half without any research as it was not part of my initial assignment nor did we have plans to go there. What is very interesting is that nobody cared, was interested in or published the main story I was sent by UNICEF in Kenya to take - the street child program. That story took me days to photograph but everybody published the Kenya Pumwani Maternity Ward feature that was shot just in an hour and a half, because of the topic, the intimacy and the pictures themselves.’

    -From Marco Di Lauro's interview with The Image Deconstructed.

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