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Afghanistan Blog

By Digital Journalist Sunday, December 6th, 2009

© Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
In Kabul, Afghanistan, Jamalo, age 14, from Ghazni sits in her wheelchair outside the International Red Cross Orthopedic (ICRC) rehabilitation center, Nov. 21, 2009. Jamalo is now a paraplegic, crippled after her home became a battlefield during a violent attack between the Taliban and U.S forces over five months ago. She was inside her home during the attack when a rocket hit, killing four family members including her sister. She broke her arm and was hit by shrapnel. Ghazni is a Taliban-infested area so as a young handicapped female she has little hope of education or even marriage. A recent U.N. report has described 2009 as the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the start of the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in the country.

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The Rebuilding of Kashgar

By Digital Journalist Sunday, December 6th, 2009

© Ryan Pyle
A fully veiled woman walks along a lane in the old town of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

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Discovery

By Digital Journalist Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times
Johnny Aralaji, the leader of a Badjao community in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, scans the sea for almost nonexistent schools of fish. Because the Badjao, a waterborne, mostly Muslim people known as “Bedouins of the sea,” do not celebrate birthdays, Aralaji guesses his age to be around 70. He sees the culture and traditions of his people sinking but remains unsentimental and resolute because he knows that they must seek land-based alternatives in order to simply survive. Palawan, Philippines, July 15, 2009.

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HIV to Golf

By Digital Journalist Sunday, November 8th, 2009

© Justin Mott for The New York Times
Students study in small numbers at the Mai Hoa AIDS Center in An Nhon Tay, Vietnam, because these HIV-infected children from the orphanage were turned away from a nearby primary school last month when the parents of the other students refused to allow their children to attend.

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Violence In Guatemala City

By Digital Journalist Sunday, November 8th, 2009

© William B. Plowman
A crowd gathers outside the funeral of slain TV reporter Rolando Santis in Guatemala City.

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A Swedish Vaccine for HIV

By Digital Journalist Sunday, November 8th, 2009

© Åke Ericson/Aurora Photos
At the research center at the Muhimbili University Hospital, "Professor Erici," to the right, is well known to everyone in the vicinity. Here, Eric Sandstrom is seen with the chief nurse, Mary Ngatoluwa, the medical officer, Suleiman Choum, and a visitor (to the left). The medical personnel are part of the HIV vaccine trials conducted by Professor Sandstrom in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Inside North Korea

By Digital Journalist Sunday, October 11th, 2009

© Sean Gallagher Photography
A mural of 'Eternal Leader' Kim Il-Sung in central Pyongyang, North Korea, 2009.

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