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Models wearing fashionable dress suits at a race track betting window, at Roosevelt Raceway, 1958.

Photo by NINA LEEN/The LIFE Picture Collection

Photographer Ken Hermann’s stunning portraits of acid attack survivors in Bangladesh:

The true face of a victim.

Every year people in Bangladesh are disfigured beyond recognition by acid attacks. The victims are literally scarred for life. Stigmatization follows, and rebuilding life and setting new goals for the future require both determination and strength. Most acid attacks are directed against women and children. Since 1999, more than 3,100 people in Bangladesh have been disfigured by acid. Thanks to the advocacy work done by the Dhaka-based NGO Acid Survivor Foundation only 71 cases was recorded last year – a reduction by almost 85% from just 10 years ago.. The vast majority of victims are young women under the age of 35 who are mutilated by men they already know. Typically, attacks are motivated by suspicions of infidelity, rejection of marriage offers, demands for dowry, and disputes over land. One in four victims is a child. SURVIVORS is a story about people, not victims.

See more of Ken Hermann’s portraits of acid attack survivors here

Palestinian - Israel Conflict

Displaced Palestinian children from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip stand behind the window of a classroom on July 23, 2014 at a UN school in the refugee camp of Jabalia where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip.
(Photo MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Two-year-old Palestinian girl Naama Abu al-Foul sleeps under the watchful eyes of her family after undergoing treatment at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli bombing next to her family’s home in the battered city on July 23, 2014. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel was committing ‘a crime against humanity’ during its ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip.
(Photo MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

A displaced Palestinian boy from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip stands on July 23, 2014 in front of a mural painting at a UN school in thre refugee camp of Jabalia where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting.
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Join legendary entertainment photographer on GettyInFocus as he looks back at a star studded career photographing some of the world’s biggest music artists including Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and One Direction.

The bodies of the MH17 Plane Crash are finally repatriated from Ukraine to The Netherlands

A coffin containing the body of a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is loaded onto a plane for transport to the Netherlands during a departure ceremony on July 23, 2014 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Landmine victim Juan Lopez in Nicaragua. (Photo by Sebastian Liste/Reportage by Getty Images) Mr. Lopez's prosthetic legs. (Photo by Sebastian Liste/Reportage by Getty Images)


"In Nicaragua…when they have rehabilitation centers, they are mostly in the capital, so it’s very difficult for people living in the countryside to get attention." - Sebastian Liste, photographer, on Nicaragua’s legacy of landmines.

Before Nicaragua ratified the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, in 1999, sixteen of its seventeen provinces were mine-affected, particularly rural communities and poorer areas. Just eleven years later, in 2010, Nicaragua was declared mine free, having cleared over 179,000 anti-personnel mines from its territory as well as half-a-million unexploded ordnance. There will no longer be new landmine victims in Nicaragua or in any other mine-free country, but this is of little help to survivors like Juan Lopez, above.

Back in the 1980’s, during the civil war in Nicaragua, Lopez was an able-bodied combatant. Both parties to the conflict laid AP landmines, especially in the north along the Honduras border. After the war, Lopez began working as a freelance deminer for farmers hiring former combatants for land clearance. In 1997, Lopez was demining a coffee plantation and stepped on an anti-personnel mine, blowing off one foot. A year later, he was demining his own farmland, stepped on another mine, and lost his other foot. Photographer Sebastian Liste met Juan Lopez while covering the legacy of landmines in Nicaragua. Watch this video to hear Sebastian Liste tell the story of Juan Lopez and other landmine victims.

In late 2013 and early 2014, five Reportage photographers undertook a group project, commissioned by the ICRC, to document landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded remnants of war. For this project, Brent Stirton worked in Mozambique, Veronique de Viguerie in Bosnia, Marco Di Lauro in Iraq, Sebastian Liste in Nicaragua, and Paula Bronstein in Laos. Watch this space in the following week for videos about landmine clearance in these other countries.

LINGWU, CHINA - JULY 22: Chinese workers sow the seeds in the hay grids to prevent the sand from floating with the wind at the edge of the expanding Maowusu Desert in Baijitan Conservation Area on July 22, 2014 near Lingwu, China. China has 2.64 million square kilometers of land eaten up by desertification, accounting for 27 percent of its land territory. Direct economic losses are estimated at 120 billion RMB yuan (US$ 19 billion) a year. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)

UK’s First Girl Summit Discuss An End To FGM And Forced Marriage

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai (top) and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina (bottom), attend the ‘Girl Summit 2014’ in Walworth Academy on July 22, 2014 in London, England.

At the one-day summit the UK government has announced that parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters suffering female genital mutilation (FGM).

Photos by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

ALEPPO, SYRIA - MARCH 20, 2014: Rana, 20 years old, student: Om Faraj, 30 years old housewife, no children: Om Ahmad, 72 years old, housewife with 3 children:


Syria’s Women of War

These are the members of the only all-female fighting unit in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, photographed by Reportage’s Sebastiano Tomada in March of this year. They said they had come together to augment the fighting power of the Free Syrian Army. “Women are fighting on all the fronts now,” a female activist told Sebastiano. “Women often transport weapons and supplies for rebels as they are less likely to be searched at army and security checkpoints.”

This series was recently awarded first prize by the jury of PX3: Prix de la Photographie Paris, the exhibition for which was held last week. See more of Sebastiano’s work on the Reportage website.

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