March 24, 2012
hout bay jump by whats_ur_flava2000 on Flickr.

hout bay jump by whats_ur_flava2000 on Flickr.

November 17, 2011
March 1975 - Touareg in Djanet, Algeria by Giorgio_B on Flickr.

March 1975 - Touareg in Djanet, Algeria by Giorgio_B on Flickr.

October 3, 2011
Androa mindre kolo eric in a performance on the streets of kinshasa, Santu Mofokeng

Androa mindre kolo eric in a performance on the streets of kinshasa, Santu Mofokeng

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Filed under: portrait africa 
May 24, 2011
Lost Boys of Sudan’s civil war,  Wendy Stone

Lost Boys of Sudan’s civil war, Wendy Stone

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Filed under: sudan war africa 
May 21, 2011
Young rebel fighters with their assault rifles in Monrovia during the Liberian Civil War, 1992, Patrick Robert

Young rebel fighters with their assault rifles in Monrovia during the Liberian Civil War, 1992, Patrick Robert

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Filed under: africa war guns 
May 21, 2011
Man cut into pieces during civil war in Sierra Leone, 1996, Patrick Robert

Man cut into pieces during civil war in Sierra Leone, 1996, Patrick Robert

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Filed under: gore war africa 
May 21, 2011
Famine in Sudan, 1993, Kevin Carter

Famine in Sudan, 1993, Kevin Carter

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Filed under: africa poverty 
May 13, 2011
48 Women Raped Every Hour in Congo - Time

(DAKAR, Senegal) — The African nation of Congo has been called the worst place on earth to be a woman. A new study released Wednesday shows that it’s even worse than previously thought: 1,152 women are raped every day, a rate equal to 48 per hour.

That rate is 26 times more than the previous estimate of 16,000 rapes reported in one year by the United Nations.

Michelle Hindin, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health who specializes in gender-based violence, said the rate could be even higher. The source of the data, she noted, is a survey that was conducted through face-to-face interviews, and people are not always forthcoming about the violence they have suffered when talking to strangers.

"The numbers are astounding," she said.

Congo, a nation of 70 million people that is equal in size to Western Europe, has been plagued by decades of war. Its vast forests are rife with militias that have systematically used rape to destroy communities.

The analysis, which will be published in the American Journal of Public Health in June, shows that more than 400,000 women had been raped in Congo during a 12-month period between 2006 and 2007.

On average 29 Congolese women out of every 1,000 had been raped nationwide. That means that even in the parts of Congo that are not affected by the war, a woman is 58 times more likely to be raped than a woman in the United States, where the annual rate is 0.5 per 1,000 women.

Previous estimates of the number of rapes were derived from police and health center reports in the nation’s troubled east where the conflict is concentrated. The authors of the study used figures from a government health survey and pooled data from across the country.

The highest frequency of rape was found in North Kivu, the province most affected by the conflict, where 67 women per 1,000 had been raped at least once.

"The message is important and clear: Rape in (Congo) has metastasized amid a climate of impunity, and has emerged as one of the great human crises of our time," said Michael VanRooyen, the director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Margot Wallstrom, the U.N. special representative for sexual violence in conflict, welcomed the study.

"Conflict-related sexual violence is one of the major obstacles to peace in the DRC," she said in statement, using the initials for Congo. "Unchecked it could disrupt the entire social fabric of the country."

Wallstrom said the figures in the study are higher than the U.N.’s because it covers all sexual violence — including domestic and intimate partner violence — not just from military actors.

U.N. figures tend to be conservative because they must be verified by the organization itself, she said.

Wallstrom said she consistently stresses that “the number of reported violations are just the tip of the iceberg of actual incidents.”




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Filed under: africa rights 
May 11, 2011
Ethiopian woman covering her face with her hands, Harar, Ethiopia, 1935, Alfred Eisenstaedt

Ethiopian woman covering her face with her hands, Harar, Ethiopia, 1935, Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Filed under: portrait vintage africa 
May 11, 2011
Ethiopia, 1935, Alfred Eisenstaedt

Ethiopia, 1935, Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Filed under: africa portrait vintage 
May 11, 2011
 Portrait of a girl in Beira, Mozambique, Renan Rosa

 Portrait of a girl in Beira, Mozambique, Renan Rosa

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Filed under: africa portrait 
May 10, 2011
Mom’s all mine, South Africa, Andre du Plessis

Mom’s all mine, South Africa, Andre du Plessis

May 10, 2011
Portrait of a Moroccan girl with her pet eagle. Rui Pires

Portrait of a Moroccan girl with her pet eagle. Rui Pires

May 10, 2011
Mozambique, Renan Rosa

Mozambique, Renan Rosa

May 10, 2011
Botswana, 1947, Nat Farbman

Botswana, 1947, Nat Farbman