“As we come round a bend, we are surprised as we come across 30-40 people lying face down on the ground, with their hands on their heads. It’s already too late, we have walked right into an ambush. Heavily armed men in military uniforms stop our vehicle, and throw us to the ground with the rest. I am wearing the full hijab, or abaya. I am afraid, very afraid. I don’t think they have seen me properly yet. Here, in these Malian lands, I would be worth a lot of money as a hostage… I think of my daughter. What was I thinking coming here?”
Read more of Veronique De Viguerie’s account of photographing the recent conflict in Mali in the latest Reportage Journal.
Caption: Boni, Mali - January 21: A group of refugees ambushed in the no man’s land between Mali and Burkina Faso. A group of heavily armed hooded men in military uniform forced them from their vehicles, and forced them to the ground. The perpetrators emptied the refugees’ bags and stole everything of value.
Photograph by Damir Sagolj—Reuters
May 9, 2013. A man falls from a high floor of a burning building in central Lahore, Pakistan.
From the safe return of three kidnap victims in Ohio and the rescue of a woman trapped for 17 days in the rubble of a garment factory in Bangladesh to Israeli air strikes in Syria and a teddy bear hospital in Germany, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
The News Photographers Association of Canada interviewed Ian Willms, a Reportage Emerging Talent, about his project “As Long as the Sun Shines,” which won a judge’s special recognition in this year’s POYi.
I came into this story thinking I’d do a photo essay on rising cancer rates in towns near the Oil Sands. But it has since become much more than that. I now see this work as being about a vanishing culture and that’s tied to a vanishing environment. This situation is a continuation of a long and painful history of abuses of the First Nations within Canada.
Read more on the NPAC Web site.
Caption: Aurora borealis is seen over Fort Chipewyan’s main cemetery, September 3rd, 2011. In recent years, the cemetery has been filled beyond capacity and will soon need to be expanded.
“There is a tear at the fabric of Syria.” - humans rights researcher
Syria’s savagery is preventing peace: brutality has been used as a tool since revolt began two years ago, when videos emerged of government soldiers torturing pro-democracy protesters.
In response to the crackdown, the opposition took up arms and now fighters from both sides are filming themselves committing atrocities.
Details of the worst atrocities are coming to light even now.
The United States and Russia have proposed a peace conference to try to end the war, but savagery from both sides means that the unlikely event of a peace agreement might not stop atrocities and fighting between increasingly disparate militias.
At least 94,000 people have been killed during Syria’s two-year conflict, but the death toll may be as high as 120,000, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
Continue reading about Syria’s war.
Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Photograph by Kevin Frayer—AP
May 12, 2013. A wild gray langur monkey scowls as it jumps on a car at a rest stop on a road near Leela, in the state of Rajasthan, India.
From tornadoes in Texas and the demolition of Hurricane Sandy’s iconic roller coaster to President Obama’s rain check and a dancing lion, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.