Twins Unasbibi and Joynobbibi Amirkhamza, both 7, left and right, lost their father on September 1, to violence that erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the predominantly Muslim region in a majority Buddhist country. Joynobbibi paints lime powder on her face to beautify. According to their grandfather, Amirkhamza Zalaluddin, village chairman of Sainda Para Moungdaw, the whole village of over 3,000 people is now in Bangladesh. Once lush hills have been stripped of greenery as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who recently arrived in Bangladesh build shelters of plastic, tarpaulin and bamboo in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhia District, Oct. 11, 2017. Sexual predators and human traffickers are reportedly entering the camps luring children and vulnerable women, according to Zia Choudhury, Bangladesh country director for the humanitarian group CARE. The Rohingya crisis that began as a counterattack by the Myanmar government against Rohingya militants who had attacked several police bases on August 25, turned into full scale "ethnic cleansing," according to the UNHCR, as the army and local Buddhists firebombed, raped and murdered across Rakhine state, the predominantly Muslim western region of Myanmar. To date, over half a million Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh. 

Twins Unasbibi and Joynobbibi Amirkhamza, both 7, left and right, lost their father on September 1, to violence that erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the predominantly Muslim region in a majority Buddhist country. Joynobbibi paints lime powder on her face to beautify. According to their grandfather, Amirkhamza Zalaluddin, village chairman of Sainda Para Moungdaw, the whole village of over 3,000 people is now in Bangladesh. Once lush hills have been stripped of greenery as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who recently arrived in Bangladesh build shelters of plastic, tarpaulin and bamboo in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhia District, Oct. 11, 2017. Sexual predators and human traffickers are reportedly entering the camps luring children and vulnerable women, according to Zia Choudhury, Bangladesh country director for the humanitarian group CARE.

The Rohingya crisis that began as a counterattack by the Myanmar government against Rohingya militants who had attacked several police bases on August 25, turned into full scale "ethnic cleansing," according to the UNHCR, as the army and local Buddhists firebombed, raped and murdered across Rakhine state, the predominantly Muslim western region of Myanmar. To date, over half a million Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh. 

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Former FBI director James Comey walks past the media and cameras after his testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he said the White House lied about why he was fired and that he leaked his own memos to the press on his interactions with President Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2017.

Former FBI director James Comey walks past the media and cameras after his testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he said the White House lied about why he was fired and that he leaked his own memos to the press on his interactions with President Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2017.

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"Maybe they will see my face, be scared, and surrender," said 21-year-old U.S. Marine Steve Fountain with a small smile gleaming behind his warrior face paint, as the Second Tank Battalion made it's way to Baghdad, Iraq, on April 1, 2003.

"Maybe they will see my face, be scared, and surrender," said 21-year-old U.S. Marine Steve Fountain with a small smile gleaming behind his warrior face paint, as the Second Tank Battalion made it's way to Baghdad, Iraq, on April 1, 2003.

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She waits by the dusty road, anxious to play her part as an angel in the Santacruzan procession so she can give honor to her family. Katrina Mayor's mother paid for a professional beautician to paint her five-year-old daughter's face and nails so that she might be more perfect in the eyes of God.  Philippines.

She waits by the dusty road, anxious to play her part as an angel in the Santacruzan procession so she can give honor to her family. Katrina Mayor's mother paid for a professional beautician to paint her five-year-old daughter's face and nails so that she might be more perfect in the eyes of God.  Philippines.

 

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John Davidson, former Assistant Managing Editor of Visuals of The Dallas Morning News, is a Vietnam veteran who collects military hats gifted to him by his staff of photographers who travel the world covering the news.

John Davidson, former Assistant Managing Editor of Visuals of The Dallas Morning News, is a Vietnam veteran who collects military hats gifted to him by his staff of photographers who travel the world covering the news.

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Her short skirt reveals long, skinny legs capped with three-inch heeled sandals. The light in her eyes belies her pageboy cut, showing a knowledge about life beyond her years. Her name is Korypuma Mapuna, age 13. Mapuna has watched members of her family destroy themselves with alcohol and she vows she will one day become a psychologist. Moscow, Russia.

Her short skirt reveals long, skinny legs capped with three-inch heeled sandals. The light in her eyes belies her pageboy cut, showing a knowledge about life beyond her years. Her name is Korypuma Mapuna, age 13. Mapuna has watched members of her family destroy themselves with alcohol and she vows she will one day become a psychologist. Moscow, Russia.

 

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