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VII 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII. Lampedusa. September 2016.
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    Photo by Sim Chi Yin / VII. On the ferry ride from Xiamen's Wutong ferry terminal to Kinmen taking just 30 minutes, an elderly mainland Chinese tourist wearing a Mao Zedong pin on his blazer takes a nap while his female companion is excitedly looking out the window as the ship crossed from Chinese territory to Taiwanese territory across the Taiwan Strait.
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    Photo by Sim Chi Yin / VII. The Chinese flag is unfurled as a Xiamen-run ferry from Kinmen to Xiamen crosses into Chinese waters near Xiamen. The ferries that ply the Taiwan Straits are run alternately by Xiamen and Kinmen ships. The Chinese flag is lowered and tied to a mast when the ships are in Taiwanese waters. It is raised only when the ships are back in Chinese territory. Although China does not recognize Taiwan and continues to see it as a renegade province, there is an unwritten understanding between the ferry companies on both sides.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. An Iraqi air force helicopter strikes a target in Fallujah, Iraq, on May 29, 2016. After the Iraqi and Shiite militias liberated Ramadi, the battle for Fallujah to push ISIS out is now the priority. The fight incorporates the use of the US-trained Iraqi Special Forces and airstrikes US-led creating an advantage. The city quickly coming to destruction is considered a humanitarian catastrophe because an estimated 50,000 people remained inside the city despite the fighting.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. Fires erupt because of clashes between Iraqi and ISIS militants on the frontline in Saqlawiya, Iraq, on May 31, 2016. After the Iraqi and Shiite militias liberated Ramadi, the battle in Fallujah to push ISIS out is now the main priority. Advancements are slow, gaining only about 500 yards a day, due to fierce resistance from ISIS fighters. The city of Fallujah quickly coming to destruction is considered a humanitarian catastrophe because an estimated 50,000 people remained inside the city despite the fighting.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. Iraqi members sweep a house for threats on the frontline in Saqlawiya, Iraq, on June 2, 2016. After the Iraqi and Shiite militias liberated Ramadi, the battle in Fallujah to push ISIS out is now the main priority. Advancements are slow, gaining only about 500 yards a day, due to fierce resistance from ISIS fighters. The city of Fallujah quickly coming to destruction is considered a humanitarian catastrophe because an estimated 50,000 people remained inside the city despite the fighting.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. An Iraqi militant rests and waits for sunset which ends his fast during the month of Ramadan in Fallujah, Iraq, on June 14, 2016. After the Iraqi and Shiite militias liberated Ramadi, the battle for Fallujah to push ISIS out is now the priority. The city quickly coming to destruction is considered a humanitarian catastrophe because an estimated 50,000 people remained inside the city despite the fighting.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. An Iraqi tank fires at a sniper who's been hiding in a house on the frontline in Fallujah, Iraq, on June 14, 2016. After the Iraqi and Shiite militias liberated Ramadi, the battle for Fallujah to push ISIS out is now the priority. The fight incorporates the use of the US-trained Iraqi Special forces and airstrikes US-led creating an advantage. The city quickly coming to destruction is considered a humanitarian catastrophe because an estimated 50,000 people remained inside the city despite the fighting.
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    Photo by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program. Iraqi soldiers killed an ISIS soldier while entering the Al Kherarh village in Qayyarah, Iraq. The soldier, a 13-year-old boy, provoked the Iraqi Army by throwing fire on the Iraqi soldiers. As he died, he was heard yelling, "Save me, Mom."
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    Photo by Arnau Bach / VII Mentor Program. A Gibraltar customs officer checks the hole made by tobacco smugglers in the border fence located on a beach that is declared a restricted area. Gibraltar enclave, Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Europe, on April 10, 2016.
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    Photo by Arnau Bach / VII Mentor Program. A group of teenagers hang out in the streets of downtown Gibraltar on a rainy day. Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Europe, on April 10, 2016.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII. Susan Brown, 56, and her daughter, Danielle Brown, 25, from Pitman, New Jersey, mourn alongside other David Bowie fans at an impromptu David Bowie memorial in front of the star's Lafayette Street home in SoHo, New York, on January 11, 2016. The pair came to Manhattan especially to visit the memorial. Bowie died of cancer early Monday, January 11, after a private 18-month struggle with the illness.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII. David Bowie fans place flowers at an impromptu David Bowie memorial in front of the star's Lafayette Street home in SoHo, New York, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died of cancer early Monday, January 11, after a private 18-month struggle with the illness.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick. Untitled, Lisbon 2016.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick. Untitled, Lisbon 2016.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick. Untitled, Lisbon 2016.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick. Untitled, Lisbon 2016.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII. Aerial landscapes of Borno State, seen from a United Nations flight between Yola and Maiduguri, on April 20, 2016. Borno State is the home iof the Boko Haram Islamic Insurgency.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. A Gambian group of boys survey the ocean from the beach during an outing from a government hot spot, a reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily, on May 17, 2016. They are frightened to swim, they said, after their harrowing boat journey from Libya. From left to right are Alieu, 17, Fodaoi, 14, and Mohammad, 17.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII. Children play at the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons Camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Nigeria, on April 20, 2016. The camp houses almost 30,000 people, some of the estimated 1.9 million people who have been displaced in fighting between Boko Haram and the military.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. A Gambian boy prays at a government hot spot, a reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily, on May 17, 2016. Of the 150,000 migrants and refugees who arrived in Italy in 2015, the vast majority of people are coming from West Africa. This reception center currently hosts approximately 110 boys, who are supposed to remain there for a maximum of 72 hours before being transferred to a more permanent and comfortable center. Due to problems finding shelter, the Italian Government makes children remain there for one to two months. Residents complain of a lack of activities, sanitation and education.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. Fraternal twins Aimamo Jawnoh (bleached patch on hair, chains, earring), and Ibrahim Jawnoh, both 16, from Kombu Brikam Village, Gambia at a beach in Trabia, Italy, on May 14, 2016. The boys live at Rainbow, a government administered center for unaccompanied boys that provides shelter, food, education and legal help for unaccompanied asylum seekers in Trabia, Sicily. Of the 150,000 migrants and refugees who arrived in Italy in 2015, the vast majority of people are coming from West Africa.
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    Photo by Luisa Dorr / VII Mentor Program. Don Juan Ecuador on June 25, 2016. Don Juan is a small fishing village near Pedernales that was also destroyed by the earthquake that happened on April 16, 2016 in Southern Ecuador.
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    Photo by Luisa Dorr / VII Mentor Program. Jairo and his family. Don Juan, Ecuador on June 27, 2016. Jairo said, "When the earthquake happened I was at shore, fishing, not far from home, about 2km. Then it started. I asked God for help to get me where my children were. First, a blue house collapsed, then the neighbour's, then mine. I was desperate and trying with all my forces to get close to my children, the sea was revolving. Thank God nothing happened to them, they were all on the beach when the earthquake struck. We are all safe."
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    Photo by Luisa Dorr / VII Mentor Program. Don Juan Ecuador on June 25th, 2016. Don Juan is a small fishing village near Pedernales that was also destroyed by the earthquake that happened on April 16, 2016 in Southern Ecuador.
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    Photo by Luisa Dorr / VII Mentor Program. Don Juan Ecuador on June 27, 2016.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. Amr Raslan, 7, withdraws from the family and cries by a window after experiencing invasive thoughts about his homeland, Syria, at his family's new home at a refugee shelter in Mariendorf, Berlin, Germany, on September 24, 2016. The family arrived in Berlin as refugees in December 2015, after they were forced to leave Homs, Syria.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. The Raslan family celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary with Amira's extended family at their new home at a refugee housing space in Mariendorf, Berlin, Germany, on September 15, 2016. Amira Raslan (white veil) and her husband Khaled Raslan (red t-shirt), arrived in Berlin as refugees in December 2015, after they were forced to leave Homs, Syria. Amira's extended family came to Germany and were granted asylum after her father, Anwar Raslan, defected from a position in President Assad's government.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. Ali Abdel Halim, 18, on his way to hair dressing school, close to a sex shop in Braunschweig, Germany, on September 22, 2016. He and his brother, who are unaccompanied minors, arrived in Europe on September 29, 2015, and since then have been struggling to establish themselves on a permanent basis in Germany. The boys are Lebanese-Palestinian, and lived in Syria for six years. In Lebanon, they received few opportunities and very limited rights as Palestinians, and now they have discovered the German government does not recognize the refugee claims of Palestinians either. They are in the process of appealing a decision by the German state that refuses their application for asylum.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. Ahmad Abdel Halim (black and white pants and t-shirt), 16, at football training with his team, JSG Rosenthal-Schwicheldt in Peine, Germany, on September 20, 2016. Ahmad is allowed to train with the team but is not permitted to play matches until the German Football Association can source his sport records from Lebanon. He and his brother, who are unaccompanied minors, arrived in Europe on September 29, 2015, and since then have been struggling to establish themselves on a permanent basis in Germany. The boys are Lebanese-Palestinian, and lived in Syria for six years. In Lebanon, they received few opportunities and very limited rights as Palestinians, and now they have discovered the German government does not recognize the refugee claims of Palestinians either. They are in the process of appealing a decision by the German state that refuses their application for asylum.
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    Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF. Jannat Raslan and her brother, Syrian refugees from Homs, on swings at Volkspark, a park close to the refugee shelter they live at in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, Germany, on May 28, 2016. The family lives in a former office building that has been converted into living quarters for hundreds of refugees. They moved into this shelter just over a month ago, and it is designed as a more permanent living arrangement than the basketball gymnasium they lived at from December, which had no privacy and was extremely noisy.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Trump for President rally in Lakeland, Florida.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Trump for President rally in Lakeland, Florida.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Donald Trump for President rally in Tampa, Florida.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Donald Trump's election night celebrations at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Donald Trump's election night celebrations at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Donald Trump for President rally in Tampa, Florida.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio. The Trump Family puts their father over the top with the NY Delegates.
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    Photo by Christopher Morris / VII. Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the militant youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has been acting as a paramilitary force in Nusaybin, and the militants have carved trenches and set up barricades to try to prevent security Forces from accessing popular neighborhoods. A YDG-H fighter standing behind the barricade, in one of the militia's barricades.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. A general view of Cizre streets.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Inside a house in the Yafes neighborhood of Cizre.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. A family waiting by the ruins of a house.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. A street that suffered an intense battle in Cizre.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Kids stand in front of destroyed homes.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Funeral of 14-year-old Yilmaz Gegim and 21-year-old Ferhat Karaduman who died during the fight between the Turkish Army and Kurdish Rebels in Cizre.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. The biggest hotel in Cizre was used as a base during the war between the Kurdish Rebels and Turkish Army.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa on January 29, 2016.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Bernie Sanders speaks to thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the University of Iowa on January 30, 2016.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters wait for a campaign rally to start in the Field House of the University of Iowa on January 30, 2016. Several musical guests, including Vampire Weekend, performed and Dr. Cornel West spoke before the Vermont Senator took the stage.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. A helicopter circulating on Istiklal street, June 29, 2016.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. A memorial is held for airport personnel who lost their lives during the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Left - Tank troops on the streets for the coup. Right - A Syrian refugee protesting the coup attempt in Turkey at Taksim Square. Date: 15/07/2016 - 24/07/2016
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Left - Soldiers under surveillance. Right - The group of AKP supporters watching Erdogan's speech with their big Turkish flag. Date: 15/07/2016 - 24/07/2016
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Left - Turkish Parliament Building bombing by the F-16 war jets. Right - A family protesting coup attempt in Turkey. Date: 15/07/2016 - 24/07/2016
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    Photo by Furkan Temir / VII Mentor Program. Left - President of the republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan connects to the live broadcast of CNN Turk with Facetime and calls the citizens to the streets, to rise against the coup. Right - Two girls uploading their photos to social media. Date: 15/07/2016 - 24/07/2016
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    Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. Mahgeswari, the 17-year-old daughter of CKD patient, Ventkataiah, poses for a portrait outside her family home in the village of Kota, outside of Nellore, India on Jan. 13, 2016.
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    Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. Agricultural workers harvest black whole grain in the village of Uchapalli, India on Jan. 16, 2016.
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    Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. A patient receives treatment at the dialysis clinic of the Narayama Medical College in Nellore, India on Jan. 15, 2016
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    Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. A young boy sits in the car with his father, Ajith Rathnayak, 40, who is sick with CKDu, in Lindawewa Medawachchiya, Sri Lanka on July 1, 2016. Rathnayak was diagnosed with CKDu almost two years ago and now this former rice farmer goes to dialysis every 3 days, cannot work and relies on his brother and sister to support him, his wife and two children.
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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII. Soldiers from B.I.R. (Force Intervention Rapide). This special corps of the Cameroon army specializes in the fight against illegal trade of ivory and poaching. In an operation against Boko Haram, they are patrolling the road from Mora to the village of Waza, a village that has suffered several attacks by Boko Haram terrorists. Cameroon, January & February 2016.
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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII. Soldiers from B.I.R. (Force Intervention Rapide). This special corps of the Cameroon army specializes in the fight against illegal trade of ivory and poaching. In an operation against Boko Haram, they are patrolling the National Park of Waza. January & February 2016.
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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII. A Royal Gru, an animal strictly protected, is seen in a restaurant in Maroua, Cameroon. February 2016.
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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII.
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    Photo by Stefano De Luigi / VII. Cameroon landscape. February 2016.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick / VII. Pragnachakshu, founded by Mukta Dagli and her husband Pankaj, both of whom are blind, doesn't focus solely on teaching Braille alongside a standard elementary education. Instead, students at Pragnachakshu, which situated in Surendranagar, a bustling city in the state of Gujarat, are taught a number of vocational skills in addition to academic studies. They are trained to be electrical engineering apprentices as well as cosmetologists, chefs, and computer engineers.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick / VII. Pragnachakshu, founded by Mukta Dagli and her husband Pankaj, both of whom are blind, doesn't focus solely on teaching Braille alongside a standard elementary education. Instead, students at Pragnachakshu, which situated in Surendranagar, a bustling city in the state of Gujarat, are taught a number of vocational skills in addition to academic studies. They are trained to be electrical engineering apprentices as well as cosmetologists, chefs, and computer engineers.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick / VII. Pragnachakshu, founded by Mukta Dagli and her husband Pankaj, both of whom are blind, doesn't focus solely on teaching Braille alongside a standard elementary education. Instead, students at Pragnachakshu, which situated in Surendranagar, a bustling city in the state of Gujarat, are taught a number of vocational skills in addition to academic studies. They are trained to be electrical engineering apprentices as well as cosmetologists, chefs, and computer engineers.
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    Photo by Sarker Protick / VII. Pragnachakshu, founded by Mukta Dagli and her husband Pankaj, both of whom are blind, doesn't focus solely on teaching Braille alongside a standard elementary education. Instead, students at Pragnachakshu, which situated in Surendranagar, a bustling city in the state of Gujarat, are taught a number of vocational skills in addition to academic studies. They are trained to be electrical engineering apprentices as well as cosmetologists, chefs, and computer engineers.
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    Photo by Esa Ylijaasko / VII Mentor Program. Refugees who live at the occupied City Plaza Hotel wait for documents allowing them to continue the journey to other countries in Europe, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Photo by Esa Ylijaasko / VII Mentor Program. Refugee boy catches rain in his hands on the balcony at City Plaza Hotel, Athens, Greece, October 2016.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII.Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters wait for a campaign rally to start in the Field House of the University of Iowa on January 30, 2016. Several musical guests, including Vampire Weekend, performed and Dr. Cornel West spoke before the Vermont Senator took the stage.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Supporters watch speeches on the big screen (left) - a pit bull watches the crowd during a rally in support of Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Celebrations after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII. Donald Trump supporters cheer on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Photo by Ron Haviv / VII. Flags wave throughout the Democratic National Convention as speakers reference the greatness of America at the end on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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    Photo by Ron Haviv / VII. Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton supporters as they watch election returns in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
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    Photo by Ron Haviv / VII. Protestors against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
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    Photo by Jocelyn Bain Hogg / VII. 5:30 on the morning of Friday, June 24 in London's Groucho Club as news broke that the UK has voted to leave the European Union.
VII 2016 Year in Review

Photo of Sarker Protick

VII 2016: Indefinite

Curated by Sarker Protick

“The year 2016 will be remembered by events such as Brexit, Syrian genocide and the continuous unrest in the Middle East, the American election, etc. We have witnessed the passing of great artists and musicians who have shaped the voice of many generations while scientists have declared the age of Anthropocene is now. It will also be remembered as the year when men started driving trucks into crowds.

To many, 2016 has been deemed to be a terrible year. We feel more uncertain than ever of what’s coming.

‘Indefinite’ is a selection of photos by VII photographers that shows a brief projection of what they have witnessed throughout the year. Rather than making a selection of the best photographs of the year, I wanted to create a collective narrative from series of images that evoke the indefinite moment of history that we are experiencing now and how we feel about it.” — Sarker Protick

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Born in 1986, Sarker Protick is an artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh, primarily concerned with light and sound. He is a member at VII Photo and teaches at Pathshala School of Photography.

In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Sarker was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he went on to win a World Press Photo award for his story ‘What Remains’ and was listed in PDN’s 30 emerging photographers of the year.

Sarker’s work have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Dhaka Art Summit, Photo Qaui Biannual, Noorderlicht, Voies Off, Grandprix Foto Festiwal, Organ Vida, Gibellina Photoroad and more.

His works have been published in The New York Times, GEO Magazine, The New Yorker, Le Monde, Liberation, Marie Claire Magazine, Sunday Times, National Geographic, Wired, The British Journal of Photography, Internazionale, The Zeit, among many others. He is represented by East Wing Gallery.

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