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Earlier this year I took some time to write out personal purpose statements. These are statements that reflect my core values and act as a guiding light when it’s time to make challenging decisions. One of those purpose statements reads: “Be the best ultra runner I can be so that others are inspired to push their own limits.”
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This instagram feed is a place where I showcase my video and photo journalism from around the world, so I don’t post too much about my other pursuits, such as my life as an ultra runner. But yesterday, while running a 9.5 hour 31.2 mile unsupported circumnavigation around Mount St. Helens (see insta story for that adventure), I thought about how my values as an athlete relate to my values as a storyteller.
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In whatever I pursue, whether in athletics or storytelling, I strive to reach my potential. And I believe you can only reach your potential if you’re outside your comfort zone… if you’re staring fear and uncertainty in the face and running towards it.
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Every one of us has the strength to attempt something we are not sure if we can accomplish. For me as a storyteller, it was moving to Zambia this past January to create my first long form documentary about maternal and infant health. For me as an athlete, it was yesterday’s unsupported ultra, and it’s the 100 km race on the horizon in mid August.
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The reason I love ultra running is because it encapsulates the essence of how I want to live my life. I want to push my limits. And in pursuit of that, I want to lean into the unknown and embrace adversity. I want to find the untapped sources of strength and creativity that lie somewhere beyond what I believe is possible. Ultra runner Dean Karnazes writes, “If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself — expanding and learning as you go — you’re choosing a numb existence.” I choose to live fully. What about you?


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In the heart of the hills⛰️


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Lines lines lines ⚡️


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"While on a walk with my dog Tucker & a friend in Nov 2010 we found Lucy alone in Lin Park. My friend decided to keep her & we named her on the way home. After a few days my friend decided she couldn't keep her so I took her into my family. Tucker was getting older. In Nov 2016 Tucker had recently passed & I wanted to do something special with Lucy. Being a single mom, Lucy is my family & my support. She is an integral part of Hugo’s daily life now. Hugo’s first word was “dog”. - @tifferkle #maternityphotos #maternityphoto #WhyILoveGNV #ig_supershotz #staysaltyflorida #bestofgainesville #doglovers #rescuedogs #portraiturephotography #sunset #natgeo #Instagram_florida #LoveFL #clickmagazine #nationalgeographicexplorer #Floridastateparks #nature_sultans #naturesultans #skysultans #FLStateParks #Florida_greatshots #PureFlorida #explorida #roamflorida #wildlifephotographer #floridaexplored #natgeoyourshot #gainesvillefl #sunsetorsunrisemagazine #sunrise_and_sunsets


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“It’s not about the money. I have a job. I work at a cancer research center. But my passion is music. So on Friday evenings I come here and play on the streets. With all the negative things going on, playing music is my way of adding a bit of positivity to the world. People come up to me on the street all the time and tell them how it makes them happy. When I play the flugelhorn, it is my chance to create some good in this world.” - Reggie Goings, 61


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The Whale Museum in Husain was impressive. We spotted the #nationalgeographicexplorer in port. #husavik #iceland #flyingfarabaughs #motherdaughtertrip


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Ketemu juga nih sama penjelajah #explorer #natgeo #nationalgeographicexplorer


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In between shark searching and equipment testing, I’ve finally had time to get some writing done! Check out the first blog of the field season to find out what we’ve been up to. Link in bio. #irishbaskingsharkstudygroup #nationalgeographicexplorer #coastalexplorers #sharkscience #baskingshark #shark #inishowen #malinhead #scicomm


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Time is precious ✨


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Whale watching in Húsavík. What an experience!!! Also saw white-beaked dolphins, puffin birds and the National Geographic Explorer docked in Húsavík! #Húsavík #gentlegiantswhalewatching #husavikwhalewatching #humpbackwhale #icelandadventures #nationalgeographicexplorer


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Northern Fulmar gliding over an exquisite ocean surface just off the bow of our ship near #Siglufjordur in #Iceland
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#lindbladexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions #icelandmoments #adventuretravel #birdsoficeland #birdlife #birdphotography #expeditionship #nationalgeographicexplorer


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TOMORROW my first film from my reporting in Zambia, entitled “The Carpenter,” will be published by @theatlantic! I am so excited to share David Miti’s inspiring story with you all.
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If you have 6-and-a-half minutes to spare tomorrow, it would mean the world to me if you watched it. Telling this story definitely changed me, and my hope is that it will make an impact on you too ❤️
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Stay tuned!


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A visit to #VigurIsland provided an opportunity to photograph this magnificent peak ‘Hestur’ (horse) under a fairly typical northern #Iceland sky!
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#lindbladexpeditions @lindbladexp #natgeoexpeditions #adventuretravel #expeditionship #nationalgeographicexplorer #visiticeland #icelandmoments #icelandiclandscape #birdlife #tedsmasters @teds_cameras @zenfolio @atlaspacks


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“Football is so important for us kids because it lets us clear our minds.” - Leila, 12, from Daraa, Syria living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan


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This is Maher Bano, whose daughter was born at home just a few hours before Nicholas Kristof and I arrived at her house in Lucknow, India back in 2015. The baby was underweight and in danger of dying. The best medicine in this context is breast milk. Studies show that prompt breast-feeding reduces neonatal mortality by 44 percent.
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But Maher Bano said that for the first 24 hours, the baby would be given only tea with honey.
“I’ll breast-feed the baby tomorrow, or the next day,” she said, explaining that she was following the guidance of the traditional birth attendant who had helped her deliver the baby.
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Why am I posting this today? This week a NY Times report came out about how American government officials tried to derail a World Health Assembly resolution that encourages breast-feeding. The resolution said that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and that countries should strive to limit the misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
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US officials tried to remove language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have harmful effects on young children.
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Unfortunately, the US government is bowing down to powerful companies and disregarding women like Maher Bano, who need access to accurate information in order to save their childrens’ lives.
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Trump tweeted, “Many women need [formula] because of malnutrition and poverty.” This makes no sense. Infants who are not breast-fed are 14 times more likely to die than those who are exclusively breast-fed. And breast milk is free.
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Unethical marketing practices from formula makers is a longstanding problem that has contributed to a decline in breast-feeding in low-income countries. And it’s a shame the US government is now playing a role in this misinformation campaign.
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Current estimates backed by the World Health Organization and Unicef are that optimal breast-feeding would save 800,000 children’s lives a year in developing countries. So US government, what do you say we hop on board the morality train?


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Me and my African buddy!
The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin, is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters.
#jakubthetraveller #traveler #explorer #explore #nationalgeographicexplorer #nomad #wanderlust #southafrica #capetown #penguin #africanpenguin #bffgoals #northface


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Pamela Hachiswenya was born on April 24th in a rural Zambian village called Katoba. She was born to her mother Grace, father Peter, and four siblings. As I spent 4 months in Zambia telling the story of Grace’s pregnancy and delivery for my documentary film with @natgeo on maternal and infant health, I too felt like I became part of the family! And I miss my family in Katoba! So today I called my cab driver in Zambia (he has WhatsApp) and had him call the Hachiswenya family (they don’t have WhatsApp) to check in. Here is the update on their beautiful 11-week old baby, Pamela, who they named after my mother ❤️
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“Pamela is ok,” Peter said over the phone. “Last week she received immunization for polio. The girl has improved to 6.8 kg. She is a very healthy baby. But she is giving us some headache though because she is a very short tempered baby. When she starts to cry she will not do breast feeding. So those are some of the challenges we are facing.”
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I miss my weekly visits to Katoba village to see Grace, Peter, and their family, but just hearing their voices again fills me with so much joy! Peter signed off his message, “Greetings to the family of Austin. This is all I have for you for now my brother.”
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As I get more updates from the Hachiswenya family, I will keep you all posted! Thanks for following their family’s journey over the pas 5 months! Editing on this whole project begins very soon :)


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“My father passed away 3 years ago. I’m the oldest of 6 brothers and sisters so my mother told me I needed to start working to support the family. I started working here at Petra as a local guide. The money I make as a guide supports my family. I take people to views, to the caves, to the entrance. I like that I get to meet new people and practice speaking English. This spot here is my favorite, looking over the treasury. The view is beautiful. In the future I want to be a member of the army who works here in Petra in case anything goes wrong. I will always be in Petra. It is my home.” - Mohammad, 15


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“When the war started in Syria, my parents were so afraid for us kids. There were a lot of bombs and a lot of blood. I was so sad to leave my country but because of war we had to leave to come to Jordan. First we moved from city to city in Syria to get to a safer place. After that, we walked with a big group and a guide to the Syria-Jordan border, but we got lost in the desert. We were lost in the desert for two days. I was so afraid when we were lost. I didn’t know what would happen.” Ali, 13 (see 2nd photo)


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Thanks to the National Geographic Explorer Grant we were finally able to get our car! Now we can reach our Atlantic Forest capuchin research field site and 23 schools surrounding San Rafael National Park! Thank you National Geographic! @insidenatgeo @para_la_tierra @pro_cosara #science #conservation #togetherparalatierra #environmentaleducation #nationalgeographicexplorer #primates


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Út um gluggann minn liggur #Nationalgeographicexplorer #Flatey #fuglalíf


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Riding my motorcycle and having a daily yoga practice are two of my greatest teachers in how to keep calm and focus and breathe in the midst of the storm! Finding a new strength within myself and developing it through a daily devotion of taking care of myself and loving myself right here right where I’m at. It’s not just the daily yoga practice for me but also having amazing teachers who are so supportive and helpful in guiding and creating space for that growth in classrooms full of people who are also in similar journey. I just completed my personal goal of taking two yoga classes a day for 31 days and something strange happened... today is accidentally day 33 of two classes a day. This morning I got stuck at a light on my way to class and instead of stressing about how long the light might be I decided to see how many deep long breaths I could take and enjoyed my time at the light and was kind of bummed that I had only made it to 4.5 breaths because for some reason I wanted to make it to 8 breaths. 😂🙏 Sending huge gratitude to all of my teachers and friends that I get to practice with on a regular basis. #WHYILoveGNV #BestofGainesville #storms #stormlovers #natgeo @natgeo #paynesprairie #WhyILoveGNV #BestofGainesville #Gainesville #Instagram_florida #LoveFL #motorcycle #yellowlotus #lotusflowers #nationalgeographicexplorer #Floridastateparks @natgeo #natgeo @natgeowild @natgeoyourshot #FLStateParks #Florida_greatshots #PureFlorida #explorida #roamflorida @photopills #wildlifephotographer #floridaexplored #natgeoyourshot #gainesville #gainesvillefl #gatornation #uf #ufgators @ufloriday #WHPJourney #yogagainesville


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Los mejores recuerdos, nadando con tiburones ballena 🦈🦈 #nationalgeographicexplorer #mejoresvacaciones #MelodyMakerCancún 🌴🍸🍹🌴


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Friday feeling... it’s almost the weekend! Tag one or more friends your looking forward to hanging out with! Baby alligators hanging out in a pod near mom. Baby alligators may hang out in these pods up until the age of 3 years old. #BestofGainesville #Instagram_florida #gogators #LoveFL #nationalgeographicexplorer #Floridastateparks #natgeo #Itsgreatuf #nature_sultans #alligators #Florida_greatshots #FLStateParks #PureFlorida #naturesultans #floridaexplored #natgeoyourshot #gainesvillefl #chompville #gatornation #WildlifeiG #friyay #fridayfeeling #roamflorida #explorida #ig_myshots #itsgreatuf #WhyILoveGNV #sweetwaterwetlandspark #gatorpod #ig_photooftheday


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#iceland scenery today at the town of #seydisfjordur with the #nationalgeographicexplorer


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Today I left Jordan and returned to America with an entirely new perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis. Over the past 10 days I was fortunate enough to hear personal stories from kids like Leila, an incredibly sweet and smiley 13 year old girl who has lived in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp for six years.
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“I just remember the planes, the sky, and the sound of the bombs,” Leila recalls about the start of the war. “I remember when we would go hide. In our houses we had rooms under the floors and we went there and would hide until the planes left.”
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The scale of the refugee crisis is so mind numbing that it’s easy to think about the people fleeing war in terms of a dehumanizing statistic. But these past 10 days I didn’t see a statistic. I saw Leila. I met Taghrid. I spoke with Rasha.
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These past 10 days I didn’t sit at home watching CNN’s familiar images of destroyed buildings and border crossing chaos. I passed a soccer ball with Sara. I shared an orange juice with Ali in his family’s home. I ate cotton candy with Aziza.
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Conceptually I always knew: Syrian refugees are exactly like me. But it’s not until you meet people like Leila that that concept goes from something you think in your head to something you feel in your heart. Leila doesn’t deserve to be locked into a camp in the middle of the desert. She deserves what we all deserve: peace, freedom, and the opportunity to reach her full potential.
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If you’re interested in supporting refugees like Leila around the world, check out @theirc at www.rescue.org


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'Nothing goes wasted in nature'
Here the butterflies are sucking the organic matters from the remains of the dead decaying bird. Six groups of Butteflies are aggregating on the dead bird namely. Swallowtails, Blues, Yellows & Whites, Brushfooted, Skippers, Punches & Judies. The dead animal remains thus provide substantial source of food for other organisms.
#biodiversity #butterflies #wildlifesurveys #nationalgeographicexplorer #nationalgeographicsociety


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“What I wear under my eyes we call kohl. It’s a Bedouin tradition. I collect wood from a special kind of tree in the mountains. I put the wood in a covered dish on the fire. After a half hour the wood burns and becomes ash. Then I put a little oil in it and I put it around my eyes. The kohl stays on for three days. It protects my eyes from the wind, the sand, and the sun. Jack Sparrow stole my style.” - Ali, 20


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#sunset
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Idukki queen of Kerala
with its wild beauty and misty hills and valleys and waterfalls "idukki truly is god own country"
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“My first memory of the war was when my older brother went out to buy bread for the family, and on his way to get the bread, he was shot by the Syrian army. Thankfully he survived. I have been living in Zaatari refugee camp for six years, but my brother is still in Syria. Right now he is trying to get into Jordan but the border is closed. I hope he gets in. I would be so happy to see him.” - Ali Nabnab. 12. From Daraa, Syria.
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Ali’s brother is one of the 270,000 Syrians who, in the last two weeks, have fled their home in Daraa, a city in southwest Syria that has become ground zero for the latest Syrian government offensive against the rebels. In the last two weeks alone, 293 people in the region have been killed. Refugees are heading to the Jordanian and Israeli borders but neither country is willing to accept them.
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Jordan is providing aid to the displaced but is refusing to allow more Syrian refugees into the country. Jordan hosts 1.3 million Syrian refugees but closed its borders in 2016 after an ISIS suicide attack killed six of its border guards. The Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi says Jordan has “reached its capacity.”


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Delivered my oral presentation yesterday, the video produced by @hikinghack communication students played without issue and the rest of the presentation was delivered well. Got a lot of great questions afterwards which was fantastic. #atbc2018 #nationalgeographicexplorer #acousticecology #bioacoustics #dbsnus #raspberrypi #aureas


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Me and my poster on altitude shift over 80 years of the amphibians on mount Kinabalu. #atbc2018 #nationalgeographicexplorer #mohamedbinzayedspeciesconservationfund


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The moment I met Taghrid, a 12-year-old Syrian girl who has been living in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp for the past two-and-a-half years, I knew she was special.
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She is passionate about learning: “I love studying more than anything else in the world. I want to discover things that humans have not discovered before. One day I want to return to Syria and teach science.”
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She is optimistic: “Refugee children around the world need to keep hope. Keep trying. There is always going to be problems but it’s important to have hope.”
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And she is wise beyond her years: “A message I have for Americans is to be united. If they have issues like we do in Syria right now, if something bad happens, I want them to be united.”


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Photo by @RalphLeeHopkins // Kittiwakes swarm in front of a #BlueIce cliff after a calving event. #TidewaterGlacier in Northern Spitsbergen. Land of the Ice Bears expedition to Svalbard on board the #NationalGeographicExplorer. [Canon 1DXII, 100-400mm, f14@1/400 sec, ISO 400]

#Norway #Svalbard #Spitsbergen #Arctic #ClimateChange @LindbladExp #LindbladExp @NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoExpeditions @NatGeo #NationalGeographic @NatGeoTravel #NatGeoTravel #bhphoto @bhphoto #TeamCanon #CanonUSA #Picoftheday #WildPlaces #OneWorld #WonderfulWorld #RePost #iLCP_Photographers #BirdWatching #Birds.nature


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National Geographic dinner with all the explorers present #nationalgeographicexplorer #atbc2018


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Saif Aldebese is a 27-year-old Jordanian working for World Vision in Azraq, a Syrian refugee camp in Northern Jordan. Azraq houses over 36,000 refugees, 57% of which are children. It is Aldebese’s job to give these children an outlet to play, learn, and move beyond the trauma of the war they fled. “I focus on the psycho-social development of kids and use sports to help them be present in the moment,” he says.
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Yesterday, Aldebese was helping me translate a conversation I was having with a young Syrian girl. I asked her “What do you remember about the war in Syria?” When I asked the question I could see Aldebese get uncomfortable. He started to ask her the question, and then paused. He looked back at me. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I am not comfortable asking that question.” “Why?” I asked.
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“We work so hard to get these kids to forget about the war,” said Aldebese. “They have encountered many difficulties, like loss of a parent or brother, hunger, pain, destruction of houses, and killings. We use play to get them to forget because these children need to live decent and happy days and get out of pain and hatred.”


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What impact are we actually making by putting on soccer camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan? We are only here for a short time. We play a simple game with the kids and then send them back to their normal lives. What difference are we making? That’s the question we @kickstart.joy coaches discussed on our drive to Zaatari Refugee Camp yesterday.
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My answer to that question is this... we give kids a chance to just be a kid. We give them a chance to laugh, run, and play. For the 2 hours they are on the field, all they have to think about is the beautiful game. That is all that exists. They can forget about the hardships and responsibilities put on their shoulders that most children in the world never have to think about. For a moment, they can forget about the death and destruction of the war they fled.
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I know a couple hours of soccer probably won’t change lives in a big way. But I think it’s important to not discount small wins.. the little moments of joy and progress. Because when you add up all the small wins, from our project to a piggy bank donation on the other side of the world... together we can make a big difference we can all be proud of.


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Showing the students @sarab.sethi’s awesome python script for producing false-colour spectrograms out of soundscape data. They’ve also learnt how to inspect data in Audacity and running sound analysis in R and in Aureas. #bioacoustics #acousticecology #r #audacity #aureas #atbc #python #atbc2018 #nationalgeographicexplorer


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Two boys ride down the street across from the Champs-Elysees, the name for the main street in Zaatari Refugee Camp. In Zaatari, bicycles are the main means of transportation for residents to move around the sprawling camp.


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Finishing the last for the workshop requires some coffee 😍 Today I’m ensuring that the answers on what the participants want to learn that I got from a pre-workshop survey is incorporated. #atbc #atbc2018 #bioacoustics #bioacousticanalysis #nationalgeographicexplorer #wildlifereservessingapore #acousticecology


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Sara (left) is 8. Aziza is 7. They are cousins. They are giggly. And they hang onto each other as they run around the soccer field under a relentless Jordanian sun. Sara and Aziza are Syrian refugees. When their families fled the civil war they walked across the desert to Jordan where they now live amongst 80,000 other refugees in Zaatari refugee camp.
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Today I was lucky enough to meet Sara and Aziza as I documented the story of Kickstart Joy, a foundation that, for the next 5 days, is bringing the joy of soccer to children living in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps.
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I met 200 kids today. 200 kids ranging in age from 6 to 13 who completely inspired me. These are kids who have witnessed death, destruction, and suffering on a scale that is unimaginable. And yet they are still thriving, optimistic, and still glow with that wide-eyed child-like innocence that makes children a light in a world that often looks too dark.


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Made it to Kuching, prepping the last things for the workshop and the presentations I’m giving #atbc #atbc2018 #nationalgeographicexplorer #wildlifereservessingapore #bioacoustics #passiveacousticmonitoring


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“My mother died in 2009. She was admitted to the hospital, slept for two days, and then died. It was a heart attack. I was shocked. My mother taught me patience. She encouraged education. And now I am a mother to three boys. I try to teach my children to be good in society. To be honest. To have a kind heart. To be generous. Because one day we all must leave this life, and when we leave this life, I want us all to be talked about in a good way.”


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“Everyday I used to walk from Paris Square to here. But that day, this is back in 2014, for some reason, I walked a different way. I stepped off the sidewalk and a car hit me. I broke 17 bones. The surgery cost a lot of money and I couldn’t afford it. So now I am like this. I can’t stand up like a human being. I have no life anymore. I tried to hang myself three times, but each time, something told me to take it off. I felt something is not right. God did not want me to die then. The only thing that gives me hope now is my son. He says, ‘I need you.’ It makes me feel life again.”
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Mohammad Kurdi, 57
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Decided to go to a farm one day , and a lovely cow kept staring at me. It was kind of intimidating, but I like to think I won the staring contest. Nonetheless, I feel like I made a new friend that day. #utahunique #everytraveler #solotravelingisfun #travelphotography #travel #trail #neverstopexploring #nature_perfection #nature #cliff #mountain #picoftheday #instagram #instagood #hiking #climbing #summit #landscapephotography #sunset #sunsets #nationalgeographicexplorer #pictureline #winter #snow


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