Claudia Joana Cruz (22) stepped on a landmine in 2013 while she was returning from a field trip on the countryside in Cauca. From that day she recalls: “I lost consciousness after the blast and they told me later I was losing a lot of blood. The reason they had to amputate so high was due to the infection. It took almost five hours until I was finally given medical assistance."
More than 11,400 people have been injured or killed by landmines since 1990. Uncleared minefields remain an obstacle to development and resettlement in areas of Colombia.
A peace accord has ended the fighting but the countryside is littered with land mines and criminal gangs are growing reclaiming territories left by FARC demobilized rebels. Deming is one of the challenges this hopeful nation faces after five decades of Civil War.
Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. Follow me @juanarre to see more about the challenges and changes Colombia is undergoing. #postconflict#thehealingofcolombia#dailylife#peace#Colombia#peaceproces#landmines#medellin
Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Looming above the residential landscape, the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station are the largest of their kind in Europe. A coal-fired power station, and one of fourteen in the UK before its closure in early 2016, Ferrybridge C employed over 800 people during the height of its operations. It was considered no longer economically viable by its owners to keep the power station open. Its closure on 31 March 2016 removed 3.4GW of capacity—about 4 per cent of the country’s total—and followed the closure in late 2015 of Kellingley Colliery, Britain’s last deep-coal mine, just a few miles down the road. The UK government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. However, fears that the country will be unable to maintain secure electricity supplies could spell trouble for coal phase-out plans.
Girl with red lips and a red rose. This child was in some kind beauty pageant and had her lips painted red which match the scarlet rose on her dress. An older child stands by her side, a faintly pink ribbon in her fingers. Pictures are so much a sum of their details as is this one.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Khayelitsha township, South Africa - extraordinary to recall how much time we spent attending funerals in Cape Town, South Africa 2003 whilst working on Living(+)Positive. We always found ourselves looking back at the mountain, our hearts and feet firmly held in the dust of the townships whilst documenting those living with HIV - so many have benefited from free access to ARV’s - it’s only now when looking through this work for a client that it slowly dawns on me how many we lost; how many shacks and houses we visited over a period of a year or so simply to find them empty. Thankfully South Africa introduced free antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the public sector in April 2004 after a lengthy battle between activists and former President Thabo Mbeki and Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, and ARVs' effectiveness. As of 2016 the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate in South Africa was approximately 12,7% of the total population. The total number of people living with HIV was therefore estimated at approximately 7,03 million in 2016. For adults aged 15–49 years, an estimated 18,0% of the population is currently HIV positive. To see more of my work and projects follow me here @natgeo and @thephotosociety@chancellordavid
Photo by @renaeffendiphoto // Captured #withgalaxy Note8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Passengers paddle across on a "dingi", a small wooden boat used by both street vendors and regular commuters to ferry across Buriganga river in Sadarghat, the old Port of Dhaka that dates back to the 17th Century. In the times of the Mughal Empire this port became a hub for the European traders for its strategic river location, the city that formed around it was nicknamed the Venice of the East. Today this bustling port located in the southern part of the city services up to 100,000 people daily. As I stood on top of a triple-decked ferry and watched the boats traverse back and forth sliding smoothly across the river, I felt a moment of serenity in the city with the highest population density in the world.
Photo @williamodaniels for @natgeo.
Ghulam Ishaq, a Karachi shopkeeper, didn’t trust the polio vaccine. Now he blames himself for the double misery of his four-year-old daughter, Rafia: one leg withered by polio, the other broken by a car she couldn’t dodge. Karachi, Pakistan is one the last places on earth that hasn’t eliminated polio in addition to Afghanistan and Nigeria. In the last stage of polio eradication, Pakistan has made tremendous progress towards poliovirus transmission interruption and eradication but it still faces some resistance among the more traditionalist communities such as the Pashtuns, as some believe vaccination is a plot from the West against muslims. This picture was the opening of the story Why Vaccines Matter, published in the November issue of the magazine.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
Pictured here is the view looking up at the entrance of Eisriesenwelt Eishöhle in Austria, with the Alps in the background. Not only is Eisriesenwelt one of the most spectacular ice caves in the world, it is also one of the field sites for the scientists working at the University of Innsbruck on similar climate related studies as Dr. Marc Luetscher. @natgeocreative
A North Korean sailor stands guard inside the captured U.S. ship, the USS Pueblo, on display at the War Museum in Pyongyang in August 2017.
On January 23, 1968, exactly 50 years ago today, the USS Pueblo was seized by North Korea and 83 Americans were captured and held for 11 months.
For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites by @dguttenfelder
A team of divers swim through coral gardens at Keeper Reef, Great Barrier Reef.
It is incredibly difficult to predict coral spawning - a phenomenon that only happens at night. During the day divers patrolled the reef to determine the ideal spot to photograph at night.
Once the boat anchored for the night, with the moon shining brightly the water column was checked every 15 minutes for the signs of coral spawning.
Full story is available online with words by Sarah Gibbens