Belarus is considered by many to be Europe’s last dictatorship. The president, Alexander Lukashenko, has been in power since 1994. He rules the country with authoritarian laws that have stifled free speech, political activism, and press freedom. On August 9th 2020 a presidential election was held in #Belarus. Despite there being a strong democratic opposition for the first time in years—with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya—Lukashenko somehow won with 80% of the vote. Almost immediately evidence of vote-rigging was shared online. That same night, the people of Belarus took to the streets to protest. Thousands flooded into the country’s capital of Minsk. As this was happening, the government shut down the internet and blocked all the exits to the city. Thousands of riot police were deployed all over Belarus to stop the protest marches. They attacked protesters viciously.
The Anglophone Crisis, also known as the Ambazonia War, or the Cameroonian Civil War, is a conflict in the Southern Cameroons region of Cameroon. In September 2017, separatists in the Anglophone territories of Northwest Region and Southwest Region (collectively known as Southern Cameroons) declared the independence of Ambazonia and began fighting against the Government of Cameroon. The Ambazonia Military Force (AMF) is one of the handful of Anglophone rebel groups fighting this guerrilla war. The Anglophone Crisis has already seen half a million people displaced since 2016 and it continues to this day. Read full article: here
This photographic series documents the world’s largest annual pilgrimage: Arba’een. An event that commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali (the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, who was killed by Yazīd on the 10th day of the month of Muharram), and takes place in Karbala, Iraq. This year, over 15-million Shi’a Muslims from all corners of the globe journeyed to the small city of Karbala, Iraq to pay their respects. Every single pilgrim is fed, watered, and sheltered completely for free by the generosity of local and international people throughout Arba’een. The event, which is not organised or facilitated by any official body or government, happens without shortages, any major incident, or terror attack. Pilgrims pass through two holy shrines to complete their journeys. They wave flags and banners and some reenact scenes, while others slap their faces and bodies, but almost everyone weeps – men, women and children alike.
A collection of stand alone photographs from 2016 onwards.
A selection of portraits from 2016 onwards.
Belarus celebrated a day of national military defence by revisiting historical battles including the Soviet-led military “Rogachev-Zhlobin Offensive”of February 1944 and the Soviet troops retreating from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989 after a decade-long war, where nearly 30,000 Belarusians fought under the Soviet flag. Stalin Line was the heavily fortified western border of the Soviet Union during WWII. In Belarus, a section has been turned into an interactive museum and is home to thousands of Soviet War artifacts including guns, missiles, bombs, fighter planes, and helicopters.