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June 13, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting

At Lake View School, Rehema Hajji, nine, applies sunscreen to her younger sister, Fatuma, five, before they step into the sunlight. Sunscreen is expensive in sub-Saharan Africa, but nonprofit organizations, like Under the Same Sun, distribute it for free. Many people with albinism in Tanzania die of skin cancer before turning 40. . About one in 1,400 people in Tanzania is born with albinism and one in 17 carries the recessive gene. Its occurrence varies greatly throughout the world. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70.  Photo by @stephsinclairpix



Praying for rain along the dry banks of the Wombradu River, asking God to bring water to Sudumta village in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia. Photo by @johnstanmeyer



Huni Kuin girls patiently await breakfast in the community of Curanjillo near Peru’s Alto Purús National Park. Contacted by missionaries in the mid-1900’s, the Huni Kuin live in small villages in the Peru—Brazil borderlands and survive mainly on subsistence hunting, fishing and tending small gardens. Peccary, tapir, monkeys and giant catfish provide a protein-rich diet, but living in the most remote part of the Amazon if not the world has its challenges. Access to medicine, proper schooling and other government services is limited. Plus, they reluctantly share the forest with still-isolated tribes who raid the Huni Kuin’s gardens and occasionally villages during their seasonal migrations. Photo by @chamiltonjames



The face of a glacier temporarily frozen for the winter dwarfs a young polar bear as she patrols the sea ice in search of seals. She was only two or three years old and was most likely weaned from her mother this spring. Now, she must use all that she has learned from her mom to survive during these changing times. Photograph by @paulnicklen 



Centro Medico Metro station in Mexico City, Mexico. The 2016 estimated population for the city proper was approximately 8.91million people, with a land area of 1,485 square kilometres (573 sq mi). According to the most recent definition agreed upon by the federal and state governments, the Greater Mexico City population is 21.2 million people, making it the second-largest metropolitan areaof the western hemisphere, behind New York City, the tenth-largest agglomeration, and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Photo by @christian_foto



A group of Samburu, who are semi-nomadic pastoralists, stand looking over the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy from the Mathews Range Mountains. Namunyak’s 850,000 acres contain higher populations of large mammals than any other landscape (protected or unprotected) in Kenya, including the second-largest elephant population in the country, with more than 6,300 individuals. Conservation efforts here are focusing on both preventing habitat loss and stopping the spread of poaching, lead by local communities. Photo by @amivitale



During a rare death ritual in Indonesia family members gather to remove their relatives from graves, change their clothing, dust them off and let them dry in the sun. Photo by @brianlehmannphotography



Surrender is a funny thing. We do it constantly without thinking…when we board planes, get in our cars, or cross the street. We surrender to each other blindly all the time. Surrender in the mountains however has a unique texture. We stare up, calculate the risk, and surrender to the potential consequence. A decision is made to engage with fear and move with it. Fear is rooted in the future… an idea of something that could occur. In that sense, that which we fear isn’t real. The goal then, is to surrender to both the potential consequences and the sensation of fear. Only when I embrace it rather than fight it, am I able to move through it. A good day surrendering and moving through it all with @adrianballinger on Everest. Photo by @coryrichards



In Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains, mother and daughter return from collecting fodder for their animals. It’s a two-hour round-trip on foot between their village and the summer pastures. These chores may be done interchangeably by men or women. Photo by @paleyphoto 



A bull elephant, surrounded by thousands of Red Billed Quelea at a watering hole in Zimbabwe . Quelea’s are the most abundant wild bird species on the planet, all found in sub-Saharan Africa. There an estimated 1.5 BILLION breeding pairs. During the breeding season these birds flock to areas to nest, commonly numbering in the 10’s of thousands and have often been seen in flocks estimated to be over 1 million strong. They can literally blacken the sky in flocks of this size while flying. For farmers it’s a serious problem, these birds can wipe out an entire harvest in hours, leaving your years work and economy leveled. The sound of the birds in flight can sound like a gust of wind or even an incoming airplane when the flock is in great number. Truly remarkable and just another thing to love about Africa. Photo @ladzinski 



 A baby chimpanzee observes visitors to the Kisangani Zoo. Despite being among the most minerally rich countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations, largely due to corruption. The Kisangani Zoo receives just enough funding from visitors to stay open but not enough to maintain healthy conditions for the Chimps, Crocodiles, Snakes, Monkeys, Birds and other creatures that populate the grounds. Organization such as the @janegoodallinst are active in pursuing proper conditions for chimps in the region. hoto by @michaelchristopherbrown



Dorje, a Tibetan yak herder, stands for a portrait at 19,000 ft. on the north side of Everest. For a number of nomadic yak herders in Tibet, the Everest season provides the largest piece of annual income. With hundreds of thousands of lbs of gear and food to be moved up and down the mountain from basecamp to Advanced basecamp, the season is non stop from April thru June. This income can last individuals and families thru the year. It’s a taxing livelihood on both man and animal. That said, it’s welcome work for the community. Photo @coryrichards



A small group of King penguins have trekked high above a crowded beach to rest on grass covered ground in Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island. There are an estimated 100,000 king penguins in this colony. King penguins the second largest penguin (emperor is largest), eat small fish, squid and some krill (they really like lantern fish). Males and females are serially monogamous, choosing s single mate each year for a long breeding cycle that lasts 14 to 16 months. Photo by @jenniferhayesig



A juvenile penguin lose its life to one of Antarctica’s most efficient hunting species. The silver lining is that this balance of life and death at the end of the world has been going for tens of thousands of years. Penguin populations have evolved to produce numbers that will allow predators like leopard seals to thrive. Photograph by @paulnicklen



An orphaned black rhino calf receives breakfast from a ranger @lewa_wildlife, northern Kenya-photograph by  @chancellordavid 



A young girl is surrounded by marijuana plants in a pygmy village overlooking Mount Nyiragongo, a volcano just outside Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Indigenous communities in the Congo have harvested marijuana as long as they can remember. Now, with no land to call their own, they turn to selling—with dire consequences. Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown



In the dying light of evening, Adelie penguins cluster on ice floating just offshore of tiny Paulet Island. By morning, all these penguins would be gone – out fishing for krill or huddled back on Paulet, home to a colony of more than 100,000 penguins. On the northwestern side of the peninsula, Adelie and chinstrap penguin populations have dropped by half over the past 30 years, but on another island near here, on the northeastern side, scientists recently discovered a surprisingly healthy colony of nearly 1 million Adelies. One factor: ice. Sea ice, which helps feed the krill upon which penguins rely, is much more extensive on the peninsula’s northeast side. On the west side sea ice is declining much more rapidly. Photo by @CristinaMittermeier



17 year old Teddy Atuhaire sits in the doorway while her aunt, Olije, peels plantains in the small village of Nmyamirima in western Uganda. Teddy is one of the many faces affected by deforestation.When Teddy was 4 she was taken from her home by a wild chimpanzee. Neighbors heard her screams and gave chase. The chimpanzee climbed into a nearby tree, still clutching Teddy. Men rushed to the scene with axes and began chopping down the tree… I’m currently in the field exploring stories similar to Teddy’s as a result of widespread deforestation in western Uganda. As these forests are cleared, hundreds of chimpanzees are forced to look for alternative food sources. The only option in many places is human crops: corn, mango, papaya, jackfruit, sugar cane and more. This can put them in direct contact with humans, like Teddy, and the results can be devastating to both humans and chimpanzees. Uganda has the climate to replant these lost forests over the coming decades, the issue now is swaying the will of the government and the rural agrarian farmers that desertification is a real issue here and intact forests benefit humans and chimps alike. Photo by @ronan_donovan


Two wrestlers grapple in a 6am practice at the Azumazeki Beya (Sumo Club) practice in Tokyo, Japan. The characters for Sumo literally mean “striking one another”. The idea is to push your opponent from a circular ring or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered a modern Japanese martial arts, the sport has a history spanning many centuries, preserving many traditions. Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated, most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as heya, where all aspects of their daily lives—from meals to their manner of dress are dictated by strict tradition. Photo by @RobertClarkphoto



West Bengal, India: This is Dhakti Dashi, a Bangladeshi widow who has lived in the back of an ashram for over a quarter century. Widowhood in some parts of the world marks a “social death” and a woman is expected to live in mourning for the remainder of her life – but these expectations are fading and laws are starting to be enforced to protect and empower women. Photo by @amytoensing 

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