Oil fires set by retreating Iraqi troops raged throughout Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War in 1991. In the al-Burgan oil fields just south of Kuwait City a young donkey, blackened with oil, seemed oblivious to the fiery landscape surrounding it as it pulled some bedding from an Iraqi trench and playfully tossed it in the air. I stood and photographed the animal in amazement until the late afternoon light began to drop. As I walked back to my car, I felt that I was being followed and turned around to see the donkey standing nearby, gazing at me. I felt a wave of guilt, thinking to myself that there was no way it could survive long out here in this oil soaked and burning desert. About a year later I received a call from John Walsh of the World Society for the Protection of Animals. He had seen my photograph and told me that he was in Kuwait at the same time to help save the zoo animals in Kuwait City. He too had driven out to the oil fields. And he too had seen the donkey. He had put it in the back of his pick-up truck and later had given it to a family in Kuwait City. That was one call I never dreamed of getting.
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At the risk of getting killed by sniper fire a mother comforts her son as they visit the grave of a loved one. During the war in the former Yugoslavia UNICEF studied Sarajevo's 65,000 children. It found that 76 percent of the children believed they were going to die soon; at least 40 percent had been shot at by snipers; 51 percent had seen somebody killed; 39 percent had seen one or more family members killed; 19 percent had witnessed a massacre; 48 percent had their home occupied by someone else; 73 percent had their home attacked or shelled; and 89 percent had lived in underground shelters.
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In Vukovar young children have recess in front of their bombed out but still functioning school.
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Six-year-old Eldin Isovic, who lost his hands and eyesight after he picked up a live grenade, blows bubbles while convalescing in a Sarajevo hospital.
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"Forceful intervention in Chechnya is unacceptable. If we violate this principle, the Caucasus will rise up. There will be so much terror and blood that afterward no one will forgive us." --Russian President Boris Yeltsin August 1994.Four months later Russian troops invaded Chechnya.
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A woman kisses the Russian Orthodox cross in front of a destroyed church in downtown Grozny.
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An elderly woman takes her belongings to find a new place to stay after Russian soldiers occupied her apartment.
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Russian soldiers take up positions around Grozny’s parliament building.
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Bodies are laid out at a mass grave on the outskirts of Grozny in hopes that they will be identified.
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Russian women attend a church service in their destroyed church. Almost half of the residents of Grozny are Russian.
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A woman walks through the destroyed downtown of Grozny.
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A young boy peers out of a bus as he and other refugees flee fighting in Chechnya.
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Welding clubs members of the Omon chase down gypsies attempting to escape.
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A mother and child watch as their tent is toppled and destroyed.
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Gypsies find their camp completely surrounded.
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Forty Kilometers outside of Moscow gypsies find they have no place to run as their camp is raided by Moscow's special police force "the Omon." After their site was destroyed the gypsies were put on a train back to their homeland in the Ukraine.
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The men of the camp are handcuffed and separated from the women and children.
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The gypsies are put onto buses and taken away.
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A young boy's face is marked with frostbite after his family managed their escape from Abkhazia through the Caucus Mountains.
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Georgian soldiers keep guard near the border with a tank.
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Armed fighters watch as a helicopter overcrowded with refugees slowly takes off.
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Georgian refugees fleeing the fighting in the breakaway republic of Abkhazia, plead to get on the last helicopter that evening.
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A girl guards her family's belongings, as her parents prepare for them to spend another frigid night in the mountains.
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A woman frantically waves us down while driving her car toward us. She tearfully cries out, pointing just down the street, "Over there, by the mosque. They just shot a boy in the head. His brains are still on the wall. Please hurry!"We jump out of our car, run past a group of Israeli soldiers and head toward a tiny alley on the side of a plaza. There a group of wailing women and children stand in front of a large pool of blood.An old woman comes up and tells me she had seen the whole incident from her window: Two Israeli jeeps, filled with soldiers looking for stone throwers, trap a young Palestinian in the alley. A soldier jumps out of his jeep and shoots the youth in the head, she said. Later, we heard the Israeli Army's version: Three soldiers in a jeep were trapped in the alley by stone throwers. One of the soldiers, while cocking his rifle to fire in the air, was hit by a stone; as he fell, his rifle went off, accidentally killing the boy.Both versions were hard to believe. But after being in the West Bank for a week, I had concluded that much of what I saw made no sense.
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A Palestinian and an Israeli soldier warily eye each other in a scene that repeats itself over and over again on the Israeli occupied West Bank.
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A child holds up a tear gas canister that was fired at them by Israeli soldiers.
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In the Kasbah of Nablus Israeli soldiers round a corner only to find themselves confronted by a mob of Palestinian youth angered by the death of one of their own and ready to challenge soldiers with rocks and sling shots.
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The streets of Nabulus turns to chaos as Palestinians prepare to bury 20-years-old Ragheb Abu Amara who was killed during one of the many clashes between Israeli and Palestinians.
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A Palestinian woman upset by the death of Ragheb Abu Amara walks past a boy readying himself to confront the Israeli soldiers.
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With a knife and rocks in hand a Palestinian youth stands guard in Nabulus.