The war in Syria is getting closer and closer to Libanon. We traveled to a Hizbollah-controlled town the Bakaa-valley where they are struggeling with the effects of the war. ISIS and Al-Qaida have kidnapped some 25 Lebanese soldiers in the area and are now blackmailing their families.
Tearsheets from Dagsavisen:
The war raging in Eastern-Ukraine has turned Donetsk into a ghost town. It once was one of the biggest cities in the region with over one million residents. Now, halv of the population has fled, leaving the streets and shops empty. Story in Aftenposten.
I spent the last week in Donetsk, Eastern-Ukraine for the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten together with journalist Helene Skjeggestad.
We were stuck for two days in the Ukrainian bureaucracy, so we only got to spend about 48 hours in Donetsk. When I was there in December, the situation was much more calm. Now, the shelling was quite intense on large areas across Donetsk region, making the situation for the civilians very difficult with a lot of casualties. It also made our working conditions more challenging. Here are some of the pictures and videos we made:
It has been an intense year. From fighting in Donetsk, to a mining accident in Turkey, to flooding in Norway and to destruction in Gaza.
And a lot of nice things, as well.
Here are some of the pictures from 2014.