The widows of Maidan

More than 100 people died in the violence on Kiev’s central Independence Square, known as the Maidan, a year ago.
Together with journalist Per Christian we met with the widows who lost their husbands who fought for independence.
The story was published in DN Lørdag.

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Libanon on the verge of conflict

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:

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Ukraine war turns Donetsk into ghost town

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.

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Civilians trapped in Donetsk

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:

Story in Aftenposten. 

Link to the story. 

Link to the story. 

The border between Ukraine and "Donetsk People Republic" is a area under heavy shelling.

The border between Ukraine and “Donetsk People Republic” is a area under heavy shelling.

Posters from the Sovjet era in a bomb shelter in Donetsk.

Posters from the Sovjet era in a bomb shelter in Donetsk.

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In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet era, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

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In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet area, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet era, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

Water is pouring out from the ground. Every hour they have to drain the water.

Water is pouring out from the ground. Every hour they have to drain the water.

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Sasja and Natasja's house and garage was shelled.

Sasja and Natasja’s house and garage was shelled.

Shelled museum in Donetsk.

Shelled museum in Donetsk.

Sasja and Natasja's house and garage was shelled.

Sasja and Natasja’s house and garage was shelled.

Svetlana and Valera brings home emergency aid that they received from Russia. The sign says: to the bomb shelter.

Svetlana and Valera brings home emergency aid that they received from Russia. The sign says: to the bomb shelter.

Locals in the Kievsky-district have been without water and electricity for two weeks due to shelling.

Locals in the Kievsky-district have been without water and electricity for two weeks due to shelling.

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Ukrainian soliders and police in Kramatorsk.

Ukrainian soliders and police in Kramatorsk.

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Aftenposten front page

Aftenposten front page

Civilians gather in Donetsk to pray for the city and soliders.

Civilians gather in Donetsk to pray for the city and soliders.

 

 


2014 in pictures

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.
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Local miners search for bodies and debris after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine in July, killing 298 people. In the days that followed the locals where assigned to locate the bodies while the pro-russian separatists guarded the site.

Local miners search for bodies and debris after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine in July, killing 298 people. In the days that followed the locals where assigned to locate the bodies while the pro-russian separatists guarded the site.

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A woman lies on the ground, killed by shelling in a residencial neighborhood in Donetsk on July 22th 2014. The summer in Donetsk turned violent after fighting between pro-russian separatists and the Ukrainian military increased. Over one million people has fled after the war in Eastern-Ukraine broke out, leaving over four thousand people killed.

A woman lies on the ground, killed by shelling in a residencial neighborhood in Donetsk on July 22th 2014. The summer in Donetsk turned violent after fighting between pro-russian separatists and the Ukrainian military increased. Over one million people has fled after the war in Eastern-Ukraine broke out, leaving over four thousand people killed.

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During the war in Gaza, over 100.000 homes was destroyed or damaged and 2000 people where killed. Now, the families have moved back to their homes - trying to find back to normality in a neighborhood in ruins.
Ziad Abu Assar boils coffee with his children on a fire in the ruins of what was once a garage. His home is completely destroyed, so he lives in an apartment with his family in Gaza City.

During the war in Gaza, over 100.000 homes was destroyed or damaged and 2000 people where killed. Now, the families have moved back to their homes – trying to find back to normality in a neighborhood in ruins.
Ziad Abu Assar boils coffee with his children on a fire in the ruins of what was once a garage. His home is completely destroyed, so he lives in an apartment with his family in Gaza City.

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When she heard the explosions, Imen ran over to her big brother Mahmoud. She woke him up, and screamed that they had to run away. The pigeons in the garden fled and the chickens were killed by smoke and dust, but the whole family survived. They since returned to their destroyed home and found many undetonated grenades lying around. They scraped out the explosives and used them as decoration.

When she heard the explosions, Imen ran over to her big brother Mahmoud. She woke him up, and screamed that they had to run away. The pigeons in the garden fled and the chickens were killed by smoke and dust, but the whole family survived. They since returned to their destroyed home and found many undetonated grenades lying around. They scraped out the explosives and used them as decoration.

When the night comes, Jamal prays on the roof of his bombed house in Gaza. His house in Shejaiya was one of 100.000 houses which was damaged or destroyed during the war this summer.

When the night comes, Jamal prays on the roof of his bombed house in Gaza.
His house in Shejaiya was one of 100.000 houses which was damaged or destroyed during the war this summer.

When the children in the Harara-family returned to their bombed house, they found undetonated shells. They scraped out the explosives and used them as flower pots. Now, the UN is struggles to reach out to the population in Gaza about how unexploded shells from the war should be handled.

When the children in the Harara-family returned to their bombed house, they found undetonated shells. They scraped out the explosives and used them as flower pots. Now, the UN is struggles to reach out to the population in Gaza about how unexploded shells from the war should be handled.

Jørn Heggbrenna, age 45, helps his neighbour with salvaging furniture from a basement after a severe flooding in Trysil, Norway. Several homes where damaged, and many had the evacuate when a large area in Trysil was flooded.

Jørn Heggbrenna, age 45, helps his neighbour with salvaging furniture from a basement after a severe flooding in Trysil, Norway. Several homes where damaged, and many had the evacuate when a large area in Trysil was flooded.

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