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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The long nights in Gaza

 

During the war in Gaza this summer, 17.000 houses were destroyed. Twice as many as in the previous war. Now, the families have moved back to their homes – trying to find back to normality in a neighborhood in ruins. We spent the night with three families trying to understand how it is to live in the ruins. Together with journalist Per Christian Selmer Andersen we meet Jamal who waits in vain on the roof of his bombed house for help organizations to reach him. The father Hani who have learned to fix bullet holes, but not to talk with his children about the war. And about 18 years old Imen who have lost all her books – and every night goes to the window to see over to the Israelis she hates.

Published in A-magasinet 10/10/2014.

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