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2015-02-24 14:48:20 (144 comments, 28 reshares, 309 +1s)Open 

A burmese beauty in Thandwe town. In this, place, most of the women wear flowers in their hair, the place is just 20 mn from Ngapali, the Myanmar "Costa Brava" but have kept a real authenticity as few sunbathers visit the nearby village...Myanmar.
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2015-02-24 14:48:20 (144 comments, 28 reshares, 309 +1s)Open 

A burmese beauty in Thandwe town. In this, place, most of the women wear flowers in their hair, the place is just 20 mn from Ngapali, the Myanmar "Costa Brava" but have kept a real authenticity as few sunbathers visit the nearby village...Myanmar.
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2015-02-24 14:48:20 (144 comments, 28 reshares, 309 +1s)Open 

A burmese beauty in Thandwe town. In this, place, most of the women wear flowers in their hair, the place is just 20 mn from Ngapali, the Myanmar "Costa Brava" but have kept a real authenticity as few sunbathers visit the nearby village...Myanmar.
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2015-05-29 12:50:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Taken with a Sony a7r
The Kuna women always wear a Mola as front and back panels of the blouse. Long time ago the Mola was a painting on the body, but it became a clothing with the missionaries influence! The first reports on this clothing were made in 1514! The Mola is also on the school uniform in the San Blas islands in Kuna tribe.
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Taken with a Sony a7r
The Kuna women always wear a Mola as front and back panels of the blouse. Long time ago the Mola was a painting on the body, but it became a clothing with the missionaries influence! The first reports on this clothing were made in 1514! The Mola is also on the school uniform in the San Blas islands in Kuna tribe.
© Eric Lafforgue
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2015-04-05 08:23:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Sanaa kid, Yemen
For those who are interested by Yemen, i recommend to follow the latest news on Twitter. So many yemeni post pics and infos live, the same who posted few months ago the wonders of their country...
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Sanaa kid, Yemen
For those who are interested by Yemen, i recommend to follow the latest news on Twitter. So many yemeni post pics and infos live, the same who posted few months ago the wonders of their country...
www.ericlafforgue.com___

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2015-04-04 09:19:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Abbe Lake Djibouti
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Abbe Lake Djibouti
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2015-04-03 14:23:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Bana Teenager With Clips, Key Afer, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
If you look for ideas to dress this week end, ask them
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Bana Teenager With Clips, Key Afer, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
If you look for ideas to dress this week end, ask them
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2015-04-03 08:07:25 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

The Chin tattooed women live in the Chin, Rakhine and Arakan states in northwestern Myanmar. The origin of facial tattoos in the region is unknown. Some believe that the practice began during the reigns of Kings long ago. The royalty used to come to the villages to capture young women. The men from the tribe may have tattooed their women to make them ugly, thereby saving them from a life of slavery. Interestingly, I heard a similar origin for body modification among the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia. As legend has it, the tribeswomen began wearing giant lip plates to make them uglier to would-be kidnappers.  Now, the bigger the lip plate the higher the bride price.
For years, access to the tribal Mindat area was restricted by the burmese government. It was opened just two years ago. Only about 700 tourists visit per year. Most of them only visit the bucolic Mount Victoria by bus, never meeting the tattooed... more »

The Chin tattooed women live in the Chin, Rakhine and Arakan states in northwestern Myanmar. The origin of facial tattoos in the region is unknown. Some believe that the practice began during the reigns of Kings long ago. The royalty used to come to the villages to capture young women. The men from the tribe may have tattooed their women to make them ugly, thereby saving them from a life of slavery. Interestingly, I heard a similar origin for body modification among the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia. As legend has it, the tribeswomen began wearing giant lip plates to make them uglier to would-be kidnappers.  Now, the bigger the lip plate the higher the bride price.
For years, access to the tribal Mindat area was restricted by the burmese government. It was opened just two years ago. Only about 700 tourists visit per year. Most of them only visit the bucolic Mount Victoria by bus, never meeting the tattooed women who remain isolated, hours away by foot. Those who do wish to meet them better pack good walking shoes and be prepared to sleep in smoke-filled local houses complete with rats.
There are a few different face tattoo patterns. The spiderweb tattoo is popular in the Mrauk U region. It takes a three hour long tail boat ride to reach this remote area. This tattoo is usually accompanied by a circle in the center of the forehead which represents the sun or lines under the nose symbolizing tiger whiskers.
Another design, known as the bee pattern, is common in the Mindat area. It is composed of dots, lines and occasionally circles. It is worn by the Muun tribe who inhabit the hills of the Arakan state.
The Magan tribeswomen wear huge earrings made of beads and calabashes. They can also play the flute with their noses.
I ventured to Kanpelet village in search of the women from the U Pu tribe who have the incredibly rare whole face tattoo. This is one of the most impressive styles: the entire face is inked up.  Rumors had it that only three women in this area had the tattoo. After hours of off roading, I arrive in the village only to learn that one died recently and another was very ill. I was lucky enough to meet Pa Late. At 85, she is nearly deaf but still works hard with her family in a small house on the top of a little hill.
Pa Late said that a completely black face had become a symbol of beauty in the past. The few women who refused to do it looked ugly to the men. The tattoo took three days but the pain lasted over a month.
There are two ways to make the tattoo needle. The first consists of tying three pieces of bamboo together and the second uses thorns. The ink is a mixture of cow bile, soot, plants, and pig fat. It usually took one day to complete the standard tattoo and a few more for the totally black one. The tattoo artist was a specialist or in some cases a parent. Infection was a common problem as the girls had blood all over their face.
Everything, including the eyelids, was tattooed. Many women say that the neck was the most sensitive area.
Ma Aung Seim shared her memories of the tattoo sessions : “I was 10 years old. The day before the tattoo ceremony, I only ate sugarcane and drank tea. It was forbidden to eat meat or peanuts. During the tattoo session, I cried a lot, but I could not move at all. After the session, my face bled for 3 days. It was very painful. My mother put fresh beans leaves on my face to alleviate the pain. I had no choice if i wanted to get married. Men wanted women with tattoos at this time. My mother told me that without a tattoo on my face, i would look like... a man! The web drawn on my face attracted the men like a spiderweb catches insects!”
Not all the tattooed women live in remote areas deep in the mountains. Some have integrated into modern society. Miss Heu, 67, lives in Kanpelet. Her grandmother forced her to get tattooed. She lives in a modern house and even has TV (when electricity is not out). Chin people have maintained their modesty and shyness: when a movie showspeople kissing or making love, most of them still fast forward the scene.
As a leader in the local community, Miss Heu had the chance to meet Aung San Suu Kyi when she came in the area for a meeting. She is very aware of the tattooed women and the ethnicities that are forgotten by the central government. She says she and Aung San Suu Kyi are friends now. Heu’s daughter has graduated and works in Singapore.
The Chin culture is threatened by the government as their teachers are usually not Chin. For a long time, they fought for independence, but since the country began to democratize, things have calmed down.
“I am old. Soon I will die” says to me a Chin woman from Pan Baung village, while she does the gesture of drying tears from her eyes. In her village, only 6 tattooed woman remain alive. Those women are the last of their kind…
 
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2015-04-02 13:51:15 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

I fear the handprints on this wall in Sanaa will soon be replaced by bullets holes...Yemen.
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I fear the handprints on this wall in Sanaa will soon be replaced by bullets holes...Yemen.
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2015-04-02 07:45:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Child In A Rickshaw, Thandwe, Myanmar
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Child In A Rickshaw, Thandwe, Myanmar
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2015-04-01 15:07:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Rendille Tribe Warrior, Turkana lake, Kenya. Those men are Morane, they are warriors for some years and must protect the cattle and the village. You cannot miss them with their special hairstyle.
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Rendille Tribe Warrior, Turkana lake, Kenya. Those men are Morane, they are warriors for some years and must protect the cattle and the village. You cannot miss them with their special hairstyle.
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2015-04-01 07:29:22 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Thandwe woman, Myanmar
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Thandwe woman, Myanmar
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2015-03-31 13:13:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today in Daily Mail, my story about Yemeni women

Today in Daily Mail, my story about Yemeni women___

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2015-03-31 08:31:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Men Playing Chinlone In Front Of Stupas, Myanmar
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Men Playing Chinlone In Front Of Stupas, Myanmar
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2015-03-29 14:51:05 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Lamu swahili girl, Kenya
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Lamu swahili girl, Kenya
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2015-03-25 07:32:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Hairstyle is a status indicator in Himba tribe. Single men are recognizable by the single plait on the back of their head
(called an “ondatu”) while the rest of their hair is shaved.
Namibia
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Hairstyle is a status indicator in Himba tribe. Single men are recognizable by the single plait on the back of their head
(called an “ondatu”) while the rest of their hair is shaved.
Namibia
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2015-03-23 15:42:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I was lucky enough to be invited by the high monk of the Mindat Monastery in Myanmar to share a meal. After the lunch, i better understood why the novices where not skinny in the place!
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I was lucky enough to be invited by the high monk of the Mindat Monastery in Myanmar to share a meal. After the lunch, i better understood why the novices where not skinny in the place!
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2015-03-18 08:58:18 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Bodi Tribe Young Woman With Sunglasses, Hana Mursi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. She is the daughter of the leader. For some months, made in China sunglasses arrived in this so remote area, business is business. The girls mix the tribal and the western style.
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Bodi Tribe Young Woman With Sunglasses, Hana Mursi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. She is the daughter of the leader. For some months, made in China sunglasses arrived in this so remote area, business is business. The girls mix the tribal and the western style.
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2015-03-17 17:08:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Malekula circumcision masks, Malekula island, Vanuatu.
they have a double face: one in front , one in the back. Women are not allowed to see those masks. Boys are circumcissed when they are 13. It's the main event in their life.The masks are made with spiders nets. For those who like modern art, Picasso had a statue from this tribe,very famous, sit on a chair. Malekula Bitine village.
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Malekula circumcision masks, Malekula island, Vanuatu.
they have a double face: one in front , one in the back. Women are not allowed to see those masks. Boys are circumcissed when they are 13. It's the main event in their life.The masks are made with spiders nets. For those who like modern art, Picasso had a statue from this tribe,very famous, sit on a chair. Malekula Bitine village.
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2015-03-15 12:48:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

“The Buddhist extremists arrived on foot, by boats, and by cars. They had weapons and stones.They started to burn our houses...We had to go away. We ran to the hill where we hid for a few days. We were afraid of being killed. Not all the Buddhists are extremists and want to see our demise. I still have Buddhist friends but it’s harder to see them as tension is high in our communities.”

The religious tension in Myanamar between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims is linked to religious extremist group led by monks. They claim to be the defenders of the Burmese race. A law from 1982 denied the Rohingya people of their Burmese citizenship, thereby removing their freedom of movement, and access to education. It also allows the arbitrary confiscation of their property and lands.The UN has described the Rohingya as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
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“The Buddhist extremists arrived on foot, by boats, and by cars. They had weapons and stones.They started to burn our houses...We had to go away. We ran to the hill where we hid for a few days. We were afraid of being killed. Not all the Buddhists are extremists and want to see our demise. I still have Buddhist friends but it’s harder to see them as tension is high in our communities.”

The religious tension in Myanamar between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims is linked to religious extremist group led by monks. They claim to be the defenders of the Burmese race. A law from 1982 denied the Rohingya people of their Burmese citizenship, thereby removing their freedom of movement, and access to education. It also allows the arbitrary confiscation of their property and lands.The UN has described the Rohingya as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
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Full story here: http://ericlafforgue.com/wp-content/uploads/rohingya.pdf___

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2015-03-13 08:32:00 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Old Turkana tribe woman, Kenya
Turkana women love to adorn themselves with a lot of necklaces. Beads can be made of glass, seeds, cowry shells,
or iron. They never remove them! This can only happen when they are ill or during a mourning time. It means they sleep with
those huge necklaces. By the quantity and style of jewelry a woman wears, you can guess her social status.
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Old Turkana tribe woman, Kenya
Turkana women love to adorn themselves with a lot of necklaces. Beads can be made of glass, seeds, cowry shells,
or iron. They never remove them! This can only happen when they are ill or during a mourning time. It means they sleep with
those huge necklaces. By the quantity and style of jewelry a woman wears, you can guess her social status.
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2015-03-12 07:49:01 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Samburu girls dancing, Turkana Lake Festival, Loiyangalani, Kenya
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Samburu girls dancing, Turkana Lake Festival, Loiyangalani, Kenya
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2015-03-09 13:54:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

New story about the novices parred in Bagan , Myanmar, in Daily Mail today:

New story about the novices parred in Bagan , Myanmar, in Daily Mail today:___

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2015-03-06 10:39:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A risky bath near Mrauk-U, Myanmar
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A risky bath near Mrauk-U, Myanmar
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2015-03-05 07:36:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

A little girl without Thanaka on the face, perhpas the only one i saw during my whole trip in Myanmar! 
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A little girl without Thanaka on the face, perhpas the only one i saw during my whole trip in Myanmar! 
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2015-03-04 12:14:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Kid in  a riskshaw, Thandwe, Myanmar. It was 5 PM in Thandwe, and all the shops were closing. Nobody could really or wanted to explain me why. Never saw an asian town looking like a ghost town at 5 pm! Clashed erupted few months ago between Rohingyas muslim people and buddhists, so i think they run a kind of curfew, even if it is not official. This kid was one of the last human in the town and was leaving with a rishshaw.
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Kid in  a riskshaw, Thandwe, Myanmar. It was 5 PM in Thandwe, and all the shops were closing. Nobody could really or wanted to explain me why. Never saw an asian town looking like a ghost town at 5 pm! Clashed erupted few months ago between Rohingyas muslim people and buddhists, so i think they run a kind of curfew, even if it is not official. This kid was one of the last human in the town and was leaving with a rishshaw.
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2015-03-02 12:47:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

My tattooed women from Burma story in Daily Mail today: 

My tattooed women from Burma story in Daily Mail today: ___

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2015-03-02 12:42:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

“I am old. Soon I will die,” says this Chin woman from Pan Baung village, while she does the gesture of drying
tears from her eyes. In her village, only 6 tattooed woman remain alive. Those women are the last of their kind.
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“I am old. Soon I will die,” says this Chin woman from Pan Baung village, while she does the gesture of drying
tears from her eyes. In her village, only 6 tattooed woman remain alive. Those women are the last of their kind.
www.ericlafforgue.com___

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2015-03-01 10:37:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Time for reflection in Mrauk U , Myanmar
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Time for reflection in Mrauk U , Myanmar
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2015-02-28 07:10:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Men playing chinlone in Myanmar, in front of Mrauk U Temples.
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Taken with Sony a7R
24mm f4,5 1/800 

Men playing chinlone in Myanmar, in front of Mrauk U Temples.
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Taken with Sony a7R
24mm f4,5 1/800 ___

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2015-02-27 13:48:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

My Arirang story in Daily Mail today, the show may not be organized anymore as it costs a fortune to the country...

My Arirang story in Daily Mail today, the show may not be organized anymore as it costs a fortune to the country...___

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2015-02-27 08:41:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Begging for food in Mrauk-U temples... Not a really good choice as the place sees only few visitors per day and has kept its magic atmosphere. Myanmar
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Taken with Sony a7R
24mm f4,5 1/1000 iso 125

Begging for food in Mrauk-U temples... Not a really good choice as the place sees only few visitors per day and has kept its magic atmosphere. Myanmar
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Taken with Sony a7R
24mm f4,5 1/1000 iso 125___

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2015-02-25 08:54:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Yangoon, Myanmar, they were visiting the town, trying to find a quiet place in Shwedagon pagoda to pray between two selfies of tourists.
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Yangoon, Myanmar, they were visiting the town, trying to find a quiet place in Shwedagon pagoda to pray between two selfies of tourists.
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2015-02-25 06:34:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Rohingya girl praying at home in Thindwe, Myanmar
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Rohingya girl praying at home in Thindwe, Myanmar
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2015-02-24 14:48:20 (144 comments, 28 reshares, 309 +1s)Open 

A burmese beauty in Thandwe town. In this, place, most of the women wear flowers in their hair, the place is just 20 mn from Ngapali, the Myanmar "Costa Brava" but have kept a real authenticity as few sunbathers visit the nearby village...Myanmar.
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A burmese beauty in Thandwe town. In this, place, most of the women wear flowers in their hair, the place is just 20 mn from Ngapali, the Myanmar "Costa Brava" but have kept a real authenticity as few sunbathers visit the nearby village...Myanmar.
www.ericlafforgue.com___

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2015-02-24 13:29:01 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The first woman we were searching was dead, the second we found was ill and i refused to take any picture of her, the third, on the picture, was very happy to meet a foreigner, it was the first time she had such a visit. She has the face totally tattooed in black. It was a tradition in the Chin state of Myanmar. She said it was just normal to be like this at this time as any woman with white face was seen as ugly! Few hours from Mindat and after thousands of curves in the hills, Myanmar...
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The first woman we were searching was dead, the second we found was ill and i refused to take any picture of her, the third, on the picture, was very happy to meet a foreigner, it was the first time she had such a visit. She has the face totally tattooed in black. It was a tradition in the Chin state of Myanmar. She said it was just normal to be like this at this time as any woman with white face was seen as ugly! Few hours from Mindat and after thousands of curves in the hills, Myanmar...
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2015-02-24 13:28:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Kothaung Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar
Far from the crowd...
Taken with Sony A7R
24mm f3,5 1/40
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Kothaung Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar
Far from the crowd...
Taken with Sony A7R
24mm f3,5 1/40
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2015-02-24 13:27:52 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Rohingya muslim girl, in Thandwe area. Her village of 41 houses was burnt by buddhists after clashes...Myanmar
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Rohingya muslim girl, in Thandwe area. Her village of 41 houses was burnt by buddhists after clashes...Myanmar
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2015-02-24 13:27:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Chin girl from Mindat, Myanmar. 
Sony A7R with 24-70 
f3,2 -250- iso 500
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Chin girl from Mindat, Myanmar. 
Sony A7R with 24-70 
f3,2 -250- iso 500
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2015-02-24 13:27:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Chin state, Myanmar. As she has circle tattoos on the neck, the place that hurts the most they said, she ll be able to receive some fresh water when she ll meet the Lord of death when she ll pass away...
Only 700 tourists go there each year, most of them to visit a park, and very few meet the tribes who have incredible tattoos, so the people are really different of the former experiences i had in other countries... Myanmar has became a major destination for tourists from all over the world, but some states are still protected from the rush. 
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Chin state, Myanmar. As she has circle tattoos on the neck, the place that hurts the most they said, she ll be able to receive some fresh water when she ll meet the Lord of death when she ll pass away...
Only 700 tourists go there each year, most of them to visit a park, and very few meet the tribes who have incredible tattoos, so the people are really different of the former experiences i had in other countries... Myanmar has became a major destination for tourists from all over the world, but some states are still protected from the rush. 
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2015-02-24 13:26:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Women drying fishes on Ngapali beach,Myanmar, they will be sold to Bangladesh.
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Women drying fishes on Ngapali beach,Myanmar, they will be sold to Bangladesh.
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2015-02-24 13:26:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

On the way to Mrauk-U. The long tail boats add a very loud soundtrack to the river trip. 
Myanmar
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On the way to Mrauk-U. The long tail boats add a very loud soundtrack to the river trip. 
Myanmar
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2015-01-26 16:16:43 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Hamer Tribe Kids In A School, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
More and more in the villages, the government has built some schools. Very few kids go there, learn to write, and seem happy to be there, going in and out of the classroom! 
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Hamer Tribe Kids In A School, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
More and more in the villages, the government has built some schools. Very few kids go there, learn to write, and seem happy to be there, going in and out of the classroom! 
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2015-01-26 15:13:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Rusty Red Star Sign On A Grave Of A Cemetery In Kochkor Area, Kyrgyzstan
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Rusty Red Star Sign On A Grave Of A Cemetery In Kochkor Area, Kyrgyzstan
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2015-01-24 18:23:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My Borana story in daily mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2923519/They-use-butter-style-hair-think-taking-photos-draws-BLOOD-Fascinating-world-Kenya-s-Borana-tribe-revealed.html



My Borana story in daily mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2923519/They-use-butter-style-hair-think-taking-photos-draws-BLOOD-Fascinating-world-Kenya-s-Borana-tribe-revealed.html

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2015-01-23 09:14:39 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Old Afar tribe woman, Assaita, Ethiopia. The local government wishes to make this area a touristic one in the next years, they even "used" my pictures to ptomote it, as i discovered it i the "touristic" brochure in their own office!. Good luck guys!
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Old Afar tribe woman, Assaita, Ethiopia. The local government wishes to make this area a touristic one in the next years, they even "used" my pictures to ptomote it, as i discovered it i the "touristic" brochure in their own office!. Good luck guys!
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2015-01-22 14:58:27 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Menit tribe man, they live near the sudanese border in Ethiopia, are not so famous, but have really special haircuts... It is better to arrive soon in the morning than late in the afternoon as they love alcool...
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Menit tribe man, they live near the sudanese border in Ethiopia, are not so famous, but have really special haircuts... It is better to arrive soon in the morning than late in the afternoon as they love alcool...
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2015-01-21 18:47:20 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

My full set of pictures from my last Kurdistan trip=

My full set of pictures from my last Kurdistan trip=___

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2015-01-21 08:12:20 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Somailand, Zeila area...We stop at a few roadside settlements within a short period of time. When I ask my driver if we are lost, he replies with a smile, “No, I am just looking for nomads that I can pay by cell phone for camel milk!” In no time, the transaction is completed by sending a SMS. I can only sit back and admire this entertaining example of technological advancement in such a traditional country. 
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Somailand, Zeila area...We stop at a few roadside settlements within a short period of time. When I ask my driver if we are lost, he replies with a smile, “No, I am just looking for nomads that I can pay by cell phone for camel milk!” In no time, the transaction is completed by sending a SMS. I can only sit back and admire this entertaining example of technological advancement in such a traditional country. 
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2015-01-20 17:09:01 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Before a Donga, a stick fighting, some Suri men from omo valley in Ethiopia drink the fresh blood of their cattle during the Blood meal ritual. It consists in making a small incision in the cow’s carotid artery with a special sharp arrow in order ro make it bleed almost two liters of its blood. The warrior has got to drink the entire content in one as blood coagulates quickly. Sometimes warriors do not manage to drink all of the blood contained in the calabash in one mouthful, and vomit all the blood they swallowed .Surma believe the cow’s blood is full of vitamins that enable warriors to be fit. They are always happy to share the blood with the photographer!
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Before a Donga, a stick fighting, some Suri men from omo valley in Ethiopia drink the fresh blood of their cattle during the Blood meal ritual. It consists in making a small incision in the cow’s carotid artery with a special sharp arrow in order ro make it bleed almost two liters of its blood. The warrior has got to drink the entire content in one as blood coagulates quickly. Sometimes warriors do not manage to drink all of the blood contained in the calabash in one mouthful, and vomit all the blood they swallowed .Surma believe the cow’s blood is full of vitamins that enable warriors to be fit. They are always happy to share the blood with the photographer!
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2015-01-19 17:01:24 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

A Syrian Family Inside Her Tent In Qushtapa Refugee Camp, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
I first met them one year ago, in the same camp. They were just arriving, displaced by El Hassad army bombings on their syrian village. They just lived under a tent, without nothing and they just had some twins babies. Now they have built concrete walls around their tent, have TV, electricity... They will remain in this camp for years and years.The twins are called Hawler (the name of Kurdistan capitale in kurdish) and Kurdistan. Everything is overpriced in the camp and they spend huge amount of money just to feed the babies. Now, the father is in charge of the tea distribution in the camp. A serious job for those refugees.
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A Syrian Family Inside Her Tent In Qushtapa Refugee Camp, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
I first met them one year ago, in the same camp. They were just arriving, displaced by El Hassad army bombings on their syrian village. They just lived under a tent, without nothing and they just had some twins babies. Now they have built concrete walls around their tent, have TV, electricity... They will remain in this camp for years and years.The twins are called Hawler (the name of Kurdistan capitale in kurdish) and Kurdistan. Everything is overpriced in the camp and they spend huge amount of money just to feed the babies. Now, the father is in charge of the tea distribution in the camp. A serious job for those refugees.
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2015-01-18 19:20:07 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Happy Timkat to all my ethiopian and eritrean friends!
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Happy Timkat to all my ethiopian and eritrean friends!
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2015-01-17 11:44:06 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

In Ethiopia’s remote Omo Valley, the tribes adhere to traditions. Some rules are based on powerful superstition. The word of the Elders is never questioned. One such belief is that a village must kill any child known as “mingi” or cursed.
A child can be Mingi for many reasons:
-Teeth Mingi: if the first tooth appears in the
upper jaw, instead of the lower, the kid
becomes Mingi, and this applies to the baby
teeth and the adult teeth.
-Girl Mingi: babies born out of wedlock
-Woman Mingi: when couples are married
but do not have their marriage or pregnancy
approved by the elders, their babies could
be Mingi.
-Twin Mingi
-Deformed Mingi: children born with
abnormalities.

Being declared Mingi almost always means death to the child. The tribe will leave the child alone in the bush without food and water or will throw the child inthe m... more »

In Ethiopia’s remote Omo Valley, the tribes adhere to traditions. Some rules are based on powerful superstition. The word of the Elders is never questioned. One such belief is that a village must kill any child known as “mingi” or cursed.
A child can be Mingi for many reasons:
-Teeth Mingi: if the first tooth appears in the
upper jaw, instead of the lower, the kid
becomes Mingi, and this applies to the baby
teeth and the adult teeth.
-Girl Mingi: babies born out of wedlock
-Woman Mingi: when couples are married
but do not have their marriage or pregnancy
approved by the elders, their babies could
be Mingi.
-Twin Mingi
-Deformed Mingi: children born with
abnormalities.

Being declared Mingi almost always means death to the child. The tribe will leave the child alone in the bush without food and water or will throw the child in the middle of the river full of crocodiles or leave it out for hyenas.
Thanks to Omo Child NGO, Karo have stopped this tradition!
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