Here in Italy it's winter and the first snow has arrived, it's a joy especially for the children who can play them, they know they can come back to a warm and welcoming home. But there are places in the world where snow is not experienced with joy but as an amplifier of problems. This photo was taken on the mountains above Sapa in Vietnam. Here it never snows, the last time it was 25 years ago, after a moment of incredulity mixed with joy to have seen the snow for the first time the problems have come up. The children did not have adequate clothes and the fire in the houses could not heat them. It is a sad story that has had a happy ending. I decided to do something, so I showed the pictures of these children to friends who owned sapa hotels and restaurants in Vietnam and abroad, telling them that something had to be done. I went away from sapa after a few days, I was sad to not be successful but the seed I had planted had not died after a few days I received some photos that filled me with joy. A large collection of funds and clothes was organized in Sapa and distributed to needy families. including the children in the picture. Sometimes we think we do not have the possibilities to help others and that people are selfish, but it is not true. Sometimes a small gesture is enough to start a wave and often people wait for this little gesture to be part of the wave. Sapa Vietnam 🇻🇳 #tribes#instaghesboro#nikonitalia#nikonistas#worldmastershotz_asia#ig_eurasia#igs_asia#everydayasia#big_world_photo#kings_third_age#people_storee#reportagespotlight#zonestreet#remotexpeditions#creativeimagemagazine#thehub_people#loves_united_people#splendid_people#worldcolours_people#sapa#sapavietnam#vietnam#vietnam 🇻🇳 #vietnamesegirl#hmong
A vida simples do sertão.
Landinho Pé de Bode é um de tantos outros personagens marcantes de Canudos Velho.
Um dos últimos que toca com maestria um oito baixo, Landinho é, sem sombra de dúvidas, uma lenda viva. .
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A portrait of Aga Tha, 12 years old novice monk. His parents sent him at the age of 6 years old to the temple to get free education. Now he’s thinking to quit because his master is getting old and he doesn’t like the others masters of the temple. Hopefully he can find another temple around the village to follow education.
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The Chinese five starred red flag in an alley of Kashgar, a reminder of what government is in control here. As I explored Kashgar I began to notice something that felt strange. There seemed to be what I can only describe as an invisible wall between myself and the local Uyghur people. They were not unfriendly in the least, but beyond a short greeting there was almost never any connection or bonding on a deeper level. I soon learned from a local source that this was not my imagination. Over the past couple years with new leadership of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region has come an even greater grip of control on the Uyghur people. Policies have been instated that forbid Uyghurs from interacting with foreigners in an attempt to isolate the population and limit sensitive discourse. My local friends tried to take me to the university in Kashgar but I was not allowed on the premises and the students said they were unable to speak with me. This is not a policy that is enforced on sight but the idea behind it has clearly been instilled throughout Xinjiang. There are a few factors that have led to the escalation of the crackdown in Xinjiang. Oppressive control of the region has culminated in violent resistance directed toward the Chinese in past years which, in turn, resulted in strict militarization and surveillance of the Uyghur people. The region is also a key zone for China’s massive One Belt One Road trade strategy and President Xi Jinping has shifted much of his securitization focus to the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The Uyghur people live in a police state under constant watch and as the international community has begun to recognize this crisis, the Chinese government’s paranoia of foreigners is heightened. The situation in Xinjiang is complex and there is more to it than can be described in some Instagram captions. More to come soon.
As an old colonial town, Barichara boasts
a great amount of unbelievably beautiful doorways. With their soft pastel colors, looking at them makes me feel instantly on holiday, like if I was somewhere around the Mediterranean Sea.
But nope, I am in one of the most beautiful towns in Colombia, and it has nothing to envy. 🙌🇨🇴 Barichara, Colombia
Portrait of Bishnoi woman, Jodhpur
Bishnoi (or Vishnoi) is a Hindu religious sect found in the Western Thar Desert and northern states of India. The name, Bishnoi is loosely translated as 29. This number stands for the 29 prime principles of this region, which restricts the villagers from cutting trees, killing animals, wearing blue color and many others.
Locals welcome tourists to visit their village, watch their daily routine and even share opium with the tourists. Yes, opium is grown legally for religious purpose. You can also learn how to make a drink out of opium here.
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The Hmong Batik is a traditional art made by the Hmong community on hand loomed hemp. They design symbol representing their lives and surroundings using hot bee wax and a tjanting tool. Once the wax has dried, it is dyed in a natural indigo vat to get the dark blue color 🐝