Srebrenica: To give the victims their names back

Please have a look at the full-length photo-essay on the identification work done by the ICMP (International Commission on Missing Persons) regarding the 1995 Srebrenica genocide: http://goo.gl/X8OlBl

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Close relatives are burying the recently identified remains of Nermin (19) and Samir (23) Selimovic who were killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Old gold leaf maker – Mandalay

The process of gold leaf making is exhausting. Most workers have to stop with 45 at
the latest as their constitution doesn’t allow them to work anymore. Nevertheless the
job is eligible. Not only good paid, the buddhist workers also can acquire merit for
their next life!
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An old gold leaf maker in Mandalay is sorting gold leaf pieces wrapped in bamboo paper. 

Gold leaf maker – Mandalay

 

Gold Leaf workers in Mandalay. In the first step one piece of gold (24 grams) in a thin bamboo paper is beaten with a 3,5kg hammer for half an hour. The workplace is sacred and only allowed to enter barefoot. After the gold leaf is cut again into smaller pieces, the workers have to hammer for another five hours. The workers hammer for one hour and then have a 15 minute break, which is usually used to sort the gold leaf pieces. After 6.5 hours of hammering the gold leaf is about only a thousandth part thick. The process of gold leaf making is exhausting. Most workers have to stop with 45 at the latest as their constitution doesn’t allow them to work anymore. Nevertheless the job is eligible. Not only good paid, the buddhist workers also can acquire merit for their next life!
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Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar).

Srebrenica commemoration

Bosnian women are mourning at the coffin of a relative prior to the mass burial at Potocari at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.
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Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Roma girl feeding doves

After other kids have finished feeding doves at the fountain in the center of Baščaršija in Sarajevo, this Roma girl, who is begging on the street, started to pick up the leftover seeds to feed the doves herself.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Weeping mother – Srebrenica

A mother is weeping at her son’s grave minutes after the burial at the 19th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide where 175 newly identified victims have been laid to rest.

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Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina.