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Sectarian war in the Central African Republic.

land of scars

Central Africa in 2011, Christians and Muslims live together in the same villages, next door. In peace. One year later. Central Africa is de facto divided, Christians and Muslims became enemies. Christian and Muslim oriented militias killing each other. The majority of the Christian population…



The Yazidis are a mostly Kurdish-speaking people who adhere to Yazidism, an ancient religion that melds various theological and mythological religious traditions. Throughout their long history, Yazidis have been singled out repeatedly for persecution. Under Islamic law as observed by ISIS, Yazidis are officially given…


Black Death

Plague, Yersinia pestis, Scourge of God, or the Black Death – the plague has many names. It is known if at all, from the history books. Plague is a disease with a long history. Especially in the Middle Ages numerous plague epidemicscarried large parts of…


Promised Land – Syrian Refugees in Iraq

  The war of the Syrian regime against its own population has triggered the world’s largest refugee movement since the massacres of Rwanda 20 years ago. There are 21 million Syrians. Nine million of them are on the run, most major within Syria. In the…


depleted uranium – the silent genocide?

  The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think they might be right. It…


pasung – punished by the gods

  Not far from the glistening beaches of Bali, mentally ill people are kept in chains or locked up in small shacks. Locals simply don’t know what else to do with them. But psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani has made it her job to set them…


black metal – music or more?

  Black Metal is a subculture emerged in Norway in the 1980s which rapidly spread throughout North and Central Europe. This scene sets a high value on limitation, their identifying features are burning churches, extremist ideas, murder, satanism and pentagrams. At performances, it is usual…


weekend warriors

  Playing german and american soldiers in the time of world war II isn’t just a famous hobby in the United States any more. “Reenactment” the free time war is called and it’s not bearing on politics, so the performers say. Original uniforms, blank cartridges…


sünnet düğünü – the muslim circumcision

  With circumcision, around 1.5 million young Turks annually do the first step into manhood and thus become a full-fledged muslim. Whether they like it or not – the ritual is mandatory. Kemal Özkan, the most famous circumciser in Turkey, had more then 115,000 operations…

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