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Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. (2018) . From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. Please follow the link in my profile for the full story on @audubonsociety. . #kenya #owl #endanger #persecution #environment #audubonmag #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki / @VIIPhoto. It’s been seven years since Silvana Hinestroza Mendoza first spoke publicly about being raped by members of a guerrilla group who kidnapped and tortured her when she was a young woman. More than 15,000 Colombian women and girls were raped or otherwise sexually abused during the country’s civil war; many remain too terrified or ashamed to tell anyone. After spending most of a hot Wednesday afternoon with reporter @jillfilipovic recounting some of the most intimate details of the worst days of her life, Silvana retreated to her grandson’s bedroom. Finally speaking the truth about what happened, Silvana said, feels good, even powerful – like a layer of shame peeled back with each telling. But each telling also means exposing painful scars, literal and metaphorical. I photographed Silvana at that axis of strength and depletion, as she sought out the grounding weight of her grandson’s small body, and offered him the soft foundation of her own. These are questions everywhere: whose stories we choose to believe, what weight we give a woman’s words against a man’s, whether women have exclusive jurisdiction over our own bodies. It is simultaneously dignifying and terrifying for women to tell the secrets more-powerful men demand we keep, and it’s never felt so important to listen, to believe, and to acknowledge the personal courage and integrity of the women who share their stories with us. “I feel light,” Silvana said after our interview ended. “Like I was carrying something really heavy and I put it down.” — #VIIPhoto #NicholeSobecki #VII2018 #2018

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Toronto friends, the opening reception for my exhibition 'A Climate for Conflict' is this Saturday May 12 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm, at the @rukajgallery. A very warm welcome if you're in town! . The show will run through the month as part of the Scotiabank @contactphoto festival, alongside some wonderful exhibitions across the city by photographers including @richard_mosse, @gordonparksfoundation and others. . #CONTACT2018 @viiphoto #viiphoto #nicholesobecki #exhibition #climateforconflict #somalia

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Photos by @nicholesobecki / @VIIPhoto. ‘Everyone Is Beautiful During Eid’ is up now on the @nytimes, a journey into the lives of Zanzibaris celebrating the end of Ramadan. . #eid #ramadan #celebration #tradition #islam #beauty #zanzibar #tanzania #nicholesobecki #viiphoto @viiphoto

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Photo by @NicholeSobecki / @VIIPhoto from her project "A Climate for Conflict." Ahmed Abdi Omar, 17, holds tight to the rope around a captured porcupine just outside Aynabo, Somaliland, on July 17, 2016. Two weeks before a member of his community, Mohamed Gaagaale, was shot dead by a neighbor after a dispute over access to land for grazing. — Through photography and rare archival imagery, "A Climate for Conflict" explores the environmental roots of conflict in Somalia, and the ways its woes spill beyond its place on the map. This project is on view at the Nikola @RukajGallery in #Toronto through May 31 as part of the Scotiabank @ContactPhoto Festival. An opening reception will be held this Saturday, May 12, from 12:00 - 6:00 pm. — #CONTACT2018 #Exhibition #NicholeSobecki #VIIPhoto #ClimateChange #Somalia

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Photo by @nicholesobecki / @viiphoto | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. Visit audubon.org and follow @audubonsociety for the full story. #kenya #owl #audubonmag #nicholesobecki

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I love the determination on Agnes Jebet Ng'etich’s face here, looking out across the remote Kinamket village in western Kenya where she grew up. At 16-years-old she’s one of Kenya’s most promising up and coming athletes, and was one of the distance runners featured in the @natgeo story on human performance and the Kenyans who are dominating in this sport. The piece explores how far we have come in our never-ending quest to go faster, higher and farther. Standing on this escarpment with Agnes the heights she may reach in her career as a runner felt boundless. Photo by @nicholesobecki #kenya #running #humanperformance #everydayafrica #everydayeverywhere #nicholesobecki

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Glad to share that there are scholarships available to join @dannywilcoxfrazier and myself at our @viiphoto workshop Rising Fast: Africa’s changing urban spaces, taking place in Nairobi this November 11 - 17, 2018. . If you're a photographer from #Kenya, #Rwanda, #Burundi, #Ethiopia, #South Sudan, #Tanzania or #Uganda please consider applying. Would love for you to join us! Link to workshop in my profile, and please reach out with any questions. . @viiphoto @viifoundation #nicholesobecki #workshop #kenya #risingfast #photography #education #joinus!

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Photo by @nicholesobecki / @VIIPhoto. The forgotten pyramids of Meroë in eastern Sudan. . #pyramids #meroe #sudan #history #beauty #nubian #kingdomofkush #nicholesobecki #viiphoto

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An opposition fighter keeps watch as nearby troops take a position as they push west outside of Ras Lanuf after taking the city back from troops loyal to Qaddafi in Eastern Libya, March 5, 2011. Photo by @nicholesobecki. Get this iconic signed @VIIPhoto print for only $100 til April 18 via the link in my bio. Also available is a beautiful wooden box set featuring a print from all 29 members of #viiphoto, for $1500. #printsale #fromthearchives #nicholesobecki #flashsale #viiarchive #photosale

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Jane Amana looks out a gap in the home she was forced to abandon due to insecurity in Laikipia, Kenya, after armed men occupied her land in 2017. Laikipia is where the lush volcanic green of the Rift Valley begins to turn to arid plains. Many here say that it’s also the frontier of modern Kenya. A spectacular and precarious part of the country, Laikipia is being transformed by climate change, population growth, ethnic populism, and rapid social change—all of which have created a complex web of conflict that may be a litmus test for Kenya's future and environment. #kenya #laikipia #environment #nicholesobecki Repost via @natgeo

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Forced to leave her home after armed men took over the area; shines spotlights onto truths (1) dt’s ignorant hateful anti immigrant and scorn for humans in need of asylum is anti humankind (2) the arid horror of wasteland (read below) demonstrates that the climate change continuing to morph our world is REAL - These issues of humanity, rights, environment are interwoven globally. #appreciationpost for @natgeo educating us. Know FACTS. #climatechange #humanrights #fugative #desperate #activism #justice #powercorrupts #gunskillpeople #immigration #knowledge #africa #weallbleedred #repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Jane Amana looks out a gap in the home she was forced to abandon due to insecurity in Laikipia, Kenya, after armed men occupied her land in 2017. Laikipia is where the lush volcanic green of the Rift Valley begins to turn to arid plains. Many here say that it’s also the frontier of modern Kenya. A spectacular and precarious part of the country, Laikipia is being transformed by climate change, population growth, ethnic populism, and rapid social change—all of which have created a complex web of conflict that may be a litmus test for Kenya's future and environment. #kenya #laikipia #environment #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Jane Amana looks out a gap in the home she was forced to abandon due to insecurity in Laikipia, Kenya, after armed men occupied her land in 2017. Laikipia is where the lush volcanic green of the Rift Valley begins to turn to arid plains. Many here say that it’s also the frontier of modern Kenya. A spectacular and precarious part of the country, Laikipia is being transformed by climate change, population growth, ethnic populism, and rapid social change—all of which have created a complex web of conflict that may be a litmus test for Kenya's future and environment. #kenya #laikipia #environment #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Jane Amana looks out a gap in the home she was forced to abandon due to insecurity in Laikipia, Kenya, after armed men occupied her land in 2017. Laikipia is where the lush volcanic green of the Rift Valley begins to turn to arid plains. Many here say that it’s also the frontier of modern Kenya. A spectacular and precarious part of the country, Laikipia is being transformed by climate change, population growth, ethnic populism, and rapid social change—all of which have created a complex web of conflict that may be a litmus test for Kenya's future and environment. #kenya #laikipia #environment #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Jane Amana looks out a gap in the home she was forced to abandon due to insecurity in Laikipia, Kenya, after armed men occupied her land in 2017. Laikipia is where the lush volcanic green of the Rift Valley begins to turn to arid plains. Many here say that it’s also the frontier of modern Kenya. A spectacular and precarious part of the country, Laikipia is being transformed by climate change, population growth, ethnic populism, and rapid social change—all of which have created a complex web of conflict that may be a litmus test for Kenya's future and environment. #kenya #laikipia #environment #nicholesobecki ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #instagood  #sun #SPIcollective  #indiapictures  #friendsinperson #magnumphotos  #burnmagazine #indianphotography  #natgeo #lonelyplanetindia  #incredibleindia  #dslrofficial #humanity_shots_  #people_infinity ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #snapseed  #happy  #love  #art  #nature  #followme #photography  #style   #bollywood  #talent  #india

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | A hawk takes flight in the ancient port town of Maydh, Somaliland, which lays quiet and nearly abandoned. Ever since a civil war brought down Somalia's government in 1991, the country's 2,000 miles of coastline—the longest in continental Africa—has been pillaged by foreign vessels. It took @lauraeheaton and I two days to drive here from Hargeisa through the Al Mado mountains and onto the lunar-like plains that guided us to this once vibrant city. @groundtruthproject #somalia #environment #climateforconflict #nicholesobecki Photo Credit: @gaia.magick

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @nicholesobecki | On a sunny afternoon, an engineer relaxes in the azure waters of a geothermal spa, which draws its mineral-rich water from condensed steam at the Olkaria geothermal power generation complex in Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya. Power generated from geothermal steam has become Kenya’s most reliable source of energy, accounting at times for close to half of all power production. On assignment for @natgeo. #greenpower #geothermal #kenya #nicholesobecki Would love to go thr💚

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ On a sunny afternoon, an engineer relaxes in the azure waters of a geothermal spa, which draws its mineral-rich water from condensed steam at the Olkaria geothermal power generation complex in Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya. Power generated from geothermal steam has become Kenya’s most reliable source of energy, accounting at times for close to half of all power production. On assignment for @natgeo. #greenpower #geothermal #kenya #nicholesobecki Photo by @nicholesobecki |

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Jangan lupa Like, Komen & Share , Photo by @nicholesobecki | On a sunny afternoon, an engineer relaxes in the azure waters of a geothermal spa, which draws its mineral-rich water from condensed steam at the Olkaria geothermal power generation complex in Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya. Power generated from geothermal steam has become Kenya’s most reliable source of energy, accounting at times for close to half of all power production. On assignment for @natgeo. #greenpower #geothermal #kenya #nicholesobecki #Discovery #discoverychannel #discoveryindonesia #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeoindonesia #nationalgeographic.id

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had a good ol time splashin through the windy mist to go check out the Portraits of Little Village exhibit by the young people of @yollocalli at @lumachicago 🙌🏽 theyre truly so talented and have the illest mentor/teacher @beodddierich . . If you get a chance, the show will be up until june! . . also peep the main exhibit rooms featuring some strong narrative photos about climate change effects in somalia by #nicholesobecki about #sistaazhood x fashion in capetown by #janhoekjoh and #duranlantink and racial issues in Brazil by #luisadorr 💥 💥 💥

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Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @nicholesobecki | Nearly four years ago, I met this Eritrean family as they carried their belongings through Adi-Harush Camp, Ethiopia, in the midst of a light rain. They’d left behind one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations: a country of about 4.5 million, governed by a dictatorship, that has played an outsize role in the migration crisis. At the time, the cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea seemed intractable, a tense stalemate that had endured since 2000. With the arrival of peace last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this family, and the many others who fled their homes, and what this new opening means for them. #ethiopia #eritrea #migration #peace #nicholesobecki @prophetofluv - #regrann

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Don't take for granted the basic luxuries we have and other countries do not. #appreciatethelittlethings Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki - #regrann #redefiningyf #veterans #army #marines #airforce #navy #coastguard #militarywomen #militaryspouse #military #transition #networking #womenveterans #servicewomen #veteran #jblm #resources #Shift #transformation #community #soldierforlife #soldiers #soldierforlife #Shift #next

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Dunia itu Beragam tdk Seragam .... #Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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Jangan lupa Like, Komen & Share , Photo by @nicholesobecki | Nearly four years ago, I met this Eritrean family as they carried their belongings through Adi-Harush Camp, Ethiopia, in the midst of a light rain. They’d left behind one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations: a country of about 4.5 million, governed by a dictatorship, that has played an outsize role in the migration crisis. At the time, the cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea seemed intractable, a tense stalemate that had endured since 2000. With the arrival of peace last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this family, and the many others who fled their homes, and what this new opening means for them. #ethiopia #eritrea #migration #peace #nicholesobecki #Discovery #discoverychannel #discoveryindonesia #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeoindonesia #nationalgeographic.id

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#kenya #somali 4 ağustos 2016, kenya. dadaab mülteci kampı içerisinde bulunan bir medresede eğitim gören somali'li çocuklar. 2011 yılı somali'de, şiddetli kuraklık sonucu komşu ülkelere büyük bir göç yaşanmıştı. 📷nichole sobecki #madrassa #medrese #refugee #müslüman #islam #muslim #drought #kuraklık #muslims #mülteci #dadaabcamp #nicholesobecki #children #fotoğraf #photo #photography #baskaahayatlar

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Detalles #love 💋  It'sa about details❤ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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I’m constantly in a state of feeling so shocked and guilty about the fact that this is the state of so much of the world and yet, for some reason I wound up over here with ridiculous privileges. As a kid, I truly thought I had it hard. I was always sad and never knew why. I got made fun of a few times in school for the way I looked. But in reality, these things don’t matter at all and they’re so silly compared to kids who endured that and ALSO the stress/fear of war, poverty, racism, and murder. Some kids had to study for tests (if they were lucky enough to go to school) with the sound of bullets going off in the distance. Having to carry on after witnessing one or both parents murdered. Once you start to dig, you realize how widespread this is. This is the real life of millions of children. #Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Nearly four years ago, I met this Eritrean family as they carried their belongings through Adi-Harush Camp, Ethiopia, in the midst of a light rain. They’d left behind one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations: a country of about 4.5 million, governed by a dictatorship, that has played an outsize role in the migration crisis. At the time, the cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea seemed intractable, a tense stalemate that had endured since 2000. With the arrival of peace last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this family, and the many others who fled their homes, and what this new opening means for them. #ethiopia #eritrea #migration #peace #nicholesobecki

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So many rural areas in Nigeria without access to clean water still.... #Waterislife Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Nearly four years ago, I met this Eritrean family as they carried their belongings through Adi-Harush Camp, Ethiopia, in the midst of a light rain. They’d left behind one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations: a country of about 4.5 million, governed by a dictatorship, that has played an outsize role in the migration crisis. At the time, the cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea seemed intractable, a tense stalemate that had endured since 2000. With the arrival of peace last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this family, and the many others who fled their homes, and what this new opening means for them. #ethiopia #eritrea #migration #peace #nicholesobecki

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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki deneme

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Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki #travelbucketlist #traveladdict #traveliceland #travelbuddy #travelingtheworld #traveltolive #travelgram #travel #world #nature_seekers #naturephotography #naturel #natgeo #natgeotravel

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Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. We often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. • • • • • Photo by @nicholesobecki #pepslifestyle #nature #love #photooftheday #followme #earth #planet #travel #beauty #amazing #photography #bestoftheday #sky #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki #africa

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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"Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it." Courtesy @natgeo . #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki #technologythatcares

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Diposting ulang dari @natgeo - Foto oleh @nicholesobecki | Kenya merayakan pembukaan pompa air tenaga surya yang akan memungkinkan volume air yang lebih tinggi untuk disalurkan ke kota Lowarengak, dekat Danau Turkana, di barat laut terpencil di negara itu. Seperti kebanyakan dari kita, saya sering menerima begitu saja kemewahan memiliki air bersih yang aman bagi saya. Namun Laporan Perkembangan Air Dunia PBB yang terbaru menyimpulkan bahwa pada tahun 2050 sekitar tiga miliar orang dapat hidup di daerah yang sangat kekurangan air. Ini adalah pengingat akan hak istimewa yang melekat pada ketersediaan air bersih hanya dengan membuka keran Anda — dan tanggung jawab kita bersama untuk tidak menyia-nyiakannya. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki - #regrann

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Repost from @natgeo Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Kenyans celebrate the opening of a solar-powered water pump that will enable a higher volume of water to be piped to Lowarengak town, near Lake Turkana, in the country’s remote northwest. Like so many of us, I often take for granted the luxury of having safe, clear water available to me. Yet the latest UN World Water Development Report concluded that by 2050 around three billion people could be living in severely water-scarce areas. It’s a reminder of the privilege inherent in having clean water available simply by opening your tap—and our collective responsibility not to waste it. #waterislife #protectourenvironment #kenya #nicholesobecki

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I love the determination on Agnes Jebet Ng'etich’s face here, looking out across the remote Kinamket village in western Kenya where she grew up. At 16-years-old she’s one of Kenya’s most promising up and coming athletes, and was one of the distance runners featured in the @natgeo story on human performance and the Kenyans who are dominating in this sport. The piece explores how far we have come in our never-ending quest to go faster, higher and farther. Standing on this escarpment with Agnes the heights she may reach in her career as a runner felt boundless. Photo by @nicholesobecki #kenya #running #humanperformance #everydayafrica #everydayeverywhere #nicholesobecki

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@Dannywilcoxfrazier and @nicholesobecki's "Rising Fast: Africa’s Changing Urban Spaces" September 2019 workshop is now open for enrollment. Rising Fast explores the changing realities of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world’s fastest-growing urban spaces. Contrary to reductive stereotypes of Africa, Kenya is riding a strong economy, a youth-driven cultural awakening and a dynamic tech scene coined the “Silicon Savannah.” Huge challenges remain however: widespread poverty, poor infrastructure, human rights abuses, and political tumult. Does the “Africa Rising” narrative holds up, and how are people’s lives being impacted on the ground? — Click on the link in our profile to learn more! — Photo by Gordwin Odhiambo @gordwiin / @humane_context, a Kenya-based photographer who participated in the 2018 @viiphoto "Rising Fast" Workshop in Nairobi. Gordwin Odhiambo's series uses portraiture to explore the development of Sheng, a slang developed and used by Nairobi's youth and one of the world's most quickly changing languages. Here in "Keja (Crib)" Futwax, also known as Mr. Kibera, poses in his home in Nairobi's Kibera community. — #VIIPhoto #PhotoWorkshop #Kenya #Nairobi #NicholeSobecki #DannyWilcoxFrazier

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Photo by @nicholesobecki // I love the determination on Agnes Jebet Ng'etich’s face here, looking out across the remote Kinamket village in western Kenya where she grew up. At 16-years-old she’s one of Kenya’s most promising up and coming athletes, and was one of the distance runners featured in the @natgeo story on human performance and the Kenyans who are dominating in this sport. The piece explores how far we have come in our never ending quest to go faster, higher and farther. Standing on this escarpment with Agnes the heights she may reach in her career as a runner felt boundless. #kenya #running #humanperformance #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki / @viiphoto | People gather to celebrate Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism, in Hawassa, Ethiopia. I came across this scene unexpectedly on the walk to my hotel after a long day on another story. I was drawn in by the prayers, timeless and haunting when close to the priests, and static-filled and staccato when heard from the battered speakers circling the park. It felt like a gift to be there, unhurried, aware, and surrounded by community, and the light of hundreds of small, burning flames. #timkat #celebration #ethiopia #nicholesobecki

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People gather to celebrate Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism, in Hawassa, Ethiopia. I came across this scene unexpectedly on the walk to my hotel after a long day on another story. I was drawn in by the prayers, timeless and haunting when close to the priests, and static-filled and staccato when heard from the battered speakers circling the park. It felt like a gift to be there, unhurried, aware, and surrounded by community, and the light of hundreds of small, burning flames. Photo by @nicholesobecki #timkat #celebration #ethiopia #everydayafrica #everydayeverywhere #nicholesobecki

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Jangan lupa Like, Komen & Share , Photo by @nicholesobecki | People gather to celebrate Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism, in Hawassa, Ethiopia. I came across this scene unexpectedly on the walk to my hotel after a long day on another story. I was drawn in by the prayers, timeless and haunting when close to the priests, and static-filled and staccato when heard from the battered speakers circling the park. It felt like a gift to be there, unhurried, aware, and surrounded by community, and the light of hundreds of small, burning flames. #timkat #celebration #ethiopia #nicholesobecki #Discovery #discoverychannel #discoveryindonesia #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeoindonesia #nationalgeographic.id

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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | People gather to celebrate Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism, in Hawassa, Ethiopia. I came across this scene unexpectedly on the walk to my hotel after a long day on another story. I was drawn in by the prayers, timeless and haunting when close to the priests, and static-filled and staccato when heard from the battered speakers circling the park. It felt like a gift to be there, unhurried, aware, and surrounded by community, and the light of hundreds of small, burning flames. #timkat #celebration #ethiopia #nicholesobecki

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It’s been seven years since Silvana Hinestroza Mendoza first spoke publicly about being raped by members of a guerrilla group who kidnapped and tortured her when she was a young woman. More than 15,000 Colombian women and girls were raped or otherwise sexually abused during the country’s civil war; many remain too terrified or ashamed to tell anyone. After spending most of a hot Wednesday afternoon with reporter @jillfilipovic recounting some of the most intimate details of the worst days of her life, Silvana retreated to her grandson’s bedroom. Finally speaking the truth about what happened, Silvana said, feels good, even powerful – like a layer of shame peeled back with each telling. But each telling also means exposing painful scars, literal and metaphorical. I photographed Silvana at that axis of strength and depletion, as she sought out the grounding weight of her grandson’s small body, and offered him the soft foundation of her own. These are questions everywhere: whose stories we choose to believe, what weight we give a woman’s words against a man’s, whether women have exclusive jurisdiction over our own bodies. It is simultaneously dignifying and terrifying for women to tell the secrets more-powerful men demand we keep, and it’s never felt so important to listen, to believe, and to acknowledge the personal courage and integrity of the women who share their stories with us. “I feel light,” Silvana said after our interview ended. “Like I was carrying something really heavy and I put it down.” — Photo by @nicholesobecki / @viiphoto#socialphotography #colombia #guerrilla #truth #values #photo #freedom #NicholeSobecki #viiphoto

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | A mother bathes her young son at dawn in the port of Mogadishu, Somalia. I made this image while working on a project with writer @lauraeheaton on the relationship between the environment and security. Somalia has never been a forgiving place. A land of extreme temperatures and little rain, the country has faced cyclical droughts and periodic famines throughout the past century. But decades of civil war, coupled with the effects of climate change, have set the country on a path to environmental disaster. @groundtruth #climateforconflict #somalia #environment #nicholesobecki

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Jangan lupa Like, Komen & Share , Photo by @nicholesobecki | A mother bathes her young son at dawn in the port of Mogadishu, Somalia. I made this image while working on a project with writer @lauraeheaton on the relationship between the environment and security. Somalia has never been a forgiving place. A land of extreme temperatures and little rain, the country has faced cyclical droughts and periodic famines throughout the past century. But decades of civil war, coupled with the effects of climate change, have set the country on a path to environmental disaster. @groundtruth #climateforconflict #somalia #environment #nicholesobecki #Discovery #discoverychannel #discoveryindonesia #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeoindonesia #nationalgeographic.id

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Photo by @nicholesobecki // Ayan Abdi shares a laugh with her closest friend Maryan Hassan, a teacher at Horyaal Secondary School in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya. Both women applied for a @wusc_eumc scholarship to study in Canada last year, but only Ayan was accepted. Two friends, both of who had lived most of their lives confined to one of the world’s largest refugee camps on the Somali border, both trying to find a way out. On that day their path divided. Ayan had won the golden ticket to a new life, and Maryan would remain in Dadaab. It was a bittersweet moment for writer @ksieff1 and I after following their application process for months. We recently received news that I’m thrilled to share here. After applying again for this highly competitive scholarship Maryan was accepted and will join Ayan in Canada to study, and gain a pathway to resettlement. Sometimes, against all the odds, the good gals win. #welcomerefugees #kenya #somalia #canada #education #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki / @viiphoto for @scientific_american. A troop of yellow baboons gather together at dusk in Kenya's Amboseli National Park. The Amboseli Baboon Research Project is studying the Acacia's Group of baboons, along with other groups, in the search to understand the deep evolutionary roots of social behavior in the lives of Kenya's baboons. While there are significant differences between baboons and humans, the striking parallels in the fundamental elements that shape a life are telling—from the earliest environment to the social relationships of adulthood and patterns of mortality. With fewer confounding variables and shorter lifespans, the baboons offer an opportunity to bridge research in evolution and human health and better understand the origins of illness and how to protect against it. Check out the full story, beautifully crafted by Lydia Denworth, on news stands now. #baboon #amboseli #kenya #evolution #health #nicholesobecki

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Pretty special to hang with this family of yellow baboons, edging slowly closer with my cameras as the sun set behind Mount Kilimanjaro. (2018) . The Amboseli Baboon Research Project is studying the Acacia's Group of baboons, along with other groups, in the search to understand the deep evolutionary roots of social behavior in the lives of Kenya's baboons. While there are significant differences between baboons and humans, the striking parallels in the fundamental elements that shape a life are telling—from the earliest environment to the social relationships of adulthood and patterns of mortality. With fewer confounding variables and shorter lifespans, the baboons offer an opportunity to bridge research in evolution and human health and better understand the origins of illness and how to protect against it. On assignment for @scientific_american, story by Lydia Denworth out now. . #baboon #amboseli #kenya #evolution #health #nicholesobecki

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Wude Urese fills a jug for a neighbor buying water from her family’s well in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Her father worked for 17 years as a subsistence farmer on a 2.5 acre plot he owned. Then, in 2015, the city of Hawassa, acting on behalf of the Ethiopian government, kicked him off the land -- or, rather, inveigled him and 500 other farmers from his small political ward to make way for the Hawassa Industrial Park. "They told us, 'If you give us your farm, your children will benefit," says her father Dinsa. "We thought our children would get jobs." It did not work out that way, and they had no leverage in the negotiations surrounding his removal. In a country where more than three-quarters of the workforce is engaged in small-scale agriculture, Ethiopia’s emerging apparel industry is attempting to turn the corner to manufacturing — but not without meaningful challenges for people like Wude along the way. Photo by @nicholesobecki #ethiopia #agriculture #manufacturing #economy #everydayafrica #everydayeverywhere #nicholesobecki

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#Repost @natgeo Photo by @nicholesobecki | Farida Hamisi, a soccer player on a club team in Zanzibar, poses by the makeshift pitch where she first learned to play by joining pickup games with boys. On the island, soccer is widely popular among men. Yet a small group of women are challenging traditional resistance to them playing the sport. Farida is one of the youngest of the players, and she's considered by coaches to be a star of the next generation of women’s soccer. From the Zanzibar women's national soccer team, nicknamed the Zanzibar Queens, to club teams across the island, women are lacing up their cleats and challenging expectations for the love of the game. #soccer #women #zanzibar #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Farida Hamisi, a soccer player on a club team in Zanzibar, poses by the makeshift pitch where she first learned to play by joining pickup games with boys. On the island, soccer is widely popular among men. Yet a small group of women are challenging traditional resistance to them playing the sport. Farida is one of the youngest of the players, and she's considered by coaches to be a star of the next generation of women’s soccer. From the Zanzibar women's national soccer team, nicknamed the Zanzibar Queens, to club teams across the island, women are lacing up their cleats and challenging expectations for the love of the game. #soccer #women #zanzibar #nicholesobecki

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Jangan lupa Like, Komen & Share , Photo by @nicholesobecki | Farida Hamisi, a soccer player on a club team in Zanzibar, poses by the makeshift pitch where she first learned to play by joining pickup games with boys. On the island, soccer is widely popular among men. Yet a small group of women are challenging traditional resistance to them playing the sport. Farida is one of the youngest of the players, and she's considered by coaches to be a star of the next generation of women’s soccer. From the Zanzibar women's national soccer team, nicknamed the Zanzibar Queens, to club teams across the island, women are lacing up their cleats and challenging expectations for the love of the game. #soccer #women #zanzibar #nicholesobecki #Discovery #discoverychannel #discoveryindonesia #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeoindonesia #nationalgeographic.id

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Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @nicholesobecki | The narrow streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar, swell as families, dressed to impress, emerge from their houses to visit with friends and family. The island of Zanzibar rings in Eid al-Fitr—an Islamic celebration marking the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast—with family, friends, and plenty of style. #zanzibar #tanzania #eid #nicholesobecki - #regrann

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NatGeo Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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#Repost @natgeo • • • Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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#repost @natgeo via @PhotoAroundApp Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki @audubonsociety

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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki

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#repost from @natgeo Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya #owl #nicholesobecki

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Children race each other across a shallow stretch of Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world. This stark area in Kenya’s arid north is a possible site of mankind's birth, hosting the fossil deposits at Koobi Fora and the remains of many early hominins. It was a joyful moment watching these kids zip across the planet’s oldest landscape known to have been inhabited by man. There’s a darker story here though, of a long-neglected people whose livelihoods as fishermen are increasingly at risk. This summer UNESCO added Lake Turkana to the list of endangered World Heritage sites, primarily due to Ethiopia's construction of a hydroelectric and irrigation dam on the Omo River, which replenishes the lake seasonally. Many fear the dam will cause the lake level to reduce dramatically, causing disaster for this ancient land and the people who still survive here. #turkana #kenya #unesco #nicholesobecki #photography #photo #photographer #photoshoot #photos #photograph #photoshop #photographylovers #photogrid #photoofday #photoart #Photographers #photographie #photogram #photographysouls #photoshooting #photographyeveryday #photographyislife #photographylover #photographyislifee #photomodel

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Photos by @nicholesobecki | Training in Iten, Kenya, begins at 6:00 a.m. each morning, when the lack of visibility and uneven footing helps ensure that the run develops slowly, allowing the athletes to increase their speed as the sun rises. This gradual increase of pace is known as a progression run, a specific training methodology that forces the body to increase its effort as the run unfolds. It also allows runners of different abilities and gender to begin training sessions together. To me this moment spoke both of perseverance and the role that a community can play in pushing us all beyond the limits we set for ourselves. Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the July 2018 story on how far have we come in our never ending quest to go faster, higher, and farther. Distance running is a proud tradition here, and Kenyan men have nine of the 10 fastest times in the marathon; four of the 10 fastest women’s times were run by Kenyans. #humanperformance #teamwork #kenya #running #nicholesobecki

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Repost from @natgeo Photo by @nicholesobecki | On a continent where natural resources have driven generations of boom and bust, Angola has a remarkable and frightening distinction. It is more dependent on commodity exports than just about any other nation in sub-Saharan Africa. Angola has long been repressive of independent journalists, and the opportunity to work there in 2016 was a rare chance to see the impact of the tremendous inequality that exists, from the glass skyscrapers soaring above the capital, Luanda, to this neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half the oil output from the continent’s top petroleum producer. #oil #resourcecurse #angola #nicholesobecki

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Photo by  @nicholesobecki | Wooden carts drawn by donkeys rattle along the streets of Hawassa, an Ethiopian city in the Great Rift Valley. I came across this scene while working on a story about Ethiopia’s emerging manufacturing industry — a growing economic space in a country where more than three-quarters of the workforce is engaged in small-scale agriculture. Taken just blocks away from the sprawling Hawassa Industrial Park, this image felt outside of time and made me think of how ones traditions coexist alongside the drive for change.  #ethiopia  #economy  #manufacturing  #industry #tradition  #nicholesobecki

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