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Maranie Rae:

to find out more about maranie and to see her work visit http://maranierae.com

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coo - verb

  1. To make a soft murmuring sound, as a pigeon.
  2. Speak softly or lovingly;
    The mother who held her baby was cooing softly
  3. To speak in an admiring fashion, to be enthusiastic about.
  4. To show affection; to act in a loving way.

coo - noun

  1. The murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.

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Votes1 DateOct 9, 2016

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Votes2 DateSep 15, 2016

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Jerash "Gaza" Camp

Maranie
while in amman working in the zaatari refugee camp i had the opportunity to travel to the nearby "jerash" camp -- an area currently home to 29,000 registered palestinian refugees.
the camp was initially established in 1968 as an emergency settlement for the some 11,500 displaced persons who had left the gaza strip. since then the tents have been replaced by shelters - many made of asbestos - and the population has grown.

Votes1 DateSep 15, 2016

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meet basem

Maranie
meet basem. originally from daraa, syria, basem was only 10 years old when he lost both of his legs, part of an arm and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. on august 8, 2014 basem was walking home with friends and saw a pile of children’s books on the side of the road. when he picked them up they exploded; the next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital in amman, jordan.
unfortunately, this is not an uncommon story. too often we hear of explosives being hidden in objects used specifically to target children.
basem’s family has not been able to escape syria. for now, basem calls souriyat home as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future.

Votes1 DateAug 29, 2016

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bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9

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bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9; the two young boys became fast friends over a shared love of futbol
04.21.3:52 pm

Votes1 DateAug 29, 2016

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fatmah, age 6

Maranie
fatmah, age 6, is one of thousands of children who currently call the zaatari refugee camp home. according to the latest UNHCR report the population of zaatari hovers right around 100,000 with over half of that number being children and 20% under the age of 5. fatmah came to the camp with her family in late 2013 -- she enjoys bike rides and playing with some of the other children in the camp.
each day that i spent in the zaatari camp was a gift. i felt that then and i feel the same now, as i write this caption. i was permitted to bear witness to the incredible resilience and beauty of the syrian people where each individual had a story of unimaginable hardship and many children, like the young girl pictured, have never known peace or normalcy. in spite of this, each person that i met left me in awe and admiration of their resilience, their conscious decision to see the beauty in each day and their ability to cling to a hope for a better future … a future of peace.
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Votes1 DateJul 30, 2016

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zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria

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zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp 04.05.16 12:12 pm
since the syrian conflict erupted over 5 years ago approximately half of the country's pre-war population of 22 million has been killed or forced to flee their homes. more than 3.2 million individuals have sought refuge in neighboring countries, including lebanon, iraq, turkey, and jordan. approximately 650,000 syrians are currently in jordan and 100,000 of those call zaatari home. the remaining 85%, and great majority, are struggling to survive in what are widely know as "random camps" many of which are scattered throughout towns, villages and barren land. like those in zaatari, they have no legal right to work and little access to education, healthcare, water, electricity or social services.
while much of the world has grown tired of hearing about the syrian crisis it does not change the fact that conflict and violence in syria has unleashed one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, uprooting over 11 million people.
like zeinah, pictured here, approximately 3.7 million syrian children – 1 in 3 of all syrian children – has been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement. according to UNICEF, this figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011.
in total, estimates assert that some 8.4 million children – more than 80 percent of syria’s child population – are now affected by the conflict, either inside the country or as refugees in neighboring countries.
as war rages on and as they are neither wholly welcomed abroad nor able to return home the future of millions of syrians remains an uncertain one.

Votes2 DateJul 20, 2016

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amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria

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amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp 04.11.16 2:51 PM

Votes1 DateJul 19, 2016

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daily life in the zaatari refugee camp

Maranie
04.11.16 1:52 pm
daily life in the zaatari refugee camp
one can witness an incredible demonstration of resourcefulness and resilience when observing daily life in the zaatari refugee camp.
perhaps the most obvious example of this strength of spirit is the vibrant main drag that runs through the camp. since it first opened in the summer of 2012 zaatari has established and seen flourish an impressive, informal and largely underground economy. the camp features a main road entitled champs-elysees (a play on the parisian shopping destination, this market is the thriving core of what is now jordan’s fourth-largest population centre) where one can get a haircut, shop in a produce market, rent a wedding gown or buy ice cream.
while markets such as the champs-elysees are not the most common sight in refugee camps, exiled populations throughout the world have long demonstrated tremendous resourcefulness and are never completely dependent on humanitarian assistance.
we should be very hesitant to call zaatari a “city” or refer to what those in the camp have been able to do as anything that resembles “normalcy”.
it is absolutely true that those in zaatari are doing everything that they can to make the best of a very difficult situation.
but it is not, nor will it ever be, normal to be living behind a barbed wire fence, in a tent or a caravan, and to be deprived of the freedom of movement.
it is not normal, nor will it ever be, to live in a situation where an entire population lacks the rights and entitlements of citizens.
and it is certainly not normal to wake up each day not knowing when or even if you will ever be able to return to the place that you consider to be your home.

Votes1 DateJul 17, 2016

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samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria

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samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp. 04.05.16 2:02 pm
war in syria has caused death, destruction and displacement on a horrific scale. families have been forced from their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed as a result of relentless violence and the disruption of basic services. more than 4 million people have already fled the country and 6.5 million people are internally displaced. an estimated 13.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance inside of the country — of which are over 6 million children.
children are particularly vulnerable to child rights violations such as recruitment into armed groups and exploitation and abuse, including forced early marriage and child labor. access to education, health care, water, sanitation and social services remains inadequate — even when inside established camps such as zaatari.
for many humanitarian organizations, the impact of the crisis on a generation of children is a primary and growing concern. while most will survive the conflict physically, the immediate and long-term well-being of children remains as uncertain as the future for this entire generation of kids.

Votes1 DateJul 17, 2016

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al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria

Maranie
04.05.16 12:33 PM
inside the zaatari refugee camp
al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria. al samara, his sister, three brothers, mother and father fled syria nearly 4 years ago and have been living in zaatari ever since.

Votes2 DateJul 15, 2016

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inside the zaatari refugee camp

Maranie
04.08.16 1:46 pm
inside the zaatari refugee camp
since the eruption of the brutal conflict in syria in march of 2011, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled their homes in search of peace, safety, and some sense of normalcy.
while tens of thousands have and continue to seek refuge in neighboring countries (turkey, lebanon and iraq to name a few), the zaatari refugee camp (مخيم الزعتري), has quickly become a semi-permanent home for nearly 100,000 individuals most of whom originated in the da’ara governorate in syria’s southwest.
located 10 km east of the city of mafraq and first opened on july 28, 2012, the camp is a three-square-mile piece of land in the desolate jordanian desert; it was initially designed to host a maximum of 60,000 inhabitants and is jointly administered by the jordanian government and the UNHCR (united nations high commission for refugees). the camp, which has fluctuated in population to as high as 250,000, is now the 4th largest ‘city’ in the hashemite kingdom of jordan.
aid and educational efforts are underway in zaatari, but the stories and lived experiences of these individuals – and the policy implications of those stories – are too often lost in translation.
as the international community continues to experience variations of “syria fatigue,” the residents of zaatari show a resilience and determination of a far higher caliber.
in april of 2016, i spent several weeks in the zaatari camp followed by time in outlying, unofficial "tent camps" and then later in iraq working with and photographing IDPs (internally displaced persons).
this exhibition is a collection of images and stories of those who i had the privilege to meet, photograph and in many occasions get to know. i have also included a selection of photos that are intended to contextualize the conditions of zaatari — a walled, tent camp — turned small city — that tens of thousands call home. having recently returned to pittsburgh i wish that i could do more than simply share their names, their faces and their stories here, with you.
until we choose to stop talking about people in large, anonymous, faceless numbers — 2.5 million — it is going to be impossible to evoke the type of response necessary to save our fellow human beings.
http://www.maranierae.com/inside-the-zaatari-refugee-camp/

Votes2 DateJul 15, 2016

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Project to End Human Trafficking

Maranie
The Project to End Human Trafficking:
Women and Children of Uganda Gallery Exhibition
Photography by Maranie Rae
Curated by Natalie Grandinetti
SEPTEMBER 10
LEARN MORE
6:00-9:00PM
Opening Reception
Square Café
1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition Duration:
August 29th - September 30th, 2015
The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) has been working in Uganda for the past 5 years and will be returning in November 2015. Attendees of the Exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation and purchase prints. All proceeds of this event will directly support ongoing projects and initiatives detailed below:
Construction of a dormitory for a local school as part of local human trafficking prevention efforts
Rehabilitation support for trafficking survivors from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) including scholarships and education supplies
Community based training with trauma victims and educators
Ongoing training and technical support to volunteers in Uganda to combat human trafficking within their communities
View Maranie’s work at www.maranierae.com .
Learn more about PEHT at www.endhumantrafficking.org
Get Involved! Contact Maranie at maranie.rae@gmail.com or 412.979.6187

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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street musician

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street musician in belgrade, serbia

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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Children at Entebbe

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children at Entebbe
Entebbe, Uganda

Votes2 DateJul 28, 2015

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Balance

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balance
Antalya, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 28, 2015

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Protestor Sarajevo, Bosnia

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Protestor during 2014 street protests in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Votes1 DateJul 1, 2015


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Created Light of Culture Spotlights

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Women in Gerome, Turkey

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women in Gerome, Turkey

Votes1 DateAug 28, 2015

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Africa

children of opucet

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children following a wedding in opucet, uganda

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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Middle East

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 28, 2015

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Europe

Elderly Man in Sarajevo, Bosnia

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elderly man in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Votes1 DateJul 13, 2015

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Africa

Mother and Child in Jinja, Uganda

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mother and child in Jinja, Uganda

Votes1 DateJul 7, 2015

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Europe

Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey

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daily life, Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 7, 2015

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Europe

Woman Selling Trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia

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woman selling trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia

Votes1 DateJul 2, 2015

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Middle East

Istanbul Street Vendor

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STREET VENDOR SELLING PRODUCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF BALAT, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Votes1 DateJul 1, 2015

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Middle East

Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey

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Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey

Votes1 DateJun 24, 2015

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Europe

Chess in the Park

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Chess in the Park ... Belgrade, Serbia

Votes1 DateJun 23, 2015

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Middle East

Children Play in Balat

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Children play in Balat -- a neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJun 23, 2015

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Africa

Men with Jackfruit

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A man sells jackfruit to those passing by in Soroti, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 18, 2015

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Africa

School Child

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A school child in the village of Opucet, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 16, 2015

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Africa

man with kudu horn

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a man celebrates with a kudu horn in the village of opucet, uganda

Votes1 DateJun 15, 2015

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Africa

A man is dressed for a wedding

Maranie
A man is dressed for a wedding and the reception that will follow in the village of Opucet, Uganda.

Votes1 DateJun 11, 2015

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Africa

Daily Tasks Meal Preparation

Maranie
Woman carries a bowl full of water in preparation for a meal
In Uganda women do a great majority of the household work including, but not limited to, the cooking, cleaning, harvesting, caring for the children (and their husbands) and fetching clean water each day.

Votes1 DateJun 8, 2015

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Africa

Wisdom

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“Wisdom”
Elder in the village of Opucet, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015

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Fried Sweet Potatoes Uganda Style

Maranie
i met this young woman while exploring the city of soroti. i was trying to get a look at what she and the other women were doing and upon approaching her she warmly explained that they were making friend sweet potatoes. who knew? not only are sweet potatoes a different color in uganda (more white or pale yellow like a regular potato), but they are also just as if not more delicious. i bought four huge pieces for less than $1USD.

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015

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Africa

Pure and Natural Beauty.

Maranie
The village of Opucet, Uganda
"pure and natural beauty"
while visually stunning, the women of uganda possess something so much more -- against all odds, and without the luxuries that we take for granted each day, they are resilient, powerful, capable and confident

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015


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A Ugandan Wedding Ceremony Oct 9, 2016 @ 07:47:43 pm
Jerash "Gaza" Camp Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:59:54 pm
Jerash "Gaza" Camp Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:39:06 pm
meet basem Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:52:54 pm
bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9 Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:40:47 pm
fatmah, age 6 Jul 30, 2016 @ 05:41:45 pm
zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria Jul 20, 2016 @ 06:35:45 pm
amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:30:26 am
daily life in the zaatari refugee camp Jul 17, 2016 @ 02:14:45 pm
samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria Jul 17, 2016 @ 01:50:26 pm
al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:29:10 am
inside the zaatari refugee camp Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:16:38 am
Women in Gerome, Turkey Aug 28, 2015 @ 02:05:20 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 04:14:42 pm
children of opucet Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:55:29 pm
street musician Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:31:34 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:19:39 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:17:22 pm
Istanbul, Turkey Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:25:19 am
Children at Entebbe Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:32:21 am
Balance Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:19:42 am
Elderly Man in Sarajevo, Bosnia Jul 13, 2015 @ 11:44:25 am
Mother and Child in Jinja, Uganda Jul 7, 2015 @ 12:03:15 pm
Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 7, 2015 @ 11:48:35 am
Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 7, 2015 @ 11:48:34 am
Woman Selling Trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia Jul 2, 2015 @ 06:54:54 pm
Istanbul Street Vendor Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:29:44 am
Protestor Sarajevo, Bosnia Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:07:59 am
Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey Jun 24, 2015 @ 12:04:42 pm
Chess in the Park Jun 23, 2015 @ 02:43:02 pm
Children Play in Balat Jun 23, 2015 @ 02:25:30 pm
Men with Jackfruit Jun 18, 2015 @ 07:06:36 pm
School Child Jun 16, 2015 @ 11:24:49 am
man with kudu horn Jun 15, 2015 @ 05:18:31 am
A man is dressed for a wedding Jun 11, 2015 @ 10:26:35 am
Daily Tasks Meal Preparation Jun 8, 2015 @ 03:05:31 pm
Wisdom Jun 3, 2015 @ 11:41:43 am
Fried Sweet Potatoes Uganda Style Jun 3, 2015 @ 10:10:41 am
Pure and Natural Beauty. Jun 3, 2015 @ 09:16:43 am

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