2015 Humanitarian year in pictures

Source: Reuters - Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:15 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Here is our pick of the best pictures of 2015, covering major events from the European migrant crisis and devastating earthquake in Nepal to the war in Yemen and spiraling violence in Burundi.

  • Asylum seekers from Ebola-affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - warm themselves on a heater in an abandoned house in Brussels. Some 11,300 people have died in the worst Ebola epidemic in history. Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free in November. Guinea and Liberia hope to follow in the coming weeks. Picture taken Jan 7, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

  • Norbanu, a 60-year-old Rohingya woman in western Myanmar, speaks via the internet to her daughter's boyfriend in Indonesia from a camp for displaced Rohingya near Sittwe in Rakhine State. Bamboo "internet huts" allow residents at the camp to communicate with relatives who have left the country. Many Rohingya fled following violence in 2012, which left over 140,000 people homeless. Some Rohingya have been held hostage for ransom by human traffickers at jungle camps in Thailand and Malaysia. Picture taken Feb 14, 2015. REUTERS/Minzayar

  • Instructors from the Ujamaa self-defence programme in Kenya train a group of older women to protect themselves against rape at Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum in the capital Nairobi. More than 200 elderly women, aged up to 105, are learning self-defence across the capital to protect themselves against rape, which is widespread in Kenya, particularly in its slums. Picture taken Mar 16, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

  • Girls in Damasak in northeastern Nigeria watch soldiers from Niger and Chad following the town's liberation from Boko Haram insurgents. Soldiers discovered scores of bodies, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and displaced millions in its push to create an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria. Picture taken Mar 21, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

  • Smoke and ash rise from Calbuco volcano in southern Chile as seen from the city of Puerto Montt on Apr 22, 2015. The volcano erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometres into the sky. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas

  • A girl injured in a 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal is carried to a helicopter in Sindhupalchowk. The Apr 25 quake was followed by another large quake on May 12. More than 8,800 people were killed and 100,000 injured in the country's deadliest disaster on record. Picture taken Apr 28, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

  • Ropes weighted down with water bottles are used to apply traction to the legs of a girl injured in Nepal’s earthquake. The girl was treated at a hospital in Kathmandu after fracturing both legs. Apr 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

  • Rescuers from India's National Disaster Response Force search for earthquake victims in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. Picture taken Apr 29, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

  • Human remains are retrieved from a mass grave at a a suspected human trafficking camp hidden deep in jungle in Thailand's southern Songkhla province, some 300 metres from the border with Malaysia. The bodies are thought to belong to migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Rohingya migrants have reported horrific abuse by smugglers after fleeing Myanmar. Picture taken May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

  • Young Syrian girls Ghazal, 4, and Judy, 7, carrying 8-month-old Suhair, flee after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent centre in Douma, northeast of Damascus. Activists said the shelling happened during the delivery of medical aid by a Red Crescent convoy. Picture taken May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

  • Protesters in Burundi drag a female police officer accused of shooting a demonstrator in the Butarere neighbourhood of the capital Bujumbura, May 12, 2015. Protesters opposed to the president's decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to the police. Months of turmoil have raised fears the country could slide back into conflict. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

  • Yazidi sisters, who escaped after being captured by Islamic State (IS) militants, sit in a tent at Sharya refugee camp on the outskirts of Iraq's Duhok province. The sisters were seized by IS militants in an attack on their village in Mosul province close to the Syrian border last year. IS has systematically killed, captured and enslaved thousands of people from the Yazidi religious sect in what the United Nations has said may constitute attempted genocide. Younger Yazidi women have been forced into sexual slavery. Picture taken Jul 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ari Jala

  • A girl cries after her father was killed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Jul 13, 2015. Yemen’s civil war has killed 6,000 people. The United Nations says the humanitarian crisis is one of the world's worst. A Saudi-led military coalition is trying to dislodge Houthi rebels who control the capital and a swathe of the country. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

  • Migrants run across train tracks after crossing a fence as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais, France, Aug 4, 2015. Around 6,000 migrants are living in a shantytown nicknamed 'The Jungle' on the northwest coast of France in the hope of reaching Britain. REUTERS/Juan Medina

  • Syrian migrants crawl under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, on Aug 27, 2015. Around 1 million migrants entered Europe by land and sea this year, many of them refugees from Syria. As the crisis escalated Hungary sealed its southern borders with a fence, closing down major transit routes for asylum seekers trying to reach northern Europe from the Balkans. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

  • A Syrian refugee holding a baby swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, Sept 12, 2015. Some 3,600 refugees and migrants have died at sea this year while trying to reach Europe. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

  • Emmanuel Festo Rutema, a 13-year-old albino boy from Tanzania, poses for a portrait with a soft toy that he says makes him feel safe at night. Albino body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price. Superstition leads many to believe albino children are ghosts who bring bad luck. Some believe the limbs are more potent if the victims scream during amputation, according to a U.N. report. Albinism affects about one Tanzanian in 1,400. U.N. officials estimate about 75 albinos have been killed in the east African nation since 2000. Picture taken in Staten Island, New York, Sept 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

  • Doctors and paramedics treat a baby on the Greek island of Lesbos after a boat carrying more than 200 people sank while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Picture taken Oct 28, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

  • Doctors treat an injured civilian in a field hospital after what activists said was shelling by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, near the Syrian capital Damascus. Picture taken Nov 19, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

  • Palestinian girls take part in a ballet class run by the Al-Qattan Center for Children, in Gaza City, Nov 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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