Monsoon of unequaled force in Pakistan, deadly demonstrations in Iraq and back to school… The week of August 27 to September 2 in pictures.
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Workers restore the municipal stadium in the city of Idlib (northern Syria), in a region held by the rebels, after seven years of closure, Monday August 29. The war in Syria, which began in 2011,
killed nearly half a million people and forced about half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), just over 1.6 million people living in Idlib today are displaced, or half of the province’s inhabitants. In total, the country would have nearly 6.7 million internally displaced persons in 2022.
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populist Shiite chef Moqtada al-Sadr swim in the swimming pool of the presidential palace, in the green zone of Baghdad, on Monday August 29. Dozens of angry supporters stormed the ceremonial building, located in the walled Green Zone, shortly after Moqtada al-Sadr announced he was leaving politics. In October 2021, the latter had won the legislative elections. But without an absolute majority and refusing any alliance, he was unable to form a government and, Since then, Iraq has been in a political stalemate. In Baghdad, the fights having opposed, on Monday, the supporters of the Shiite and those of his rivals of the parties and militias affiliated with Iran killed thirty.
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A residential area is flooded in the Pakistani city of Dera Allah Yar, after heavy monsoon rains in Jafarabad district, Balochistan province, Tuesday (August 30th). For several weeks, the monsoon has been reaching unprecedented strength and causing exceptional floods in Pakistan: it has caused
the death of around 1,200 people and affected more than 33 million Pakistanis. Relief is struggling to help isolated populations in mountainous regions.
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The Amazon rainforest is burning near the Lago do Cuniã extractive reserve, on the border of the states of Rondônia and Amazonas, in northern Brazil, on Wednesday August 31. Brasil
had never seen so many fires in the Amazon in August for twelve years. At least 3,358 fires were detected on August 22, in the largest rainforest in the world, a sign of worsening deforestation. Experts attribute these fires in the Amazon to the action of farmers, ranchers and speculators who illegally clear land by burning trees. The fire season in this part of the globe usually begins in August, with the onset of drought. This year, as of July, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has spotted 5,373 of them, or 8% more than during the same month in 2021. Since the coming to power of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in January 2019, the average annual deforestation in the Amazon increased by 75% compared to the previous decade.
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Schoolbags are hung on coat racks on Thursday, September 1, the day of the start of the school year, at the Poulletier school in Paris. Some twelve million students have (re)turned to school in France,
, promises the government, despite an unprecedented recruitment crisis in National Education. The phenomenon is certainly not new, but it has worsened even more this year, with “with a teacher in front of each class” more than 4,000 vacancies not filled in competitions out of 27,300 open positions in the public and private sectors (and 850,000 teachers in total). To overcome this shortage, the National Education has recruited contract teachers –3,000, according to Minister Pap Ndiaye–, trained in a few days before facing a class.
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Spaniard Rafael Nadal receives medical treatment while lying on the court during the second round of the US Open 2022, in New York, Thursday September 1: the player had hit himself in the face with his racket during his match against the Italian Fabio Fognini. Rafael Nadal ended up beating his opponent
in four sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1) and therefore joins Richard Gasquet in the third round of the competition.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the lost USSR
A week around the world in 7 photos, from August 20 to 26, 2022
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