Asia – A Week in Pictures September 12, 2010
As the anniversary of the 9/11 attack coincided with Eid celebrations, Florida based Pastor Terry Jones announced that he would burn the Koran as a protest to plans to site a Muslim cultural centre near Ground Zero , stoking tensions in Asia. Add into the mix millions in Pakistan suffering from lack of water, food and shelter after floods, a parliament election in Afghanistan and a U. S. -led military campaign against the Taliban around Kandahar – photographers in the region had lots of raw material to work with.
Raheb’s picture of relief and joy caught in the harsh light of a direct flash seems to explode in a release of tension as news spreads that Pastor Jones had cancelled his plans to burn the Koran. It has to be said that ironically earlier in the day in Pakistan US flags were burned in protest against the planned protest.
Afghan protestors shout anti U.S slogans as they celebrate after learning that U.S. pastor Terry Jones dropped his plans to burn copies of the Koran, in Herat, western Afghanistan September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
Also in Afghanistan Raheb’s haunting image of the defaced election poster of an Afghan woman parliamentary candidate and the ghostly image of a US soldier shrouded in a haze of dust by Erik, who is on an embed with US forces, both caught my eye.
A damaged campaign poster for an Afghan woman parliament candidate is seen on a wall in Herat, western Afghanistan September 8, 2010. Taliban threats, shuttered polling centres and warnings of widespread fraud are clouding hopes for Afghanistan’s Sept. 18 parliamentary election, a key test of an already fragile democracy, observers have warned. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
A U.S. Marine from 1st Light Armoured Reconnaisance Battalion, Bravo Company is shrouded in dust while travelling in an armoured vehicle in the desert of Helmand September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Erik de Castro
In Pakistan photographers Damir Sagolj, Akhtar Soomro, Fayaz Aziz, Morteza Nikoubazi, Asim Tanveer and K.Parvez all continued to provide stunning images from the floods and violence in Kohat in the troubled northwest. If the floods and violence was not enough for the team to attend to, they also had actress Angelina Jolie visiting as representative of the UNHCR and the four disgraced members of the Pakistan cricket team returning home following a betting scandal. Below is a selection of pictures none of which need any more explanation.
Pakistani men protest in Multan in Punjab province September 10, 2010 against plans by Pastor Terry Jones, an obscure U.S. Protestant church leader, to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Jones who said he had cancelled a plan to burn copies of the Koran at his Florida church said later on Thursday he was suspending his decision while he had a “rethink”. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A flood victim waits for food handouts while taking refuge with his family at a relief camp for flood victims in Sukkur in Pakistan’s Sindh province September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
A flood victim carries a hand made rope bed on his back as he walks to his village in Khairpur district, Pakistan’s Sindh province September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Actress Angelina Jolie (C) arrives at the Jalozai flood victim relief camp during her visit to flood affected areas and relief camps supported by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, September 7, 2010. Jolie called on Tuesday for constant and long-term assistance for Pakistan to help it cope with its worst ever floods that have wreaked havoc on the impoverished country. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
A man cries next to the body of his relative, who was a victim of a car bomb attack in Kohat a day earlier, before his burial in Ali Zai outskirts of Kohat September 8, 2010. At least 16 people were killed in a car bomb attack at a police residential complex in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, yet another tragedy for a country still grappling with devastating floods. REUTERS/K. Parvez
Hands decorated with henna for Eid Al-Fitr try to grab aid distributed to Pakistani flood victims at their relief camp in Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province September 11, 2010. Starting nearly six weeks ago, Pakistan’s worst ever floods killed more than 1,750 people and inflicted nearly $43 billion (28 billion pounds) worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture, the mainstay of the economy. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Razia, a flood victim whose husband died earlier this week is comforted by an aid worker visiting her village during Eid al-Fitr in Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province September 11, 2010. Starting nearly six weeks ago, Pakistan’s worst ever floods killed more than 1,750 people and inflicted nearly $43 billion (28 billion pounds) worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture, the mainstay of the economy. REUTERS/Asim Tanveer
A flood victim removes rubble from his destroyed house in Mohib Banda near Charsadda, Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
A flood victim boy points his toy gun at a baby in a hammock as they play inside their family tent during Eid-al-Fitr celebrations while taking refuge in a relief camp in Sukkur in Pakistan’s Sindh province September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Two-year-old Saghar, who is a flood victim, has water poured on him during a bath while taking refuge with his family in a relief camp for flood victims in Sukkur, in Pakistan’s Sindh province on September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Flood victims struggle for aid being distributed to their relief camp in Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province September 7, 2010. The disaster has killed more than 1,750 people, affected more than 18 million and inflicted nearly $43 billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture, the mainstay of the economy, since it began more than a month ago. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
In troubled Kashmir clashes continue to flare with protesters burning down municipal buildings in protest over India’s rule. Danish Ismail’s picture of a demonstrator and a soldier frozen in a mirrored act of stone throwing, the eye slowly being drawn into the picture to the sign that reads “care school” seems to hint at just how far apart both sides are to reaching a peaceful agreement.
A Kashmiri protester throws stones at an Indian policeman who retaliates during an anti-India protest in Srinagar September 6, 2010. Ongoing protests in Kashmir, the angriest since a separatist revolt against New Delhi broke out in 1989, have so far killed 65 people and been blamed on Indian security forces. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
In the northern Indian state of Haryana photographer Ajay Verma captured this dramatic moment as a woman is helped through flood waters, her face in panic as she falls into the waters. In complete contrast to the panicked moment of Ajay’s picture, the strange calm of a beggar laying next to his bowl as a tide of people hurry past, blurred by a slow shutter speed. Finally from India B Mathur gives us a glimpse of prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr as the viewer almost seems to intrude on the prayers of the faithful as we watch through the ruined arches of a Mosque.
Rescuers help a woman to move a safer place from flooded Ghaghar river after heavy rains in Punchkula in the northern Indian state of Haryana September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
A begger asks for alms in a market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr in Srinagar September 9, 2010. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
Muslims pray at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi September 11, 2010. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid el Fitr, the religious festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/B Mathur
China and Japan are embroiled in a row over disputed waters as Japan keeps in custody the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel that was involved in a clash with Japanese ships. As the Japanese economy struggles with the Yen at a 15 year high against the U.S dollar, China’s economy continues to boom. The picture of the man fishing in front of a mirrored and uniform housing development seemed to be a perfect picture of understatement when illustrating the Chinese economy. Jason Lee continues with the theme of uniformity in his picture to illustrate housing. Two cyclists ride past a frontage of pictures of identical trees that hide a towering housing block behind. The more you look at the picture the more absurd the images of uniform trees seem to be, not a hint of vegetation anywhere in sight.
A man fishes by a river near a newly constructed residential compound in Xiangfan, Hubei province September 10, 2010. Chinese property prices were up 9.3 percent in August from a year earlier and unchanged from July, according to an official survey of 70 cities published on Friday by the China Information News, a paper run by the National Bureau of Statistics. REUTERS/Stringer
In Japan the Yen Dollar story dominates the economy. Yuriko succesfully illustrates this story with her picture of an almost mournful looking Benjamin Franklin on a U.S One-hundred dollar note. Out on the streets perfect timing and perfect shape gives Yuriko a fast left to right moving picture as the shopper is echoed by illustrations behind her.
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin on a U.S. One-hundred dollar bill is pictured at Interbank Inc. money exchange in Tokyo, in this September 9, 2010 picture illustration. The dollar neared a 15-year low versus the yen on Thursday as traders bet Japanese authorities were not yet ready to intervene in the currency market. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
A woman walks in front of an advertisement for a clothing store in Tokyo September 10, 2010. Japan’s economy grew a revised 0.4 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, more than an initial government estimate, but the strong yen and slowing global growth give policymakers little to cheer about over the outlook. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
Finally, a few more pictures that I like as they seem quirky, out of place from what we expect, or just plain striking from around the region that you may have missed during this busy news week in Asia.
Members of the winning group “Hayman Kyaw Minn and friends” perform a song and dance item as they compete in “Idol Search 2010″ organized by sanitary napkin company Sofy in central Yangon September 8, 2010. The competition involved groups of contestants singing, dancing and acting, with the winning group receiving $1000. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
Kim Ju-hee (R) of South Korea hugs Jujeath Nagawa of the Philippines after their 10-round bout for four light flyweight titles, in Anyang, southwest of Seoul, September 12, 2010. WIBA-WIBF-GBU Champion Kim won the match by a decision (2:0). The titles being fought for are the WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association), WIBF (Women’s International Boxing Federation), GBU (Global Boxing Union) and World Boxing Federation (WBF). REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak
A crew member (C) of a South Korean fishing boat, the 55 Daesung, cries as he hugs his family members upon his return, at a port of the Sokcho Maritime Police in Sokcho, about 290 km (181 miles) northeast of Seoul September 7, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday released the seven-man crew of a South Korean fishing boat, including three Chinese, at the maritime border of the two Koreas in the East Sea after the North captured the boat which they say illegally entered its waters on August 8, 2010, according to the North’s KCNA news agency and local South Korean media. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
A North Korean soldier waves to a Chinese tourist boat on the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong September 9, 2010. REUTERS/Jacky Chen
Storm clouds gather over Hanoi’s skyline September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Kham
People wait to take a train to their hometowns, in the Senen train station, which was flooded after heavy rains in the morning, in Jakarta September 6, 2010. Millions of Muslims are expected to leave the capital to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with their relatives, which is from September 10 to 11, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Supri
Couples walk down a slope to line up before a mass wedding ceremony at the Taipei Flora Expo Hall September 9, 2010. A mass wedding ceremony was held for 163 couples on Thursday on the ninth day of the ninth month in the 99th year since the beginning of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The date which makes out to 9.9.99 is an auspicious number as the number ’9′ (pronounced jiu in Chinese) is a homophone that means lasting. REUTERS/Nicky Loh