Gun toting Fatah party supporters revel in the streets on election night in Gaza City in the Palestinian Territories. Hamas later declared victory.
Tom Hall, 65, has been a cook for eleven years at Chick and Ruth's Delly on Main Street in Annapolis, Md. He pauses during the morning breakfast rush to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge is a morning tradition, seven days a week at the neighborhood coffee-shop. Behind him is fellow cook Alex Balmes, 27.
US soldiers sit in the glow of red lights during a combat landing on a C-17 heading into Baghdad, Iraq.
Delshawnda King, 25, and Keonda King, 20, sisters of LaVonda ÅNikkiÃ King, victim of the Washington DC Metro crash, honor her memory in a funeral service at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Md. Cited as the deadliest train crash in Metro history, MondayÅs rush-hour collision between two transit trains left 9 dead including community-admired LaVonda King. Keonda King, 20, holds her dead sister's son Andre, 3, while church nurse Diane Thompson looks on.
TRAIL OF TEARS
Doves are released at Harmony Memorial Park in Capitol Heights, Md. Friends and family of LaVonda ÅNikkiÃ King, victim of the Washington DC Metro crash honor her memory in a funeral service at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Md. Internment followed at Harmony Memorial Park in Capitol Heights, Md. Cited as the deadliest train crash in Metro history, MondayÅs rush-hour collision between two transit trains left 9 dead including community-admired LaVonda King.
Kabul residents go about their business in the poorest areas of Kabul as a battle against the Taliban looms in Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan.
Graduating Midshipman and Marines from the United States Naval Academy cheer the Blue Angel fly-over at the start of their graduation ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD.
Florence, 18, her sister Anita, 6, (obscured) and two other men are apprehended by UN peacekeeping troops after a firefight with rebels in a field near the UN base in Kiwanja, Democratic Republic of the Congo. They said they hid in the bush for cover but the UN held them because they were suspected of rebel involvement. With more than 16,600 soldiers, the U.N. Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Monuc, by its French acronym -- is the largest and most complex peacekeeping effort in U.N. history.
The local populations are still not comfortable sharing information that would made it easier to catch the FDLR and other rebels groups, MONUC officials in Goma and Kinshasa lamented. They also say civilians are reluctantly harboring militias or allowing rebels to pass through their villages unreported, a silence that is more fearful than protective.
Police Maj. Honorine Munyole takes the statement of Giselle, 15, who was summoned to the police station by officers who caught the young man she said raped her two weeks earlier. Munyole created the sexual violence unit in Bukavu and has expanded it to almost 30 officers Å barely enough, she says. "Men will not stop raping women as long as they are almost sure to get away with it," Munyole says. "Right now, they know they will not be caught, and until the impunity has disappeared, there is nothing to stop them."
With the chopper holding in a one wheel hover and under enemy fire, Para-rescueman Staff Sgt. Joshua Keyes, 30, Alturas, Cal., left, helps frantic soldiers, right, load their badly wounded comrade onto the chopper in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.
A Caisson Platoon from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard), carry the casket of four star General Henry A. Miley during his full honors funeral in Arlington National Cemetery.
Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard), fold the flag covering the casket of four star General Henry A. Miley during his full honors funeral in Arlington National Cemetery.
Momentos and flowers are left behind at the grave of First Lieutenant Thomas J. Brown in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Afghan children run up a street that separates the village of Hutal from the barbed wire covered walls of Combat Outpost Rath, home to members of Blackwatch Unit, Bravo Company 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment, with the 5th Stryker Brigade, in the Maywan District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Carcasses of dead animals dot a village outside of Kalafo, Ethiopia. Drought conditions in the Somali region of Ethiopia bring villagers to the brink of famine with dead crops and livestock.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most desperate countries in the world to be a child. Despite abundant natural beauty and fertility, armed conflict and related hunger and disease have killed an estimated 5 million people here since 1998--- a veritable second Holocaust that the International Rescue Committee says claims 45,000 new lives every month. The smallest victims and survivors of this catastrophe are children. The ongoing fighting puts millions of them at risk of abuse, disease, grinding poverty and exploitation by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Living within this downward spiral of violence has severe consequences, not least the effects of living traumatized by war and in a culture that seems to have forgotten its children.
With few toys, children make their own out of old jerry cans. More than a thousand families now live in small thatch and tarp huts outside the United Nations peacekeeping base in Kiwanja. Without peace, the Congolese people are among the poorest on the planet. The scale of violence has grown so critical that Human Rights Watch recently estimated 90,000 people who live in the Kivus have in the last few months been displaced by the fighting and the marauding militias.
Aliza Sikiliza (left) goes into labor in a dark room at Masika Katsuva's farm. She was abducted by soldiers and held in captivity as a sex slave for five months before escaping. She is about to have the baby of one of her rapists. Katsuva listens with a stethoscope to the moaning woman's belly, then leaves her alone. "Mamma Masika," as Katsuva is called, says the farm has helped nearly 6,000 women since it opened in 2000. More women turn up at the farm every week, and some go into labor on the rough journey to the farm.
US Capitol Police officers relay orders at the foot of the US Capitol where fellow officers arrested anti war protesters who stormed their line during a large march in Washington DC against the war in Iraq.
Monkeys enjoy a dawn hop around the walls of Amber Fort near Jaipur, India.
Girl's families pay 20-30 Rupees per child per month to attend the Higher Secondary School in the Kashmir town of Gundi Piran in the Patika District. They need text books for 6-10 subjects at a cost of 500-600 Rupees per month. The younger students hold class in the open air, often relying on a campfire for warmth.
A man walks his camel down the Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan. He provides rides for tourists for about 100 Rupees.
With record bumper crops of opium, Afghanistan finds itself adding opium addiction to its long list of problems. Women count for 13% of the country's addicts and 7% of addicts are children. This "mother's little helper" cures a multitude of ills; it fills an empty belly, takes the place of medicine, doctors and dentists that a family cannot afford, and dulls the pain of several generations of war. The Sanga Amaj Treatment Center, Social Services For Afghan Women operates a clinic in Kabul for women and children suffering from opium addiction.
ÅPlease,Ã said a man in Dari, as he held a child over his shoulder in the Kabul street. ÅSome money for my child.Ã The childÅs eyes were dilated. Thin, malnourished and visibly high on opium, his body was too weak to move. Beggars on Kabul's streets often use their addicted children as bait to bring in more money.
New Ensigns, Tyler Christopher Sordelet, Allison Christine Aichele,and Jennifer Antonia Rubin toss their hats at the end of the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2010 at Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Hats litter the ground at the end of the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2010 at Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Douglas Jennings Jr. member of the House of Representatives, SC, shaved "HOPE" on his head enjoys the festivities near the US Capitol on Inauguration day.
A lone visitor to the Jefferson Memorial, Kim Seung Hoon walks down the edge of the marble steps facing the Tidal Basin.