Street Portraits: The Faces Of India And Pakistan

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Sufi, Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan Source: Bored Panda

Parents often discourage their kids from backpacking, and not necessarily just out of safety concerns; it’s often the case that once their children are exposed to the world’s intricacies waiting just beyond their own borders, they’ll never come back. Such is the case with Lukas Szolc-Nartwoski. Since 2007, Szolc-Nartowski has roamed the streets of India and Pakistan, furthering his passion for photography and capturing stunning portraits of the people he encounters. Backpacking through the region since his first visit to India in 2001, his views–and subsequently, his art–have become increasingly complex.

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Five Lesser Known Genocides

2 Million Ethnic Germans Perish After World War 2

As history’s most known genocide, the Holocaust was so disturbing and catastrophic that it’s become synonymous in the Western Hemisphere with mass genocide. Hitler’s pathological anti-Semitism wiped out nearly 80% of Europe’s Jews as well as five million of many other oft-targeted minorities, from homosexuals to the disabled to Communists.

He wasn’t too keen on Germany’s eastern neighbors either, and in many respects, the secret genocide of World War II is the wholesale slaughter of 1.5 million Romani, 2 Million Poles, and anywhere between 8 to 21 million Soviets at the hands of the Nazis.

As Allied victory became a question of when and not how, Stalin met with President Truman and Prime Minister Attlee to discuss post-war Europe at the Potsdam Conference. Among other tense exchanges, they agreed to the “orderly transfer” of displaced Germans back to their homeland, a vague and uncommitted phrase that would become the justification behind one of history’s worst instances of misplaced aggression.

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Dazzling Dassu

Dazzling Dasu Pakistan

Found in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan, the town of Dassu is certainly a bucolic beauty.

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