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Young girls leave a camp for internally displaced persons to gather firewood in Darfur, Sudan

Young girls leave a camp for internally displaced persons to gather firewood in Darfur,
Sudan. For some, the work will take more than seven hours, lead them past government
checkpoints and leave them exposed to attacks from militants and bandits. Photo by Ron Haviv/VII

Ron Haviv is an American photojournalist and co-founder of the VII Photo Agency. His career has focused on conflict and humanitarian crises around the world since the end of the Cold War. His photography has been recognized by many organizations, including World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, and has been featured in the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published three books and has been the central character in three films, including National Geographic Explorer's Freelance in a World of Risk.

"This is an image from Darfur, Sudan, the most recent example of genocide in our world.

"This young girl presents herself with dignity, pride, and a quiet and powerful resilience. It makes me believe that no matter how difficult life may become, one can survive."