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NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
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12 Apr. 2018
Song Byeok, 48, poses for a photograph in Seoul, South... more
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
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12 Apr. 2018
Seoul, South Korea
Song Byeok, 48, poses for a photograph in Seoul, South Korea, September 27, 2017. Byeok was a propaganda artist. His father drowned trying to cross the Tumen river, in 2000. When the artist finally left North Korea in 2001, he brought photos of his family with him. "We left that August to find food," Byeok recalled, describing the first attempt. "We were from a town further inland, and we weren't sure where the river was high and where it was low. I didn't know at the time but the river was swollen because of the rainy season. I thought we had to cross it anyway. All I could think about was getting to China to buy food. I took off my clothes and tied them into a rope to strap us together. I told my father not to let go. As we approached the middle of the river, the strap felt lighter. I looked back and saw my father drifting away. I was devastated. He was going under the water and couldn't get out. I rushed up to the (North Korean) border guards and asked them to save him but they just said why did I come out, why didn't I die too. They handcuffed me and took me away. It was Aug. 28. I was tortured by the "bowibu" (North Korean secret police) in Hoeryong, then jailed for four months in Chongjin prison camp. But after I was released from the camp I felt like I needed to survive and carry on living. Right before I tried to defect again, I went back home and grabbed my family photos. Even if I died trying, I thought, at least I would have this picture with me. I never found my father. After I came to South Korea, I went back to China in 2004 and held a memorial service for him by the river. My heart still aches." REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji SEARCH "DEFECTORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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5 Feb. 2018
A rescue team set up a line across the swollen Ciliwung... more
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8 Oct. 2017
A bridge shows the effects of a swollen river as recovery... more
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8 Oct. 2017
A damaged home shows the effects of a swollen river... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/BANGLADESH
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18 Sep. 2017
A Rohingya refugee woman is carried in a sling, through... more
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18 Sep. 2017
A Rohingya refugee carries a baby through a swollen... more
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18 Sep. 2017
A Rohingya refugee carries a baby through a swollen... more
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17 Sep. 2017
Rohingya cross a swollen river at a refugee camp in... more
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17 Sep. 2017
Rohingya cross a swollen river at a refugee camp in... more
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Girl survives air strike that killed her family in Yemen
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Houston under water
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YEMEN-SECURITY/AIRSTRIKE
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26 Aug. 2017
Her bruised eyes still swollen shut, Buthaina Muhammad... more
ASIA-STORM/JAPAN
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6 Jul. 2017
Trees washed down by swollen river are seen after heavy... more
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
A local resident walks in an area damaged by swollen... more
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
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6 Jul. 2017
An area damaged by swollen river after heavy rains... more
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6 Jul. 2017
A woman is seen at an area damaged by swollen river... more
CANADA-QUEBEC/FLOODS
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11 May. 2017
Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (L) and... more
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14 Oct. 2016
Flood waters from the swollen Tar River inundate a... more
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
Residents of a flooded neighborhood survey the extent... more
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
Flood waters from the swollen Tar River rise into a... more
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14 Oct. 2016
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14 Oct. 2016
Tarboro residents are reflected in flood waters as... more
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9 Oct. 2016
The swollen Cape Fear River rises to a signboard for... more
STORM-MATTHEW/USA
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9 Oct. 2016
A swollen creek runs under and around a collapsed section... more
USA-TEXAS-FLOOD/
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31 May. 2016
Flood waters from the rain-swollen Brazos River continue... more
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31 May. 2016
A house is flooded by water from the rain-swollen Brazos... more
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31 May. 2016
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31 May. 2016
A mobile home park is flooded by the rain-swollen Brazos... more
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31 May. 2016
Jeff Harper drives his boat on the rain-swollen Brazos... more
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4 Jan. 2016
The river Dee flows very close to Abergeldie Castle,... more
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4 Jan. 2016
The river Dee flows very close to Abergeldie Castle,... more
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4 Jan. 2016
The river Dee flows very close to Abergeldie Castle,... more
USA-WEATHER/
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31 Dec. 2015
The Mississippi River is pictured flowing at 800,000... more
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31 Dec. 2015
The Mississippi River is pictured flooding parts of... more
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31 Dec. 2015
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydro technician Jason... more
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31 Dec. 2015
The Mississippi River is pictured flowing at 800,000... more
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31 Dec. 2015
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydro technicians, Eric... more
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31 Dec. 2015
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydro technician Scott... more
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31 Dec. 2015
Scott Southern (L) and Aaron Walsh, hydro technicians... more
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Earthprints: Singapore
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CLIMATECHANGE-SUMMIT/EARTHPRINTS-SINGAPORE
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19 Nov. 2015
Commuters walk to the train station during evening... more
CLIMATECHANGE-SUMMIT/EARTHPRINTS-SINGAPORE
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19 Nov. 2015
Containers are stacked up at PSA's Tanjong Pagar container... more
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