Photo essay

As his plane descended into Cairo, photographer Michael Christopher Brown thought of video games. The dense grid of the city’s streets, packed in between the green Nile and arid desert—it looked to him a little like a futuristic landscape conjured from software code. “There was not any evidence of fighting from the air,” he says, though he knew that it was down there, and that it was very real.

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Throughout 2012, Irish photographer Richard Mosse and his collaborators traveled the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking video and photographs of rebel groups.

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As the uprising to oust Syrian President Bashar al Assad moves into its third year, the citizens of Aleppo remain unsure of when or how the fighting will end. The city—a former commercial center—hosts skirmishes between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Assad’s troops on an almost daily basis.

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Mortal Beloved

The extreme perils of motherhood in Sierra Leone

For thousands of women in Sierra Leone, motherhood remains a war zone.

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