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3/23/17 – Helsingborg, Sweden – Behoosh Kamaei, 30, of Iran, poses for a portrait at his apartment on Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017. Kamaei fled Iran for being gay, which is illegal there and can be punishable by death, following two separate arrests for the 'crime'. After a journey through Eastern Europe he's come to Sweden but is disappointed by the homophobic Muslim community here and as an atheist, himself, cannot understand why people cannot let others live their truths. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi) This picture is part of a project that examines the experience of queer asylum seekers and refugees coming to Europe from homophobic countries from around the world. It aims to shed light on the added complexities caused by being LGBT while navigating a new culture and citizenship status.

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East Hartford, USA – Yaritza watches TV in her room at home. She is one of five siblings, two of whom has autism, and one of whom has mitochrondrial disease, a genetic disorder leaving the sibling bed-bound and requiring round-the-clock care. Yaritza struggles with mental health issues and has been hospitalized several times.

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Johannesburg, South Africa – Sheila Kadende, 42, and her daughter, Madeleine Cossa, 8, not pictured, leave for Sunday School which Sheila teaches, in Joubert Park on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Sheila and her daughter live in a dilapidated complex known as the Moth Building with hundreds of others who were evicted from their previous building in New Town to make way for a new mall under construction.

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Worcester, MA - Lorna Haddad, daughter of Walter Haddad, smokes outside her home on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Lorna believes her father's recent death was caused by negligent nursing home staff who didn't immediately report an apparent fall during the night. Ironically, Walter Haddad was part of a group of people who founded the nursing home in which he died decades earlier in response to widespread nursing home staff negligence issues.

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Boston, MA - Aylin who declined to give her last name before a march from Roxbury to the Boston Common which was part of a counter-protest to a free speech rally being held there on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazism in the United States.

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Belmont, MA – High school sophomore Mackenzie Brown dances during the third annual Belmont High School Haunted House which raises money for the Saint Rock Haiti Foundationl on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

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Nairobi, Kenya – Diction Murithi, a bone cancer patient, receives chemotherapy in the Texas Cancer Center in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Diction travels 300km to the center for three days every three weeks for treatment for the disease which cost him his leg. He is of the minority of Kenyans living outside of Nairobi who is able to afford or manage cancer treatment.

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Martha's Vineyard, USA - Former CEO of the Martha's Vineyard hospital, Joe Woodin, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He served as the hospital's CEO for only 13 months, before being fired without warning by the board chair earlier in the summer. The community has been left with questions and little answers.

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Inzell, Germany – Stefanie, a volunteer in a German gasthof housing refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, works on her laptop outside her room on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

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Somerville, USA - Musician Haylee Thompson-King poses for a portrait in her Somerville apartment on Friday, August 18, 2017. A Boston-based Americana artist, she tackles gender politics of the Old Testament in her music.

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Boston, USA – Tijan smiles through a wave maker at his mother, Whitney during their trip to the Musuem of Science in Boston, Mass. for his brother, Masi's first birthday on Saturday, December 20th, 2014. At this time, Whitney is a non-traditional student at Tufts University, enrolled full-time for a degree in English while raising two children and starting a non-profit doing aid work and women empowerment in the Gambia and Senegal.

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Aarhus, Denmark – Jen Gotrik enjoys a rare moment of sun at the end of the Danish winter on Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.