Lucas Oleniuk : 2011
Lucas Oleniuk - Staff Photographer @LucasOleniuk
Miners stand above the infamous Bisie cassiterite deposit in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Minerals from the remote deposit have financed a number of armed groups and are considered conflict minerals.
Thirty-year-old cresseur Jacques Preston rests inside the opening of a post-and-beam supported mine shaft at the Bisie cassiterite deposit. Miners work in cresseur's mine tunnels, some deep as 100m, in 24-hour shifts they are paid 1,300 Congolese francs, $1.40, for 1Kg of cassiterite.
A miner sifts cassiterite in the town of Bisie. The mineral is extracted from a deposit in the nearby Mount Mpama, a 45 minute walk from the town. The cassiterite will be carried out to Njingala, the nearest trading town, in 50 kilogram bags. It will take a porter two days to make the journey. It will then be flown to Goma where it is purchased, illegally, by Chinese buyers.
Thousands of protestors collected at the Salmanaya Hospital in Manama after Bahraini security forces clashed with protestors in a forced evacuation of the Pearl roundabout. Three protestors were killed and more than 50 others sustained serious injuries.
Shiite anti-regime demonstrators drew fire from Bahraini security forces near Manama when they tried to re-enter the Pearl roundabout days after they were forcibly evacuated from the rallying point. A number of the men were seriously injured and at least one person was killed after he was shot in the head with a large caliber bullet. The protestors attempted to deliver flowers to the soldiers as a show of peace. Read the story behind this picture.
Ahmed Essa Abdulhassan wept in the arms of friends after witnessing the body of his father, Essa, who was killed by Bahraini security forces earlier that morning.Hundreds of protestors joined injured family and friends at the Salmanaya Hospital in Manama after Bahraini security forces clashed with unarmed protestors in the Pearl roundabout and forced an evacuation.
Thousands of demonstrators came to support the friends and family of Ali Ahmed Almomen including woman who cried unfder anti-government grafitti and the image of jailed Shiite cleric Sheikh Mohammed Habib al-Moqdad.
Two women crossed police barricades to deliver flowers to Bahraini riot police. The group of demonstrators eventually overtook police barricades Saturday afternoon to regain control of the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain. The two women initiated the move.
Demonstrators celebrated inside the Pearl roundabout Sunday, February 23, 2011 after the Bahraini government released more than 50 political prisoners in a concession to the protestors demands. After their release the prisoners were immediately transported to the Pearl roundabout and were hoisted by the jubilent crowd.
Hundreds of Jordanians continued top protest in downtown Amman pledging solidarity with Egypt. The group is rallying for reform in the new Jordanian government. Rising prices of essentials in the country have been a contentious issue that has to led to public outrage.
Hundreds of pallaqueras, female gold scavengers, scour a fresh load of waste rock from a nearby gold mine in La Rinconada. The mining cooperatives allow the pallaqueras to pick through the unwanted stone for one hour each morning starting at 6:30 am. The women will pick away at prospective stones in hope of finding a speck of gold.
With a population of over 50,000, La Rinconada is now the highest inhabited settlement on earth at an alttitude of 5,200 metres.
A miner rests 200m inside of a La Rinconada mineshaft 5,500m above sea level. Miners in this concession operate on the cachorreo payment system. Depending on production levels the miners will be able to exploit the mine for one or two days per month. The gold that they find during those two days will be their only payment.
A fisherman prepares his boat on Mazan River outside the tiny village of Libertad in early morning light. International malaria researchers are studying mosquitos in the area in an attempt to eradicate the parasite.
A malaria researcher attempts to trap female Anopheles mosquitos using the human landing catch method beside a private residence outside the remote settlement of Libertad, Peru in the Amazon basin. The photograph was created using a 30 second exposure and a torch.
Angel Gabriel, 9 (front), and his brother Kengi Michel, 11, both tested positive for Plasmodium vivax in October of 2011. They sleep together under a mosquito net in a hut a few feet away from the bank of the Mazan River in the tiny village of Libertad where malaria is a constant problem.