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Photo: Malin Fezehai for TIME

'A Kind of Purgatory': African Refugees in Israel

It is estimated that 60,000 African asylum-seekers reside in the State of Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. For these men, women and children, the journey to the country is as perilous as it is difficult.

Photo: Muhammed Muheisen—AP Images for TIME

The Faces of Afghan Refugee Mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day, LightBox asked photographer Muhammed Muheisen to photograph Afghan refugee mothers in Pakistan, and to find out what it is like to be a mother under these difficult circumstances.

Photograph by Shannon Jensen—Getty Images

Shannon Jensen’s project, “A Long Walk,” saw her visit refugee camps in northeast South Sudan. Aiming to document the plight of refugees fleeing both the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, Jensen took an unusual tack: Instead of photographing the refugees themselves, she focused on their worn-out shoes, which she believes are visceral reminders of the struggle of displaced people. The images that emerge are as simple as they are haunting.

Pictured are the shoes of Musa Shep, a 2-year-old boy from the village of Gabanit, South Sudan, who traveled for more than 20 days to reach South Sudan’s northern border. He sat on the shoulders of his mother.

Read more on LightBox about the Open Society Foundation‘s annual Moving Walls exhibition which aims to support photographers working on social, political and human-rights issues that can sometimes fall under the radar.

Photograph by James Nachtwey for TIME

Refugee status is temporary, in theory, but without a place to go back to, limbo begins to look permanent. James Nachtwey explores the refugee crisis sparked by the war in Syria.

Internally displaced Ethnic Rohingya Muslims take shelter in a camp on the outskirts of Sittwe in Rhakine State, Burma on Nov. 25, 2012. (Adam Ferguson—VII for TIME)

Burma Unbound: Photos from a Waking Nation by VII Photo Agency’s Adam Ferguson. See more on LightBox.

Oct. 10, 2012. A wounded Syrian man lies on a boat as he is transferred to Turkey over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province. Scores of Syrian civilians, many of them women with screaming children clinging to their necks, crossed Orontes, a narrow river marking the border with Turkey as they fled the fighting in Azmarin and surrounding villages. 

From the Taliban shooting of a 14-year-old activist in Pakistan to the vice-presidential debate in Kentucky to angry protests against the German Chancellor’s visit in Greece and a human tower in Spain, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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Jan. 2012. Istanbul. Under the hum of fluorescent strip lights, 16-year-old Danesh wields an oversized pair of sheers, snipping away a small pieces of animal fur in the freezing cold basement kargah that has been his home for the past two months. From war-torn Kapisa province, the boy, whose name means knowledge, stays constantly alert, absorbing everything that the others say and do. With every member of his family killed, Danesh has educated himself on his travels, spending four years alone on the road west that his brought him this far to the dirty factories of Istanbul.

Alixandra Fazzina photographs the hardships faced by underage refugees fleeing Afghanistan. See more here.

Jamil Wassouf and his grandchildren Tayma, Mohammad and Israa

TIME’s Peter Hapak was granted vast access during the first week of April to the Reyhanli and Yayladagi camps in Turkish territory to document, through words and pictures, the travails of the thousands who were fleeing Syria. See more here.

Bronx, New York City, September 2011. 

Sonny Vaahn, 25, holds the refugee identification card of his family members, which was given upon initial entry into a refugee camp along the Thai-Cambodian border following the end of the Killing Fields in Cambodia.

Over the course of the last year, Pete Pin has engaged in a series of conversations about what it means to be Cambodian, while photographing Cambodian-Americans in Philadelphia, Pa.; Lowell, Mass. and the Bronx, N.Y. See more here.

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