Photo by @lynseyaddario | After feeling dizzy and weak six months after giving birth, Zamzam Yousuf, 35, came into a clinic in the village of Habasweyn run by the Edna Adan University Hospital. Her blood pressure was extremely high. Yousuf was treated by student midwife Farduus Mubarak, 22, under the watchful eye of the hospital’s founder, Edna Adan Ismail, 81. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland.
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | Althea Tolidanes, eight, watches videos amid gifts of sheets, pillows, and curtains sent home by her father Arjay, who worked in Saudi Arabia to support her. Myra, her mother, describes difficult nights in the Philippines without her dad. Althea would dress her pillows with her father’s basketball jerseys and fall asleep crying as she clutched her father’s photographs. He is back, temporarily, and Althea holds on to her father. "It’s okay if I don’t get more toys," she tells him. "As long as you’re here." The Philippines is one of the top emigrating countries worldwide, with one in ten Filipinos abroad. Around the world Filipinos are ubiquitous across industries: we are nurses, caregivers, seafarers, domestic workers, and engineers. But when overseas Filipinos come home they are bagong bayani: Our new heroes. Sharing images from my first story with @natgeo magazine, on the Filipino diaspora, written by @aurora_alm. #philippines#filipinodiaspora#family#love
Photo by @jimmy_chin | Always follow the light. A brief break in the storm on the Labrador Sea off the coast of Greenland. 69°13′N 51°06′W For more images from Greenland’s Western Coast, follow @jimmy_chin.
Photo by @jasperdoest | Two king penguins overlooking Salisbury Plain in South Georgia. Salisbury Plain is a broad coastal plain found with the Bay of Isles on the north coast of South Georgia. It lies protected between the mouths of Grace and Lucas glaciers. It is best known as the breeding site for as many as 100,000 breeding pairs of king penguins. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the king penguin was ruthlessly hunted for oil, blubber, eggs, and skins. Owing to its gregarious nature at breeding colonies, the king penguin was an extremely easy target for hunters, with the result that some colonies were completely exterminated. Fortunately, following the banning of commercial hunting, the king penguin population has rebounded, and most breeding locations are once again home to large, secure colonies. For more images from South Georgia follow me @jasperdoest. #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in #southgeorgia#penguins#kingpenguins#southgeorgiaisland#nature
Photo by @stephenwilkes | A lone rhino ambles through this painterly scene in the Ngorongoro Crater. This three million year old crater was once a volcano, said to be similar in height to Mount Kilimanjaro before its eruption. It now exists as a natural enclosure for approximately 25,000 animals, allowing photographers and scientists alike to get a closer look at many endangered species who reside here. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #stephenwilkes#tanzania#rhino#endangered#painterly#nature#landscape#nationalgeographic#ngorongorocrater
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Circle of protection: Cheetah cubs getting as close to mom as possible—so they feel safe. The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats, which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison. As with all big cats, the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human-wildlife conflict, where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade; the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones. This is a similar emotion that we as humans feel. Our animal family is so much like us—they find mates, they have offspring, they have to feed themselves and their families. @wildaid @thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork
Photo by @coryrichards | Seemingly endless glacial ice, thousands of years old, dunes of wind-sculpted snow and temperatures well below freezing...the untouched wilderness of Antartica seems to stretch on forever. Taken on assignment for a @NatGeo story on #untamedantartica in 2013. #antarctica#climbing#adventure#natgeo
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | “I dream to become the best fashion designer in the world. I hope I will. I believe there is nothing impossible when you work hard.” This is what 14-year-old Liyana from Jordan dreams of. Liyana suffers from ovarian germ cell tumors, and since July she's been a patient at King Hussein Cancer Center @khcfkhcc, the largest community-based organization in Jordan. Chaired by @princessghidatalal, it's dedicated to combatting cancer, focusing on fundraising and development, global advocacy, public awareness of early detection and prevention, and patient support. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen#jordan#cancerawareness
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | @tooyoungtowed. The United Nations has called the war in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and a recent UN report estimated that more than two-thirds of Yemeni girls are now being married off before 18, compared to 50 percent before the start of the conflict. When a child becomes a bride, she loses the chance to go to school, the right to make decisions about her health, and the ability to determine her future. In 2011 @natgeo published my story, titled @tooyoungtowed; I’ve since created a nonprofit organization of the same name to #empowergirls and #endchildmarriage. In partnership with @solidariosinfronteras, we are now providing 25,000 breakfasts to schoolgirls in war-torn Yemen as an incentive for parents to keep girls in school, when a looming famine makes child marriage an increasingly attractive option to families desperate for one less mouth to feed. Follow us @tooyoungtowed and visit the link in our bio to learn more. #breakfastforeducation#tooyoungtowed#girls#beauty#yemen#holidaygiving#giftsthatgive#color#sunset#girlseducation#letgirlslearn#hope
Photo by @lynseyaddario | A mother of seven, Ayesha Ciisa, 33, arrived at Borama Regional Hospital in Somaliland near death after delivering one of two twins at home. She came to the hospital by auto-rickshaw when the second baby could not be delivered in her village. Despite Ciisa’s severe bleeding, doctors were able to save her with a transfusion. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world, but for my most recent @natgeo story, "Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly," I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has gotten worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.
Photo by @kitracahana | Hanna Cerdan Jacome from Veracruz, Mexico, celebrates Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tijuana, Mexico, on December 12, 2018. To celebrate the day, many pilgrims dress in traditional Mexican clothes. #ourladyofguadalupe#tijuana#mexico