A Year in Photos

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

In 2022, the Pulitzer Center supported photojournalism that captured a wide array of the year’s most definitive moments. The work featured here exemplifies visual storytelling with depth and nuance. These images show the heartbreak of conflict, demands for justice, and the global fight for liberty and equality. They beckon viewers to witness the effects of deforestation and meet the communities living on the front lines of climate change.

Together, this collection of Pulitzer Center-supported work visualizes our mission to raise awareness of underreported global issues, sustain attention on urgent stories, and hold those in power to account. Our grants and fellowships for freelance and staff photojournalists aim to cultivate equal representation of voices in our work and the journalism we support.

Photojournalism is a powerful mechanism to provoke positive change. Universally understood, visual storytelling communicates across languages, distances, and lived experiences. It takes great care, intention, and determination to produce work with such impact, and we are thankful to our grantees and reporting partners for furthering the Pulitzer Center's mission.

At night on a grass plain, a person wearing a black sweater and red-and-white skirt puts a jacket around an alpaca to protect it from the cold and frosty weather.
During the rainy season, jackets are placed on the alpacas to protect them from cold and frosty weather. Families who manage the herds move them to higher altitudes to prevent the alpacas from eating the grasses that grow further down the mountains. The animals will need that pasture later in the year. Pictured is a baby alpaca wearing a jacket.
  Alessandro Cinque | National Geographic
Four children play, enclosed by a stone wall with a rocky hill in the background. The child on the left wears a lion mask. In the back, a child walks while holding a skirt. On the right are two smiling children, one holding the other.
Bakhtiari youngsters enjoy a moment of fun. One of the kids is wearing a lion mask that his parents bought him on a trip they'd made to a city. Bakhtiari children typically study through middle school but do not attend high school.
Enayat Asadi | NPR
An older man sits cross-legged on the floor, lighting a cigarette.
“We can’t leave our land,” Azizbek Lulbekov, 72, says. “This is where our ancestors are buried." Last winter, temperatures in Alichur, Tajikistan, and surrounding areas nosedived to minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit (-60 Celsius).
Fredrik Lerneryd | Inverse
A woman in a red-and-white, polka-dot dress lies on her aunt’s lap. The aunt is administering a spiritual painting ritual.
Maial Kaiapó, a candidate for federal deputy for the state of Pará, Brazil, receives the genipap painting from her aunt. The task is carried out exclusively by women. According to the Kaiapós, painting is a form of spiritual protection and should only be done when the body is in good health.
Gabriela Portilho | Um Só Planeta

"A visibilidade de mulheres como Sônia Guajajara, Joenia Wapichana, Vanda Witoto e Maial Kaiapó, tem atraído a atenção de muitas meninas e jovens mulheres indígenas nas aldeias, que já pensam em também ocupar espaços na política no futuro.

A inclusão dessas mulheres na política é fundamental, já que a ausência de políticas públicas para os indígenas está justamente relacionada à falta de representantes nos espaços onde são tomadas as decisões."


"The visibility of women like Sonia Guajajara, Joenia Wapichana, Vanda Witoto, and Maial Kaiapó in politics has attracted the attention of many Indigenous girls and young women in the villages, who are already thinking about also occupying spaces in politics in the future. 

Their inclusion in these spaces is essential, since the absence of public policies for Indigenous peoples is precisely related to the lack of representatives in the spaces where decisions are taken."

Two people kiss while two women look on smiling.
“Showing love on the streets shouldn’t be a problem in my ideal world, but it still is.” Tam, a 23-year-old nonbinary dancer (second from left), kisses polyamory partner Widad in the market. Some people were curious, others were mad and told them that God would judge them.
  Irina Werning | DER SPIEGEL
A man bends over and reaches for a bucket of glue. He is pasting pesos onto a wall as wallpaper. His trousers are sagging, and part of his bottom is showing.
Irina Werning photographed her husband papering walls with 10-peso bills—which is cheaper than buying wallpaper. Her husband’s trousers are worn deliberately low, "to show how exposed and naked we are to inflation," according to the photographer.
Irina Werning | The Guardian
Artist Arianne King Comer works with indigo ink and rice paper at a farm on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Indigo is growing again in South Carolina, revived by artisans and farmers with a modern take on a forgotten history.
Artist Arianne King Comer works with indigo ink and rice paper at a farm on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Indigo is growing again in South Carolina, revived by artisans and farmers with a modern take on a forgotten history.
Caroline Gutman | Smithsonian Magazine
On the left: A hand is pictured holding a Purple Martin, a blue-and-black bird, in front of a blue background.  On the right: Black treetops and many birds are shown against a deep blue and cloudy sky.
Radio tags affixed to Purple Martins (left) will help researchers track their journeys north. Vast numbers of the swallows pass through one roost in the heart of the Amazon before winging their way to North American birdhouses. Studying it could provide clues to the species’ decades-long decline.
Dado GaldieriAudobon

Buildings set in a tree-filled hill. Clouds cover the top of the hill.
View of Támesis, a coffee-growing town in the Andean highlands. As the workforce on small- and mid-sized coffee farms throughout Colombia rapidly ages, coupled with a growing exodus of rural youth to the country’s burgeoning cities, there are fewer workers willing or able to do the labor to sustain Colombia’s vital economic and cultural mainstay.
Brett Marsh | Pulitzer Center

"Colombia’s coffee region has long captured my attention not only due to its stunning natural landscape, but also the profound industrial and cultural impact that human activity has had on the land.

My narrative writing and photographic approach to this story was to pay respect to this beauty, tension, and uncertainty, particularly through the voices and faces of Jose Fernando Tavárez and Ruben Dario. Though of different backgrounds, both men are rooted in their homeland and offer us an example of how to move through dramatic change and uncertainty with dignity and grace."


Four women wearing backpacks trek through green vegetation, with a tree-covered mountain visible in the background.
A group of Xavante women walk amid savanna vegetation toward the slopes of the Roncador mountain range during a modern-day dzomori, or expedition, to collect native seeds of the Ripá tribe on Pimentel Barbosa Indigenous territory in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Brazil's Roncador mountain range looms over the savanna.
Dado Galdieri | The Washington Post
A woman and child sit on a blanket on dusty ground, surrounded by brush and a few tents.
A Somali woman and child wait to be given a spot to settle at a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Dollow. Somalia has long known droughts, but the climate shocks are now coming more frequently, leaving less room to recover and prepare for the next.
Jerome Delay | Associated Press
A person carries a large carton of eggs alongside the water. It is raining heavily. Stacks of cinder blocks and other debris are also visible.
A porter carries eggs from a boat to the market during a downpour. Everything has to be shipped to Binuangan Island from the main island of Luzon.
James Whitlow Delano | Inside Climate News
A man sits next to a pile of empty bee hives in boxes, feeding chickens.
Hüseyin Aydın, a beekeeper and former village head, near his empty hives in Muğla, Turkey. Aydın lost his house during the 2021 wildfires that devastated the country’s pine honey region. Heat and drought could soon bring the same fate to other beekeepers.
 Özge Sebzeci | The Atlantic
A person wearing a yellow shirt, orange vest, yellow construction hat, and a purple face wrap tips his head back to take a sip from a water bottle.
A worker on a World Cup construction site in Lusail City, Qatar, tries to stay hydrated during extreme heat conditions. Thousands of migrant workers died in the decade leading up to the games.
Ed Kashi | VII/TIME

"I see the issue of heat stress and work to be one of the growing challenges we face in light of climate change. Focusing on Nepalese workers who had traveled to Qatar to work on the World Cup facilities was a timely and important way to amplify this issue to a global audience.

The value of visual reporting is only growing in impact, and to have this work appear during the World Cup couldn’t have been better timing to emphasize the need to address this pressing issue."


An overhead shot of a dried river basin with a few small pools in the center. A woman with a bucket gathers water from the pools.
A woman gathers water from isolated pools within the dried basin of the Lusitu River. Lusitu is transforming into a desert due to the ongoing effects of climate change.
Colleen Henegan | Pulitzer Center
A person in dark clothing rides a white horse through snow, with ice, mountains, and a city in the background.
Qargha Reservoir in winter, on the outskirts of Kabul. Despite worsening winter conditions, many families in Afghanistan cannot afford to burn coal or wood.
Kern Hendricks | Undark
A captain in a yellow coat and hood with a red life jacket stands on an ice-covered boat with a wave, sea spray, and birds in the background.
First mate Eben Brown talks with his crew as they break ice from the surfaces of the Pinnacle on January 18, 2022, southwest of St. Matthew Island, Alaska. Ice from freezing spray can add a significant amount of weight to a boat, jeopardizing its stability.
Loren HolmesAnchorage Daily News
 Black and white photograph of a man sitting and holding a gun, with a small bit of light shining through a window.
On the stalemated frontline near Marinka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, where the Ukrainian Army had fought since 2014 against Russian annexation. A month before, Russia began massing troops on its border with Ukraine next to Donbas.
Paolo Pellegrin | The New York Times
A woman is taken into custody by two people, one person holding her arms on either side. A helicopter is in the foreground.
Gladis Galindo is a 53-year-old peasant woman and mother of seven children who has lived in the Tinigua National Park since 2008. She only learned five years ago that her land belonged to the conservation area. Galindo was taken into custody as part of Operation Artemis, an army-led offensive that targeted dozens of subsistence farmers populating national parks in Colombia. 
Andrés Cardona | Al Jazeera
At an emergency drop-off area outside a hospital, a sign reads, "Police emergency drop-off area."
Once a gunshot victim makes it to the hospital, a security guard will frisk the victim and remove any weapons before a nurse and paramedic take them inside the trauma bay on a stretcher. Gunshot victims may see over 100 people from the time they are shot until they are fully recovered—part of the vast but largely hidden economic and psychological cost of gun violence.
James Sprankle | BuzzFeed News
A woman stands in a field with tall grain, her back facing the camera. She is wearing a teal skirt and yellow shirt, with a head wrap.
The Cabo Delgado conflict has been devastating to women and girls, as insurgents—known as al-Shabaab—take them captive to be married to fighters, or trafficked over international borders.
Ed Ram | The Telegraph
A group of women dressed in colorful clothing sit in rows. Many are clapping. A peace activist stands up in the middle and speaks.
Liberata Buratwa, who has been running a network of women peace activists for decades, speaks to people displaced by a rebel offensive in Rutshuru, a town in the North Kivu province of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ongoing clashes have killed more people than any conflict since World War II. “I have been working for peace since I was very young,” Buratwa says. In 2008, at the height of a spate of massacres, she led a delegation of women to meet with the leader of the feared rebel group known by the acronym CNDP. “We told him, 'My son, rebellion will lead you nowhere, the bush is for the animals, not for the people.'"
Hugh Kinsella Cunningham | National Geographic

"Documentary work in countries affected by conflict often focuses on scenes of destruction, suffering and displacement. We wanted to show a different side of this story, where people fight to put a stop to violence and bring harmony back to their communities.

This project is important to us because it shows that women, and Congolese civilians in general, are not just victims, they also display incredible resilience and determination to end the ongoing brutal wars."


An imam stands in a blue robe and white cap holding a book.
Imam Mounou Y'Moussa has already faced several threats from alleged jihadists. Northern Benin is at the center of an escalation of attacks and risks being overwhelmed as the climate crisis foments resentment.
Marco Simoncelli | DW
A black and white scene of a destroyed market.
Barabashovo market after being shelled by Russian forces.
Paolo Pellegrin | The New York Times
Two men in uniform with red and green detailing stand beside a casket, covered in a red and green flag. On the back wall, there are flowers, and a cross hangs above the casket.
Two leaders of the Indigenous Guard come to pay their respects over the coffin of Albeiro Camayo, a senior member of the guard who was killed by FARC dissidents. Protecting Indigenous lands from FARC dissidents and other groups who wreak havoc on the environment through illegal gold mining and the cultivation of coca—the raw ingredient for cocaine—is now the guard’s main purpose.
Nadège Mazars | Al Jazeera
A father says goodbye to his wife and daughter through the window of a bus.
A father says goodbye to his wife and daughter through the window of a Team Humanity bus in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, as Russian forces continue their bombardment of the city.
  Michael G. Seamans | USA Today

A woman in a gray headscarf and white sweater poses looking at the camera, with her hand under her chin. She stands in front of a green and blue plaid background.
“I always had this dream in my life—to be a girl who wears her hijab and plays soccer,” says Masomeh Hussaini, 15, from Afghanistan. But in Iran, where she spent most of her childhood, she wasn’t allowed to play. “My second dream was to become a neurosurgeon and treat my sister,” she continues. Two years ago, she and her family came to Europe to seek medical help for her younger sister. Her father had to carry his sick daughter throughout the journey, while her mother, pregnant with twins, suffered a miscarriage of one of the babies when their boat capsized. Now in Greece, she plays soccer every day but, she says, “when I am happy, I suddenly flash back to those memories. I can never forget them.”
Zahra Mojahed | National Geographic

Four young women sit laughing and leaning on each other.
Young women burst into laughter when the conversation turns to menstruation. As in many parts of the world, members of the nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal tribal groups in Jammu and Kashmir have their own beliefs and taboos when it comes to menstruation, and significant stigma surrounds the topic. Thanks to awareness campaigns among the younger generation, there is hope among tribal members that things will change.
Shefali Rafiq | OpenDemocracy

"The most difficult part of my project Kashmir’s Tribal Women Suffer Very Poor Menstrual Health. What’s to Blame? was to narrate the story visually. I spent time with the women and made them comfortable enough to get photographed. Since I wanted to show what they go through during their periods, I waited for two of my characters to menstruate and started documenting them.

The idea of the story took birth after seeing the women suffer during their periods because they couldn’t dry their clothes in the open owing to the taboo that no one should see the cloth used for periods. It was during that time that I got the idea of documenting this story because I knew there was more to what I was witnessing."


A pharmacist puts boxes of drugs back onto a shelf at a pharmacy. Religious images and portraits hang above the pharmacy shelves.
Pharmacy manager Victor Olvera puts boxes of drugs back onto the shelf at the Uncle Sam Pharmacy in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. South Texas residents have long traveled south of the border to obtain medications, including abortion-inducing drugs.
  Jason GarzaThe Texas Tribune

A young woman wearing a cropped white shirt poses in front of a tree. Her hair is in two braids.
Makayla Montoya Frazier needed an abortion at age 19. After a visit to a clinic in Texas, prior to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, it took her another month to get an abortion.
  Sarah Karlan | Teen Vogue

A close-up of a teen's arm across a pink dress. / has a bracelet on their wrist and pink nails.
Details of Lisbeth’s dress and nails are shown in a photo at her quinceañera in December 2021. She thought her celebration might not be possible because of the pandemic and violence.
 Lexi Parra | The Washington Post
A multicolor disco ball hangs on a reddish-pink ceiling next to a lightbulb.
A homemade disco ball hangs from the ceiling at Nayreth’s baby shower, held in the La Vega neighborhood.
Lexi Parra | The Washington Post

"Working on What Remains was the most challenging and rewarding process I have experienced. It was only possible because of the women who were brave enough to share the most traumatic losses of their lives.

Through organic relationships and deep trust, I felt extremely privileged to be allowed in to make images that spoke both to the tragedies, but also to the moments of joy and resilience that helped this community start to heal."


A woman in a pink dress holding a green bandana stands in front of a green sign that says, "#AbortoLegalYA VIVAS Y LIBRES EN MÉXICO"
Alessandra Flores, passing by on June 29, 2022, during her quinceañera photoshoot, stopped to pose holding a green bandana in support of reproductive rights near the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Verónica G. Cárdenas | The Texas Tribune
A daughter leans on her mother’s shoulder. The mother looks directly at the camera. Both women are wearing head scarves. They stand in front of a white cloth with embroidered flowers.
Biology teacher Najiba Ebrahimi and her daughter, Azada, in São Paulo, Brazil. Both women were forced to abandon their lives in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.
 Luisa Dörr | TIME
Two people in a boat hold a flag. On the left, a person with short hair, a t-shirt, and a backpack. On the right, a person wearing an orange dress twirls with one hand up—their long hair and bangs flowing in the wind.
Vanda Witoto (Rede-AM), who ran for federal deputy for Amazonas, was among the candidates supported by the Indigenous movement in Brazil's 2022 elections. Planes, boats and speedboats are among the means of transport that Witoto needs to use to travel through villages in the Amazon, logistics that make her campaign more expensive.
 Danila Bustamante | Reporter Brasil
Three women stand holding hands, making direct eye contact with the camera with serious expressions.
Daniela Silva poses for a portrait with two of the women who inspire her struggle: Francineide Ferreira dos Santos and Raimunda Gomes da Silva. All three were expelled from their land due to the construction of the Belo Monte dam.
Pablo AlbarengaEl País
An aerial view of trees in the Amazon rainforest. In the middle, a landing strip is carved out of the trees.
An illegal airstrip in Yanomami Indigenous territory in the Brazilian Amazon. An investigation supported by the Rainforest Investigations Network identified 1,269 unregistered airstrips throughout Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, many of which supply a thriving illicit mining industry that surged under former President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.
Victor Moriyama | The New York Times
A man in a cowboy hat stands in front of a pasture of cattle, looking sideways.
Ferreira Sandes negotiates a deal for a group of cattle in São Félix do Xingu, Brazil. Cattle outnumber people almost 20-to-1 in Brazil’s Amazon jungle. Beef farmed by ranchers on protected lands ultimately makes its way to American consumers through the global supply chain.
Jonne Roriz | Bloomberg
An older man sits in a chair, looking off to the side. He is wearing a feathered headdress and a pink button-down shirt. In the background to the right, a woman and child look on.
O indígena Kokama Raimundo Moreira Filho, 64, posa para foto em sua casa localizada na periferia de Tefe, cidade na região do Medio Solimões. Seu Raimundo se mudou para a cidade para acompanhar de perto a situação de seu filho Frankly Mota, 27, que foi preso por suspeita de participação em um grupo de piratas que atua nessa região. Na foto, ao fundo, Dheimily Oliveira da Silva, a companheira do jovem preso.
Raimundo Moreira Filho, a 64 year-old member of the Indigenous Kokama community, is shown in his home on the outskirts of Tefe, Brazil. Filho moved to the city to be closer to his son Frankly Mota, 27, who was arrested on suspicion of participating in a group of pirates that operates in the region. Dheimily Oliveira da Silva, the partner of the young man who was arrested, is also pictured.
 Lalo de Almeida | Folhapress

"Passados quase 4 anos desse governo era importante mostrar as consequências dessa política de não demarcação dos territórios e os impactos nessas populações indígenas. Os indígenas tem uma relação profunda com o território. Não é só o lugar onde moram e conseguem o alimento.

A floresta, o rio, os animais são a própria existência desses povos. Não proteger esses territórios significa exterminar essas culturas."


"After almost four years of this government, it was important to show the consequences of this policy of not demarcating territories and the impacts on these Indigenous populations. It is not only the place where they live and get food.

The forest, the river, the animals are the very existence of these peoples. Not protecting these territories means exterminating these cultures."

A dark and blurry image of a person standing at the water's edge. A green light comes from their headset and shines on the water.
Marcos Uzquiano Howard at night, on the banks of the Quendeque River. In the north of La Paz, Bolivia, dozens of mining camps run by Chinese nationals operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to extract gold.
Manuel SeoaneOjoPúblico
In a marshy area surrounded by green plants, a young boy stands on top of the front of a boat and steers with a long stick of bamboo. He is supported by another young boy on the left, who holds onto the boat while walking in the water.
Alomgir, 11, steers a boat toward a field where he can collect grass for his family’s animals in Kushtia district. Hundreds of thousands of children across the country entered the workforce during the pandemic, and many have been unable to return to school.
Allison Joyce | TIME

A shirtless man wearing a brown cowboy hat sits on a horse in marshy lands.
António Lima, 81, the oldest cowboy in the Papagaio community in Santa Rita, Brazil, is pessimistic about the future of his family. Since the construction of power lines in the mangroves, he says, his family is no longer able to catch enough fish to ensure their survival.
Gui ChristPúblico

Two images. Left: A woman stands in a flooded rice field, wearing a wide straw hat. The clouds are a dark gray. Right: In the same scene, a house in a field is pictured against trees.
A number of people on Bangka Island are forced to farm in the middle of oil palm plantations. Palm oil is one of the crops that threatens the living space of people on the island.
Nopri Ismi | Project Multatuli

"Melalui project ini, saya mendapat perspektif kreatif dari masyarakat lokal, tentang bagaimana upaya mereka dalam menjaga hutan di sebuah lanskap yang memiliki interkoneksi unik, antara manusia, satwa, tumbuhan, bahkan makhluk gaib dalam dunia kosmologi mereka.

Sejauh ini, apa yang saya lakukan terkait project ini, telah membangkitkan semangat di tingkat masyarakat lokal untuk menjaga hutan mereka, tentunya dengan cara mereka sendiri."


"Through this project, I got creative perspectives from local communities on how they try to protect the forest in a landscape that has unique interconnections between humans, animals, plants, and even supernatural beings in their cosmological world.

So far, what I've done with this project has generated enthusiasm at the local community level to protect their forests, in their own way."

Two officials lead a hooded suspect through a crowd. The suspect is wearing a red, white, and black sweatshirt and a white hat, looking down at the dusty, brown ground. A crowd surrounds and some onlookers take photos.
Authorities lead a suspect to the search site for the remains of slain journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira in a remote region of Vale do Javari in the Brazilian Amazon.
Avener Prado | Agência Pública
A blurred crowd passes in front of a person wearing a headdress and holding up a cell phone to take a picture.
Police guard in a massive march of representatives of up to 25 Indigenous ethnic groups along Paralela Avenue, in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador.
Pablo AlbarengaEl País
A veiled elderly woman stands in front of a wall covered in dated family photographs.
Juana keeps warm in her house in San Jose de Gracia, Baja California, Mexico. “It was never this cold in the winter,” she said. As weather patterns change and water security evaporates, the last keepers of the community’s cultural heritage look towards an uncertain future.
Sofia Aldinio | Atmos

"Durante el proyecto Until We Are Gone usé prácticas colaborativas, en donde algunos miembros de la comunidad de San José de Gracia, usaron dibujos hechos por ellos mismos para relatar una parte de su historia que estaba indocumentada.

Encontré esta colaboración importante, ya que ellos fueron los que vivieron esta experiencia. Con esta práctica se generó un despertar entre los miembros para conservar la memoria de San José de Gracia."


"During the project Until We Are Gone I used collaborative practices, where some members of the community of San José de Gracia, used drawings made by themselves to tell a part of their history that was undocumented.

I found this collaboration important, since they were the ones who lived this experience. This practice generated an awakening among the members to preserve the memory of San José de Gracia."

Five people work on a coastal grave site. Water and green hills are in the background. White crosses, flags, and white-and-purple flowers cover the grave site. Three of the people dig in the ground.
Anastasia Ashouwak's remains were reburied in the cemetery next to family in the village of Old Harbor, Alaska, 121 years after she left home for an Indian boarding school. Old Harbor, population ~250, is Alutiiq village on Kodiak Island, 40 miles southeast of the City of Kodiak by air. I
Brian Adams | Native News Online
A profile of a woman looking sideways in dim lighting. In the blurred background, there are two crosses on a wall that surround a frame. A floor plant and light are also visible on the right side of the image.
Amnisty is shown at her family's home in Paris, Texas. According to Amnisty, her son has suffered abuse while in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department system.
Ben TorresThe Texas Tribune

A woman holds a small, malnourished baby.
The baby, Jendriannys, showed symptoms of severe malnutrition. The hijo de la mina syndrome, translated as “child of the mine,” is a group of symptoms shown in children under 2 years old who are abandoned by mothers who, pressured by the economic crisis, leave to work in the gold mines south of Venezuela.
Manaure QuinteroProdavinci

Three people kneel with their heads down in prayer. Pain is visible on their faces.
Debbie Geno, 53 (left), and Jasmine Babineau, 37 (right), embrace Destiny Plaul, 29, as they kneel at the altar at the Harvest Center Church in Chillicothe, Ohio, on May 23, 2021. In late 2019, Plaul said, she had a dream where she appeared dead because of an overdose and her immediate family grieved over her corpse. The chaotic dream inspired her to give up use of methamphetamines and embrace her faith. Although she is no longer drug dependent, she has had difficulty finding a job or housing. “I was praying for peace and direction on where to go,” said Plaul. “Even though I’m sober, I’m still lost. There are 200 more steps to go.”
Eli Hiller | Pulitzer Center
Two young girls wearing green sit in a field. Masks hang under their chins. An airplane is visible overhead.
An airplane flies overhead as students at Donald J. Meyer Elementary School play outside. The federal government has continued to allow toxic levels of lead in airplane fuel used by most of the nation’s 170,000 small, piston-engine aircraft.
McNair Evans | Quartz
Three people in a line pose in a pool, with eyes facing the camera and elbows on the edge of the pool.
Travielle Pope, left, spends time with his children. Pope, who spent 28 years incarcerated in California, was released from a life sentence in 2018. “I basically went from living in a fishbowl, you know, which is the prison yard, to swimming in an ocean,” says Pope, on his reentry process. “Everything was moving so fast.”
Brandon Tauszik | Los Angeles Times
A group of young women smile and laugh as they take selfies in front of a heavily secured gate.
South Africa has more private security guards, employed by companies like Fidelity ADT, than the police and military combined.
Madelene Cronje | MIT Technology Review

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