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The Year in Pictures: 10 Photos that Redefined 2014

We are not going to remember 2014 for the military operation that ravaged Gaza, for the civil war in Syria, or the rise of radicalism in Iraq. We are going to remember it for the thousands of initiatives that honor life, resilience, and humanity above all. BarakaBits has selected 10 happy photos that redefined 2014. Because happiness, too, can be a form of resistance.

1) The little girl from Gaza who rescued her books among the rubble.

Gaza: Why the Picture of a Girl Rescuing Her Book Traveled the World

2) The Algerian national soccer team, who donated their World Cup prize to Gaza.
Algerian Team Stuns Us All with Act of Generosity

3) The Palestinian artist who turned photos of bombs into symbols of strength.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 20144) The #LetAymanReport social media campaign that brought journalist Ayman Mohyeldin back to humanize the conflict in Gaza.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

5) This Syrian artist, who created the world’s largest mural made of recycled materials in Damascus, a city sunk by civil war.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

6) The Rubble Bucket challenge, a viral campaign that extended to Arab celebrities to shed light on the atrocities suffered by Palestinians in Gaza.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

7) This moment, when synagogues and churches in Cairo hosted various Ramadan iftar in a symbol of unity and brotherhood that defies the current narrative on Middle Eastern conflicts.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

8) When the Yarmouk troupe in southern Damascus set up a piano to resist the intense hunger, cold, and destruction suffered in the besieged camp.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

9) This artist, who set up symbolic open-air clay sculptures in Gaza’s beaches to silently pay homage to the victims of the Israeli operation Protective Edge,

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

10) This brave Spiderman, who appeared in December in Cairo to honor the hardships Egyptians endure on a daily basis.

The Year in Pictures: 10 photos that redefined 2014

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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