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Don’t fuck with people’s feelings

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What happened, happened

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Relationships are harder now

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About mistakes

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You can’t make everybody happy

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Babbel Insights: Untranslatable Words from Other Cultures

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Sometimes a country doesn’t have the word in their language, because the people simply don’t have the act in their culture. Danes always need to explain our word ‘Hygge’.

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Like no one is watching

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What I prefer calling it

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Recognize each other

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It’s not that difficult

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I feel like putting 100 exclamation marks after this quote!

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One day you will wake up

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Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali

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Ms. Djeneba: ” I used to like my scars; they were beautiful. We used to brag about them. But, now, in the city, it is definitely out of fashion.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 2
Mr. Pousnouaga: “It was like an identity card in my family. Each tribe has their scars.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 3
Mr. Guemi: “I already wear my identity card on my face. This is the reason why people did it: to recognize one another. But now, this is over. We can no more be recognized.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 4
Ms. K. Benin: “People would go in groups to get their scarifications, and I went with my friends…”
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Mr. Boudo: “It is not easy to hit on girls with that. Especially, the Ivorians. I think it is not very attractive.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 6
Mr. Salbre: “ I do not want this for my children. We are the last generation.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 7
Ms. Martine: “When I was 10 years, I asked for them. I wanted to be like my brothers and sisters, and to show that I am courageous. “Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 8
Mr. Lawal: “It is here in town that I am ‘nobody’. In the village, I am a noble; people bow down when they see my face! I am proud of that.”Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification, by Joana Choumali 9
Mr. Konabé: “Our parents did this not to get lost in life. When you went somewhere, you could not get lost.”
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Mrs. Sinou: “I refuse to do it to my children. This will stay on my face only.”

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In the large Ivory Coast city of Abidjan it was once common to see Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification. Today only the older people wear scarifications.

Photographer Joana Choumali created this series called “Haabre, The Last Generation 2013-2014″, but she had a hard time finding people to pose for her.

“Scarification is the practice of performing a superficial incision in the human skin. This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes”, Joana Choumali says.

Choumali photographed the participants against a neutral backdrop in the attempt to remove any stigma or judgment from the images. She shoots two images of the same person – one from behind and one from the front or side, showing the scars. From the back the person looks like any other person. But from the front it clearly shows, how this person is marked and unmistakable.

“Opinions (sometimes conflicting) of our witnesses illustrate the complexity of African identity today in a contemporary Africa torn between its past and its future. This “last generation” of people bearing the imprint of the past on their faces, went from being the norm and having a high social value to being somewhat ‘excluded.’”

It’s intriguing to note that while Hââbré is becoming extinct in Africa, it is gaining popularity as “body modification” in other areas of the world.

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Most of the problems in life

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Marie’s Dictionary

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Well done, Marie!
This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

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About anger – by Liza Palmer

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