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Split Photos Show Drastic Differences Between Developed And Underdeveloped Nations

Split Photos Show Drastic Differences Between Developed And Underdeveloped NationsUğur Gallenkuş/Instagram

Though regular news reports and viral stories work to keep us updated on events happening around the world, we can often feel very far-removed from tragedies occurring in other countries.

In developed nations, as many of us go about our days; working, drinking coffee or relaxing, enjoying pastimes or holidays, it can be easy to forget the horrors other people have to face every day.

Were not necessarily ignoring, or ignorant to, the issues in developing or Least Developed Countries (LDCs), but its often a world away from what many of us know, truly hard to imagine what the situation is like.

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#REMAKE A Syrian boy sits on a destroyed tank in Syrian on 2015. (TR) 2015'te Suriye'de tahrip edilmiş bir tankın üzerinde suriyeli bir çocuk oturuyor. . Photo: Yasin Akgül @yasinakgul2 @afpphoto . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #suriye #syria #savaş #childrenofthewar #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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Uğur Gallenkuş, an artist from Istanbul, uses his work to help people understand exactly how drastic the difference can be between war-torn and poverty-stricken nations and the comparable luxury of life in developed countries.

He uses scenes which could be considered everyday or normal for some and combines them with photos taken from countries where the landscape or situation is massively different, creating a sharp contrast and presenting two very different lifestyles.

It could be holidaymakers enjoying water sports compared to migrants packed on to a boat, or thirsty people gathered around a well compared to a Starbucks cup.

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Refugees and migrants from Eritrea, Mali, Bangladesh and other countries wait on board a dinghy to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 27 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya. (TR) Libya, Sabratha'nın 27 km kuzeyinde Akdeniz'de Eritre, Mali, Bangladeş ve diğer ülkelerden gelen mülteci ve göçmenler bot üzerinde kurtarılmayı bekliyor. . Photo: Santi Palacios @santipalacios @apnews . #mülteci #regugees #savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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29-year-old Uğur, who makes the composite images as a hobby, spoke to UNILAD about his creations, explaining he uses art as a way to raise peoples awareness and build empathy.

The artist described visual art as a method which is more powerful and accessible than words written in a certain language.

He created his first collage in 2015 following the death of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey after his familys boat capsized as they attempted to journey to Europe.

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Artist combines images of developed and underdeveloped nationsUger Gallen/Twitter

The following year, Uğur began a series of his creations.

The images encourage viewers to realise that while many relate to the more luxurious photo, for others its the scenes of tragedy and pain which are familiar.

Theyll hit very differently depending on who is looking at them, but either way the photos provide an eye-opening account of how the other half live.

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#ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . Photo: Amer Almohibany @amer.almohibany @afpphoto . #suriye #syria #savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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According to The United Nations 2018 Development Report, the top 30 developed countries include Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Hong Kong, Sweden, Singapore, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, the US, the UK, Finland, New Zealand, Austria, France, the Czech Republic and Estonia, among others.

LDCs include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

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(REMAKE) Salem Saoody, 30, is getting his daughter Layan (L) and his niece Shaymaa 5 (R) in the only remaining piece from their damaged house, which is the bathing tub after Israeli airstrike. 2015, Gaza. (TR) Salem Soody kızı ve yiğeniyle İsrail hava saldırısı sonrasında zarar görmüş evlerindeki tek sağlam parça olan banyo küvetinin içindeler. 2015 Gazze. . Photo: Wissam Nassar @wissamgaza . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #gazze #gaza #umut #hope #savaşınçocukları #childrenofthewar #savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş #RemakeParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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Developed countries are defined as those with a developed economy and technologically advanced infrastructure, while LDCs are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development, with low levels of human assets. According to the UN, they are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks.

Though Uğur hopes to incite empathy through his creations, making developed nations see how lucky they are to live peacefully and beautifully, he also wants the images to impact people from underdeveloped countries.

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DOWN: Hands of refugees stretch out as they scramble for donations in the Balukhali camp on September 18, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. UP: Players of the USA lift the Women's World Cup Trophy following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (TR) AŞAĞI: 18 Eylül 2017'de Bangladeş, Cox's Bazar'daki Balukhali kampında yapılan bağışları mülteciler kapmak için çırpınıyorlar. YUKARI: 7 Temmuz 2019'da Fransa, Lyon'da ki Lyon Statyumunda Birleşik DEvlet ve Hollanda arasındaki 2019 FIFA Kadınlar Dünya Kupası Final maçını takiben kazanan Birleşik Devletler oyunları kupayı kaldırıyorlar. . Photos: D: Allison Joyce @allisonsarahjoyce U: Richard Heathcote @rheathcote @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #rohingya #mülteci #refugee #savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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Speaking to UNILAD, he explained:

I want to show [underdeveloped countries] they are far from peace, education, democracy, science and the arts and encourage them to question why they and their children cant be happy.

I want to make sure they see these issues more clearly. Seeing the inequality through my work makes clear there is a problem which needs to be solved.

If you are not a pluralistic, inclusive and productive society, you are open to suffering, to war, to exploitation.

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Yemeni children attend class on the first day of the new academic year in the country's third-city of Taez on September 3, 2019, at a school that was damaged last year in an air strike during fighting between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Huthi rebels. (TR) Yemenli çocuklar 3 Eylül 2019'da ülkenin üçüncü şehri olan Taez'de, Suudi destekli hükümet güçleri ile Husiler arasındaki savaş sırasında geçen yıl hava saldırısında zarar gören bir okulda, yeni akademik yılın ilk gününde sınıfta derse katıldılar. . Photo: Ahmad Al-Basha @afpphoto . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #yemen #childrenofthewar #savaş #war #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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It can be harrowing to learn of the suffering faced by humanity, even for those who are far removed from the issues. Sometimes its easier not to think about the extent of the problems and as a result not many people go out of their way to learn about the different world conflicts.

Though we hear about war and poverty in the news and online, its often only new or particularly notable stories which get told. As new events unfold, ongoing conflicts get pushed under the carpet and concern is shifted away from one issue and on to another.

Uğur works to consistently raise awareness for a range of conflicts across the globe. While he shares photos from Syria and scenes of the refugee crisis, situations which are common points of discussion nowadays, he also sheds light on other countries.

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A child fighter with poses with a gun at a military training facility during the Liberian Civil War. (TR) Liberya İç Savaşı sırasında bir askeri eğitim tesisinde silahla poz veren bir çocuk savaşçı. . Photo: Patrick Robert @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #liberya #liberia #cocuksavascı #childrensoldier#savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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The above image shows a child solider in Libya, where a civil war has been raging since 2014 as rivals seek control of the territory and oil. According to the UNs Children and Armed Conflict report, more than 7,000 children were drawn into frontline fighting and support roles globally in 2018.

Another image, featured below, shows a four-year-old wrapped in a blanket as she walks through a transit camp in Uganda after fleeing South Sudan. The civil war there has forced four million citizens to flee their homes since fighting began in 2013. Around 2.3 million people have escaped to neighbouring countries in search of safety, while 1.8 million are trapped inside the warring nation, Mercy Corps reports.

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Vickie, 4, holds a hair brush in her mouth she walks in the Kuluba, Uganda, transit camp, March 31, 2017. The civil war in South Sudan has killed tens of thousands and driven out more than 1.5 million people in the past three years, creating the worlds largest refugee crisis. Not as important as #MetGala2019 (TR) 4 yaşındaki Vickie ağzında tuttuğu tarağıyla Uganda'daki Kuluba mülteci kampında yürüyor. Güney Sudan'daki iç savaş on binlerce insanın ölümüne ve son üç yılda 1,5 milyon insanın yerlerini terk etmeleriyle Dünya'nın en büyük mülteci krizlerinden birisini oluşturdu. #MetGala2019 kadar önemli değil. . Photo: Jerome Delay @jeromedelay @apnews . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷 . #uganda #southsudan #mülteci #refugee #migrants #göç #savaş #war #art #collageartist #collage #collageart #ParalelEvrenSavaşBariş

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