Events of 2007 With a Preface by Professor Wangari Maathai, founder of theGreen Belt Movement and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winnerEdited by Ishbel Matheson
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A Hindu woman seeks shelter after herhome in Siranganj, Bangladesh, was submerged duringthe 2007 ﬂoods. Over 5 million people have been dis-placed in Bangladesh and many have lost their lives.G.M.B. Akash/Panos Pictures
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