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Photographs of Dakota Pipeline’s Last Holdout of Demonstrators

This story appears in the May issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.

After months of resistance and public outcry, on December 4, 2016, the Obama administration announced it would halt construction on the Dakota Access pipeline, and the Army Corps of Engineers soon started conducting a study on the potentially harmful effects it could have on the environment. But the effort didn't last long. In January, President Trump gave instructions to cease the study, which meant construction could begin again. Then, in February, North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, citing safety concerns, issued an emergency evacuation order, giving protesters until the 22nd to leave their camps near Lake Oahe. Larry Towell, who has spent years documenting Native American issues in Canada and the US, made his third and perhaps final trip to the pipeline. There, at the Oceti Sakowin camp, he captured the remaining water protectors—the demonstrators, many of them tribal leaders and young people from around the country. The next day, police trucks and construction vehicles entered the camp, and some holdouts fled onto the frozen Cannonball River.

Images of Hope and Resettlement from Rio Ozama in Santo Domingo

This story appears in the April issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.

Nearly 300,000 people live in the slums alongside the polluted Rio Ozama in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital. The river has seen catastrophic flooding in recent years, which experts attribute to extreme weather caused by global warming. As a result, President Danilo Medina began a resettlement program to move more than 5,500 residents from La Barquita, one of the city's most precarious neighborhoods. Those chosen will be placed in social housing across the bank, in New Barquita. The process is a collective effort, as the federal government has trained prospective families about the rules and particularities of relocating. (One stipulation is teaching mothers how to read and write.) After ten years, the tenants will become official owners of their new homes. The above photo, taken aboard a boat, depicts the run-down houses many are leaving behind for a new life.

Photographs of the Aftermath of the Iraqi Forces in Eastern Mosul

This story appears in the March issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.

In 2014, the Islamic State stormed through central and northern Iraq, conquering Mosul within days. An offensive to retake the city began in October 2016, displacing more than 100,000 people, but on January 19, 2017, Iraqi forces declared victory in Mosul's eastern half. Some 30,000 people have since returned, but ISIS still controls the western section, its last major stronghold in the region. During the campaign for liberation, a fight broke out on this bridge in east Mosul, when civilians were just beginning to return to their homes. Over the past two years, ISIS has destroyed most of the bridges to deter travel, but they remain the primary way to cross and transfer goods from a safe area to an occupied one—which are sometimes, as seen here, only a mile apart from each other. Below are other selects from Hinsch's new body of work.