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15 Powerful Photos of Terror, Tragedy, and Hope From Around the World This Week

People gather at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas promenade on the Joan Miro mosaic, embedded in the pavement where the van stopped after killing at least 13 people in Barcelona , Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Spanish police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.
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One dead in Charlottesville. Thirteen dead in Barcelona.

It was a week of escalating violence that saw not one, but two tragic attacks take place halfway around the world from one another.

But it was also a week that, even during its darkest moments, gave way ultimately to hope. Mourners gathered at Barcelona's Las Ramblas, paying tribute to the dead with flowers, messages, and candles. In Charlottesville, thousands carried candles at a vigil, just days after white nationalist marchers brandished torches at the same spot. 

Global Citizen is bringing you these images and more from around the world this week: 


1) Terror Attack in Spain: (Above) People gather at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas promenade on the Joan Miro mosaic, embedded in the pavement where the van stopped after killing at least 13 people in Barcelona , Spain, Friday, Aug. 18. Spanish police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.

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2) Charlottesville Vigil: Thousands gather with candles to march along the path that White Supremacists took the prior Friday with torches on the University of Virginia Campus in Charlottesville, United States on August 16. 

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3) Kenya Election Aftermath: Supporters of Kenya's embattled opposition leader, Raila Odinga, gather at an electronics repair shop to watch Odinga on television, as he gives a press conference, on August 16 in the Kibera district of Nairobi. Raila Odinga vowed to take his election rigging claims to court, while urging his supporters to protest peacefully against the 'death of democracy'.

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4) Afghanistan Daily Life: A girl looks out from the window of her home as she poses for photograph in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 16. Three decades of conflict devastated Afghanistan’s education systems and institutions. The Ministry of Education, with support from donors, has built more than 16,000 schools, recruited and trained more than 154,000 teachers, and increased net enrollment rates for school-aged children close to 60% according to a 2015 USAID report.

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5) Migrant Crisis: A man stands on the deck of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres after his transfer from the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), in the Mediterranean Sea, on August 16. Many migrants are from poor sub-Saharan Africa, fleeing violence in their home country or desperate for a better life in prosperous Europe.

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6) Perseid Meteor shower: This picture taken on August 12 shows a couple enjoying Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminating the dark sky near Comillas, Cantabria community, northern Spain, during the 'Perseids' meteor shower. Northern hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat on August 11 and 13, night with a rare shooting star 'outburst', which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a bright Moon.

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7) Confederate Monument Protests: Protesters, silhouetted against the evening sky demonstrate in response to a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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8) Terror Attack in Spain: A woman gestures as she is escorted out by Spanish policemen outside a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 80 on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. A driver deliberately rammed a van into a crowd on Barcelona's most popular street on August 17, killing at least 13 people before fleeing to a nearby bar, police said. Officers in Spain's second-largest city said the ramming on Las Ramblas was a 'terrorist attack'.

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9) Wildfires in Portugal: A firefighter carries a hose during a wildfire at Vale de Abelha village in Macao, on August 16.

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10) Unrest in Central African Republic: Young displaced muslims pose for a photograph at the displaced muslims refugee camp of the Catholic minor seminary in Bangassou, south-eastern Central African Republic, some 470 km east of the capital Bangui on August 14. Several hundred Muslims from the Central African Republic took refuge at the site of the Catholic seminary after violence devastated Bangassou (about 470 km east of the capital Bangui) and its region in last May.

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11) Monsoon Flooding in India: An Indian boatman rows his boat in the River Ganges, flooded after heavy monsoon rains in Allahabad, India, Aug. 12. The annual monsoon season, which runs from June through September, is vital for the largely agrarian economies of South Asia but every year also brings floods and landslides.

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12) Rohinga Refugees: A Rohingya refugee takes a nap as a child lies next to him outside a temporary shelter in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 16. A day after the U.N. chief voiced concern about Indian plans to potentially deport tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees, an Indian government official said Wednesday that authorities are only working to identify those who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar, not expel them. An estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in various parts of India, though fewer than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

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13) Charlottesville: Flowers, candles and chalk-written messages surround a photograph of Heather Heyer on the spot where she was killed and 19 others injured when a car slamed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally, August 16 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville will hold a memorial service for Heyer Wednesday, four days after she was killed when a participant in a white nationalists, neo-Nazi rally allegedly drove his car into the crowd of people demonstrating against the 'alt-right' gathering.

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14) India Floods: Flood victims on makeshift banana rafts collect biscuit packets distributed by government officials in Pokoria village, east of Gauhati, north eastern Assam state, India, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed dozens of people in recent days and displaced millions more across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.

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15) Charlottesville Mourns: Brittney Cain-Conley, lead organizer for Congregate Charlottesville, with hat, gets a hug from a supporter after she addressed the crowd during a vigil on Sunday, Aug. 13, held at the site where a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.