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17 Pictures From the Week That Will Inspire You to Take Action

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For many, this first week of September has brought with it the inspiration to take action.

President Donald Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has spurred thousands to stand up and protect Dreamers across the United States.

Malala Yousafzai demanded an end to the ‘heart-breaking’ ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, including some 164,000 who have found momentary rest in refugee camps across Bangladesh.

Five former US presidents united to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the latest hurricane expected to hit a string of Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, before heading to Florida on Sunday.

Global Citizen brings you these pictures and more:


1) Rohingya Refugees: (Above) A Rohingya woman comforts her exhausted son as they take shelter inside a school after having just arrived from the Myanmar side of the border at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Some 164,000 Rohingya from the area have fled across the border in Bangladesh in less than two weeks since Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police outposts in Gawdu Zara and several others, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday.

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2) US Immigration: A woman hangs a banner at the wall between Mexico and US during a protest against the possibility of deportation of dreamers included in DACA program in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico on September 4, 2017. US president Donald Trump on Tuesday could scrap the so-called DACA program that has protected from deportation some 800,000 people who arrived in the county illegally as minors.

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3) Hurricne Irma, Haiti: A woman walks next to the Mapou River, in Shadaa neighborhood, in Cap-Haitien, in the north of Haiti, 240 km from Port-au-Prince, ahead of Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017. The monster hurricane coming on the heels of Harvey, which struck Texas and Louisiana late last month, is expected to hit a string of Caribbean islands including Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida.

Demonstrators in cities across the U.S. protested yesterday after President Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or #DACA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed days of speculation that the #Trump administration would end DACA in 6 months, leaving Congress to come up with a legislative solution to replace it. The announcement, fulfilling a campaign pledge of President @realdonaldtrump, immediately threw into question the future of everyone who signed up under the program. Some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the U.S. illegally as children who qualify for DACA will become eligible for deportation. “Am I supposed to plan to reset my life in 6 months?” one graduate student and so-called Dreamer asked. “This isn’t over, and we’re not going to be pushed out of our country.” @heislerphoto photographed a demonstration outside of Trump Tower in New York yesterday. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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4) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Protest: Demonstrators in cities across the U.S. protested after President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed days of speculation that the #Trump administration would end DACA in 6 months, leaving Congress to come up with a legislative solution to replace it. The announcement, fulfilling a campaign pledge of President Trump, immediately threw into question the future of everyone who signed up under the program. Todd Heisler photographed a demonstration outside of Trump Tower in New York for the New York Times. 

5) Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico: A man reacts in the winds and rain as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, September 6, 2017.

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6) Hajj: An aerial view shows Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on September 3, 2017, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

7) Hurricane Irma, Saint Martin: View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean September 6, 2017.

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8) Hurricane Irma, Dominican Republic: A home is surrounded by debris brought in by Hurricane Irma in Nagua, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic when it roared by Thursday, just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.

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9) Syria: Two Syrian boys walk down a street amid destroyed buildings in a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on September 6, 2017.

10) DACA: Protestors gather at City Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., to demonstrate against the changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on September 5, 2017.

11) Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Nikki Fields, a single mother, gets emotional and hugs her friend Lupe Bernal after being told that someone was helping her collect donations to help her rebuild her home in Houston, Texas.

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12) Hurricane Irma, Haiti: The sunrise is seen through the rain in Cap-Haitien on September 7, 2017, 240 km from Port-au-Prince, as Hurricane Irma approaches. Powerful Hurricane Irma cut a swathe of deadly destruction as it roared through the Caribbean on September 6, claiming at least nine lives and turning the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin into mountains of rubble.

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13) Mediterranean Sea Migrant Crisis: Members of the Spanish NGO ProActiva Open Arms distribute life jackets to migrants as they rescue them from a rubber dinghy on the Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. ProActiva Open Arms rescued more than 200 migrants Wednesday morning from foundering rubber dinghies about 25 miles north of the Libyan coastal town of al-Khums. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

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14) Eid al-Adha in Syria: Syrian children play with balloons in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, as Muslims celebrate the third day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on September 3, 2017.

15) Rohingya Refugees: Rohingya refugees walk to the shore with his belongings after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 5, 2017.

16) Tropical Storm Harvey: A submerged home is seen in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Vidor, Texas, U.S. September 5, 2017.

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17) Hurricane Irma, Saint Martin: A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows a car on the beach in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place.