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Photo series: Cave dwellers

 INSP 04 May 2019

Cave dwelling isn’t just a way of life favoured by our prehistoric ancestors. Whether it’s to get spiritually closer to Mother Earth, for economic reasons, as an escape from violence and persecution or simply a way of life that goes back generations, millions of people across the world live in homes carved from rock. This Reuters photo series introduces the cave dwellers of Afghanistan, China, Mexico, Honduras and Palestine. (290 Words) - By Staff Writer

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A woman from the ethnic Hazara minority stands in front of her cave home in Bamiyan, some 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Kabul, April 12, 2019. The Hazaras, an ethnic group living in central Afghanistan mountain region, are Shi'ite Muslims who have complained of discrimination by Kabul for centuries and are among the poorest people in the war-ravaged country. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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The wife of Sakhi Allah is seen at the door of their cave home, in the Afghan village of Mulayan, Bamiyan province April 19, 2019. Villagers say their homes were sacked by the Taliban and when they returned from several years as refugees, they were forced to move into old caves dug into the hills above their former houses. Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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A man, whose wife died, sits as he smokes at the door of his cave-room in Yuncheng, Shanxi province August 7, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

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Shuang Ling, 9, plays with her puppy on a bed in the cave where she lives in Gao Ling at the outskirts of Xi'an in Shaanxi province July 20, 2019. Some 3000 residents live in caves in the area. The caves were dug for residential purposes since at least 200 years ago, a local resident said. Credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias

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Palestinian Halimeh Saleem (L) washes dishes at her cave home in the northern Negev Desert, near the West Bank city of Hebron, January 17, 2019. The Hamdan clan, a Palestinian community of 120 members, still carry on with their ancestors' traditional way of life, living in caves and surviving on the fruits of the earth. Credit: REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

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The home of the Hernandez family is seen near San Jose de Las Piedras in Mexico's northern state of Coahuila January 16, 2019. For over 30 years, Benito Hernandez, his wife Santa Martha de la Cruz Villarreal and their family have lived in an odd sun-dried brick home with a huge 40 metre (131 feet) diameter rock used as a roof. Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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Francisca Gomez poses for a photograph inside her home, a cave where she has been living for the past 50 years, in the mountains on the outskirts of Chusmuy April 21, 2019. The 75-year old widow receives help from neighbors and friends and she makes a little money by selling wood she collects, according to a local newspaper.Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

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