In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 photo, Pakistani Waseem Akram, 27, applies makeup on his face as he prepares himself for a party at a friend’s place in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 photo, Pakistani Waseem Akram, 27, applies makeup on his face as he prepares himself for a party at a friend’s place in Rawalpindi,...

In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 photo, Pakistani Waseem Akram, 27, applies makeup on his face as he prepares himself for a party at a friend’s place in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. By day, Akram sells mobile phone accessories from an alleyway shop in an old neighborhood of this Pakistani city. But by night, he stands before a mirror, shaving away his beard and picking through mascara and rouge to become Rani, a female wedding party dancer. ìLife is so hard, one job is not enough to help me and my family,î Akram says. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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