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Up close and personal: Egyptian photographer captures country's lost 'humanity'

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Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps.

Egyptian photographer Mosa'ab Elshamy is just 23 years old, but in recent weeks he has seen friends killed and his brother arrested amid the violence that has overtaken his country. He talked to NBC News about what motivates him to go on recording the turmoil unfolding around him.

Watch Ayman Mohyeldin's interview with Elshamy below:

One man has spent the last three years telling Egypt's story one picture at a time. The images are captivating and sometimes disturbing. Meet the man who's documenting the nation's people in a time of change. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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Security forces backed by bulldozers forcefully closed pro-Morsi sit-ins, setting off clashes that killed hundreds of people.