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Summer weather brings people together outside to enjoy music festivals, county fairs, carnivals and religious observations. I've gathered here some recent images of these celebrations, including a flaming horseman in Kyrgyzstan, Bastille Day in France, a German fun park inside a former nuclear power plant, and much more. [39 photos]

A girl on her father's shoulders looks through a maze of sunflowers growing in a field during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on July 24, 2011. A total of some 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer festival, an annual draw for the small town. (Kazuhuro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

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All Photographs by Markel Redondo

Kidnapping Central American migrants who cross Mexico on their way north is one of the latest rackets of organized-crime groups.

Men check a map at a shelter in Arriaga, Chiapas. Migrants crossing through Mexico on their way north now have to worry about the latest racket of Mexican-organized crime groups: kidnapping.

Neighbors and relatives mourn the husband of Marlene, center. He was killed in a brutal August 2010 attack by the criminal group Zetas.

Migrants deported from Mexico wait in line for food at the border between Honduras and Guatemala. The victims, almost always headed to the U.S., are targeted by gangs who often use them as ransom, forcibly recruit as workers, or sell them into the sex trade.

Migrants sleep next to the train tracks in Palenque, Chiapas.

A migrant rests on a train car in Palenque.

Yamileth, center, said she left Honduras due to spousal abuse. After weeks traveling from Honduras toward the U.S. she suffered an accident.

She lost her leg in the accident, while trying to catch a train in Lecheria, Mexico, on her way from Honduras to the U.S.

Migrants riding on a northbound train receive food from residents of La Patrona, a small nearby village.

Women from La Patrona have for more than a decade provided food and water to migrants as they pass through the town on northbound trains.

People cross the Suchiate River on a raft. Many migrants cross this river, which separates Guatemala and Mexico, on their way to the U.S.

A migrant exercises at a shelter in Chiapas. An estimated 500,000 migrants from Central America cross Mexico every year.

A migrant prays at a church in Altar, near the U.S.-Mexican border.

A migrant sleeps on a train in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Jose Castro, from Honduras, walks across the ‘arrocera’ in Chiapas, an area where migrants are often robbed and attacked by criminals. Just this year, more than 4,000 immigrants have been rescued by Mexican security forces from their captors.

All Photographs by Markel Redondo

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