International photojournalism

Misratah under siege

Libya's third largest town has been under siege for three months. Qaddafi's forces and the militias of shabab, or revolutionary youth, fight to control the city in a conflict of unprecedented violence, which caused hundreds of dead and devastated a large part of the town, which for weeks has been su more
Women of the revolution

They have been appointed as the "revolutionary sisters". The Bugaighis sisters, Salwa and Iman, are the female face of an interim government. One is a lawyer, the other one a doctor. One has joined the council that is leading Benghazi, the other one is in charge for the logistics and the relations w more
Two wheels, one ambulance

Sao Paulo, one of the most chaotic cities in Brazil: 11 million inhabitants, seven million vehicles, hundreds of accidents and episodes of violent criminality which leave casualties on the streets every day. The terribly congested traffic makes it impossible for a conventional ambulance to reach an more
China Islamic Frontier

Stretching from Taklamakan desert to the peaks of Pamir, Xinjiang is the biggest and the most diverse of China's provinces. Inhabited by the Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethinc group, its vast natural resources include oil, coal, gas and uranium. From the other provinces, millions of migrants more
Save Massawa

"With easy mooring, Massawa is without a doubt the loveliest port on the Red Sea" noted the Italian delegate, Ferdinando Martini, in 1896. Massawa is the other side of Christian Eritrea, a city, which with its arches, its arabesques, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways, looks towards the Islamic East. more
Navy Vs. Pirates

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast is today's worse threat against merchant ships. Damages to world commerce amount to hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and are caused by a bunch of criminals who, motivated by hunger and poverty, attack huge cargo ships from tiny speedboat more
South Africa
Western Cape Province

During the winter, thousands of huge Southern Right Whales swim up from the freezing Antarctic waters and come to give birth in the quiet bays of Western Cape, for the delight of whale watchers the world over. In Hermanus and the neighbouring areas, the whales come so close to the coast that it's no more
Dancalia, in the devil's land

The vast Danakil depression marks the beginning of the Great Rift Valley, the largest, longest and most prominent fault in the Earth's crust. Here, the underlying magma lies nearer to the surface than any other place on the planet. In the middle of the depression, the Erta Ale volcano appears like a more
Meskel, the bonfire of plenty

"Do you know that Christianity arrived in Eritrea by chance?" explains father Abraha as he watches the Meskel parade. "It disembarked with a group of Syrian merchants who were shipwrecked along the coast of the Red Sea on their way back from India". Today, at least half of the inhabitants in Eritrea more
War Fishing Boats

Misratah has been under the siege of Qaddafi's troops for three months, and its only channel of communication with free Libya is the sea. The population of Benghazi, with the creativity that characterizes the revolution, has organized a boat line to supply the country's third city with food, medicin more
The green heart of Africa

Emerald-green hills, scorched savannahs and sky-blue lakes surrounded by volcanic chains and rain forests as dense as honey. Endless tea and banana plantations, audacious agriculture and sleepy villages suspended on the equator, poised between the dramatic historical vicissitudes of twenty years of more
Little Ranias grow up

They're women between 20 and 40 years of age, who live in the cities and don't wear the veil, those who visit coffee shops and shopping centres. They call them the "Rania Generation", because they'll go to any lengths to resemble the queen, copying her clothes and her hairstyle, her natural make-up more
Stories of ordinary slavery

Every year, at least 50,000 girls travel from Nigeria (mostly from Benin City, one of the country's poorest cities) to Europe. A trafficker, with the help of a voodoo, or juju, priest, managed to convince them that a decent job awaits them in the promised land. The journey is often nightmarish, tryi more
13 women against Al-Qaeda

In Yemen, thirteen veiled women, dangerous and armed to the teeth, have chosen a life of battles. The enemies are two, terrorism and prejudice, the weapons to combat them, different: for the first, an assault light machine gun, for the second, to exist is enough. For the Yemeni society, chronically more
Mozart vs. Taliban

A little while ago, the Afghan National Institute of Music opened in Kabul, in a half-destroyed building which is currently being restored. Its founder, Ahmad Sarmast, a famous Afghan musician (and son of the national anthem's composer) returned from exile in Australia with the precise intention to more
Mens sana in corpore afgano

Lacking other facilities, the athletes in Kabul train in the Olympic Stadium, infamous for having being used for public executions during the Taliban regime. In the structure where adulteresses were stoned to death and opponents of the regime shot, athletes from different events now take turns to sh more
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